Nutrition for Runners: Carbs, Coffee and More!

Nutrition for Runners: Carbs, Coffee and More!

There are few things that make me happier than heading out for a long trail run with friends, or heading to the track for a speed workout. I love the challenge of pushing my body and mind to the extremes that distance running provides. Even more so at this time of year, as the days are slowly getting longer, the air is warmer, and the sunshine is a little bit brighter. 

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Is my child getting enough protein?

Is my child getting enough protein?

In my years as a dietitian working in pediatrics, I have met many parents who are worried about their child’s nutrition. When it comes time to the “learning eater” (aka "picky eater"), parents are typically concerned about limited vegetable or protein intake. Today I thought I would start by addressing protein, because we all know that protein is a lot more “sexy” and “buzz-wordy” than vegetables!

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Canada 150: Saskatchewan Lentil Bolognese Spaghetti

Canada 150: Saskatchewan Lentil Bolognese Spaghetti

The rich farmland in Saskatchewan is part of the “bread basket” of Canada, producing many of the cereal crops including barley, wheat, oats and triticale (a hybrid of wheat and rye). This label may have to change soon to “pulse pot” of Canada, as exports of pulse crops, such as lentils, are matching canola and non-durum wheat exports. Saskatchewan produced approximately 96% of the Canadian lentil crop in 2014.

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Making change happen

Making change happen

Sometimes writing comes easily for me and other times it does not. It has been difficult to write throughout the month of April. I attempted numerous times to sit down and compose my thoughts and each time I gave up after starring at a blank computer screen for 15 minutes. I was frustrated at the inability to write. So, I decided that I had “writer’s block”. But was this really the problem? Not completely. When I dug deeper, I realized that my “writer’s block” was not my illness but rather, was a symptom of a broader issue in my life, which was that life was getting a bit too full, a bit too busy, which didn’t leave time for creative thought.

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5 sensible strategies to enjoy a splurge-worthy Easter

5 sensible strategies to enjoy a splurge-worthy Easter

This weekend marks the Easter long weekend, which for many will involve larger holiday meals with turkey or ham, potatoes and all the trimmings … and lots of sweets including chocolate Easter bunnies, eggs and other traditional delicacies. I often get asked how I keep my weight in check over these treat-filled holidays. Truth is, I have no fancy tricks up my sleeve. What I do have are some sensible strategies that I apply to my eating throughout the year, which allow me to fully savour my conscious indulgences without guilt.

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Stop blaming all your digestive woes on gluten … PLEASE!

Stop blaming all your digestive woes on gluten … PLEASE!

The people closest to me know that I can sometimes get on my soapbox and go on a rant. We all have our moments that get us fired up, and for me, it can be some of the hottest or latest issues and topics in the nutrition world that just “rot my socks” so to speak. The topics that get me most fired up, you wonder? Well, you may be surprised to hear that many common perceptions about gas/bloating, gluten and food sensitivities are often times misinformed and these are some of the hardest areas for me to just shut up and be quiet. 

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Picky Eating: how to take the mayhem out of mealtime

Picky Eating: how to take the mayhem out of mealtime

If you are a parent with a picky eater at home, no doubt the first thought that popped into your mind when you saw that the theme for nutrition month was "Take the Fight out of Food" was “yes, I wish I could stop fighting with my preschooler/toddler over eating his or her food!”

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