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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Back to Basics - Part IV: A Beginner's Guide to Healthy Meal Planning

Back to Basics - Part IV: A Beginner's Guide to Healthy Meal Planning

At last! We have arrived! This is the last post of my four-part blog series on Getting Back to the Basics. Since they always say to "save the best for last" I thought I would follow through on that wisdom and save, what I would consider to be the most important aspect of healthy eating, for last, which is meal planning. 

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Celebrate Canada's 150th: Manitoba Hemp Pumpkin Pancakes

Celebrate Canada's 150th: Manitoba Hemp Pumpkin Pancakes

In celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, I invite you to join me as I embark on an exciting journey from sea to sea as I traverse this great nation and explore the foods that are grown and raised right here in Canada by our hard-working farmers. This is the first of 12 feature recipe blogs that I will be posting each month over the next 12 months, as I highlight foods from each province and territory of our beloved nation.

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Back to the Basics - Part III: 4 staple healthy foods to learn to cook

Back to the Basics - Part III: 4 staple healthy foods to learn to cook

Grab your apron, it’s time to cook!

Now that you have a good assortment of the kitchen gadgets and healthy food on hand, you need to know what to DO with them to make them work FOR you, not just become a space-occupying lesion in your home! Don’t worry if you aren't the greatest cook or burnt the piece of toast you had for supper last night. Cooking is like anything else in life, it's best learned by diving in! Who knows? You may even discover a new-found passion or talent!

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Back to Basics - Part II: It's time to go grocery shopping!

Back to Basics - Part II: It's time to go grocery shopping!

Last week we talked about getting the right tools on hand in your kitchen so that you can cook healthy, easy, stress-free meals. This week’s blog is going to talk about getting the right FOOD on hand, because if our cupboards are stocked with things that are generally healthy, then we are set ourselves up for success. I know that I personally would be hard pressed to eat a healthy diet if the foods weren’t in my house. And I’ll admit, I am too lazy to get in the car and drive anywhere to satisfy a craving once the kids are in bed!

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