It's time to spice up your life! Summer months lend themselves to lots of fresh fruits and vegetables - but I often forget to enhance my meals with spices and herbs when fruits and veggies taste so great in season! Here's a sneak peak of a document my clients get along with their program in order to enhance antioxidants in their diet with herbs and spices! Further to my wonderful student Cassie's post on the health benefits of herbs and spices, I'm presenting to you the herbs
It's time to break up with your dieting mindset. Things are not what you expected... it's not meeting your needs like it used to... and "hello, handsome" whole foods are the way. The other day I spoke with some healthcare professionals who were proud to report they were "on a diet". I was stunned. Since when is it impressive to be on a diet? It does throw a wrench into my plan to relieve the world of the "dieting" mindset when the target audience is actively searching for a q
Another cozy meal for you. Built by yours truly, this cheesy, non-dairy mac n' cheese has the perfect amount of subtly sweet, sour, and savoury flavours, with the surprise crunch of delicious salt and pepper tofu cubes. Which, on their own, are a fantastic vegan party snack. Not that you likely have vegan parties very often - but if you do, I really hope I'm invited. Especially if you're cooking crispy tofu bites. The fresh cracked black peppercorns over the tofu cubes really
Ahh, winter. The season of savoury and cinnamon-spiced aromas, crackling indoor fires, and... pomegranates! Take in this lovely little fruit. And say it out loud with me... ARILS. Little red diamonds filled with antioxidant superpowers, with a name that is at once creepy (thinking tendrils and tentacles) and cute! Yum yum! Pomegranates pack a punch of vitamin C, provide a specific type of antioxidant found in red wine, and contain natural compounds that prevent breast cancer.
Cardiovascular disease affects millions of North Americans every day, costing billions of health care dollars to treat, yet they are preventable! Cardiovascular disease is a term that indicates plaque build-up in the arteries or veins of the heart, around the heart, and all around the body. It can be focused in your limbs, in the brain, around the heart, or anywhere in the vessels of the body.
Cardiovascular disease, often simply called "heart disease", is the umbrella tit
Disclosure: I'm a full-fledged, passionate-about-work Dietitian, but really, my dream job is that of a world-travelling professional food critic. What a delight to my senses it would be to see the world AND to taste it! My mother chose "travel agent" as her second career, but has written about food in her travel journals with such precise detail that you could relive the flavours again and again. Through her continually chatting to family about various exotic places she's bee
A good friend put out a question on social media at the beginning of 2016 asking what word resonated with me when looking toward the new year. (Sound cool? Read on and write your own 2017 word below!) My word was radiance. In anticipation of getting married and embracing my new role as a wife and home owner, my heart was looking to shine and be seen and recognized as radiant. I found that my “year of radiance” perfectly defined the former months of 2016 during wedding season,
A first entry about the married life - since everybody's asking. Then again, do I really know how married life is? It's been only 6 months! (...of blessings!!!).
A lot of people I meet comment on how lucky I am to have a professional chef in the home. I wholeheartedly agree, and then reflect on how obviously I lack in expertise as compared to the skills he brings to the literal table! Still, I have found my place in the Meghawache kitchen. Nidal experiments with whatever is
Oh joy of joys! I have been away from blogging and regular posts for months now in order to plan and enjoy our wedded bliss. It was absolutely the most wonderful, romantic, joyful, blessed day of my life. I am so happy to finally be a wife to this most amazing man of my dreams. Really, I am so happy that I have been laugh-crying. It is truly a time that my heart is lifted so high that I still can't believe this is reality.
Checking in to my own goals with training and nutri
The healthiest weight loss plan is one that sustains a healthy weight over the span of your life. Here are some tips for a healthy approach to weight loss:
Set up your surroundings for success. Ensure that your home and workplace are helping, not hindering your success. Make sure you have the physical tools available to create healthy meals. If you can, remove or avoid any trigger to your previous unhealthy behaviours.
Develop your food skills and knowledge. Invest time and
It can be challenging to teach healthy food habits in a world that promotes non-nutritious food as rewards. Here are a few tips to create healthy environments at home.
Trust your child’s hunger cues. Telling your child to finish his or her plate all the time can lead to a habit of ignoring their body’s natural hunger cues. Trust that they will eat according to their growth needs. If you are in doubt, consult a Registered Dietitian.
Offer plenty of healthy options at snacks
The average person can spend up to half of their wakeful day at work, so your eating behaviours in your workplace can have a significant impact on your health.
Skip the drive-thru breakfasts. Bake a big batch of whole-grain breakfast muffins or mix up some oats with milk and fresh or dried fruit for the road. You will save money and steer clear of unnecessary calories, added sugars, and saturated fats.
Avoid eating at your desk. Put aside your work for your lunch and coffee
This video is almost an hour long. But the speaker is witty, knowledgeable and totally worth it! Interesting research - let me know what you think in the comments section! #philosophy #nutrition #wellness #disease #prevention #dietitian #trainer #edmonton #nutritionfacts #2017 #2018
Strict adherence and extreme discipline with exercise and nutrition are something I think our culture mistakenly commends. The act of going on or being on a diet is still a widespread method of attempting weight control. Luckily, new trends point toward "a healthy lifestyle", allowing for some slips and trips along the way.
One of the first things I try to get clients to acknowledge is that in nutrition there are no “absolutes” when it comes to a healthy lifestyle (althoug
There seems to be a lot of hype these days about Vitamin D supplements. Debates continue on about its role in preventative health, and about how much we should consume. Some suggest that Vitamin D is the cure for asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and even diabetes and cancer. Research is still unclear on the benefits in chronic disease prevention, it is without a doubt an important nutrient and we know that deficiency can cause rickets and weak bones. Vitamin
Iron is an essential nutrient in the diet of herbivores and carnivores alike. The most widely recognized sources of iron are animal sources, especially red meat. You may not realize that optimal amounts of iron can be obtained from a plant-based diet. By incorporating plant based iron sources into a vegetarian or vegan diet, individuals can easily meet their iron requirements without having to defer to supplemental forms or animal based sources.
Iron is essential for human
I welcome nutrition student Emily Fleming to the floor! Emily is a university student pursuing dietetics, and is a plant-based diet advocate as I am. Here she shares her journey from vegetarian to vegan and back. Thank you Emily for your contribution!
“Hi, my name is Emily! I am currently a third year nutrition student. I have always flip-flopped between being a pescetarian (a vegetarian who eats fish), to vegetarian, to vegan diet since I was around 12 years old. However,
Superfoods have been at the forefront of nutrition research for decades. It seems we cannot learn enough about antioxidants and free radicals! The importance of eating a diet with foods high in antioxidants and other beneficial compounds goes beyond looking and "feeling" younger. You can reduce the chances of getting certain chronic diseases by eating foods high in antioxidants more commonly known as "superfoods" (more obviously known as whole nutritious plant foods!). Some s
Coconut oil has been famed for having healing properties, easing digestion, improving heart health, and giving back youth and vitality to skin, hair and nails. Let's take a look at the facts and latest research to dispel any myths and misconceptions you may have had about this tropical source of plant fat.
If you are interested to know what the buzzword "MCT" or "Medium Chain Triglycerides" is all about, then this paragraph is for you! If not, you can skip over to the next