Nutrition Month Musings of a Dietitian

Nutrition Month Musings of a Dietitian

Happy Nutrition Month!  In case you haven’t heard, March is Nutrition Month and Registered Dietitians actually get an entire “Dietitian’s Day” devoted to their profession on March 20th – YAY!  So let’s celebrate! Instead of writing a more traditional “Nutrition Month” blog, which focuses on a healthy eating theme, I thought it might be more interesting to write about some of my reflections on actually being a Dietitian. 

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Plant-Powered Pumpkin Lentil Soup

Plant-Powered Pumpkin Lentil Soup

This soup creation is adapted from and inspired by my mom, who made a large batch when she was visiting right after I had my daughter. It provided warm, cozy comfort during those first chaotic, anxiety-filled, sleep-deprived weeks of motherhood. I have enjoyed variations of it ever since. It also freezes beautifully. An added bonus is that this is now one of my 4-year-old daughter’s favourite soups as well!

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Introducing highly allergenic foods to infants: 2019 Canadian guidelines

Introducing highly allergenic foods to infants: 2019 Canadian guidelines

If you’re a new parent, there is a high probability that you’re suffering from information overload on every and any topic related to babies and parenting, but most certainly on how to feed your baby! From breastfeeding to formula feeding, baby-led weaning to purees, organic to conventional foods, omnivore to vegan diets, there’s a position or choice to make about everything!

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Nutrition for Performance: What should a hockey player eat?

Nutrition for Performance: What should a hockey player eat?

We’re well into hockey season here in Canada, and many hockey families are spending their early mornings, evenings, and weekends, shuttling their future NHLers off to practices, games, and tournaments. For parents, feeding growing kids can be challenging enough without busy practice and game schedules, and on-ice performance to keep in mind. However, nutrition is especially key during this busy season as, on top of everything else, immune function can be comprised, illnesses run rampant, and energy output is high.

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The greatest gift to give your daughter this Christmas

The greatest gift to give your daughter this Christmas

I don’t know about you but I am exhausted with “how to stay healthy over the holidays” articles that appear this time of year. If you haven’t lived in a cave for the past few years, you likely don’t need to be reminded that eating fruits and veggies is a good idea and that too much chocolate can leave anyone with gut-rot.

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What's the harm in removing gluten?

What's the harm in removing gluten?

I get asked this question (or some version of it) often when it comes to removing certain foods from children’s diets. More specifically, the question I often get asked is, “my child has stomach pain (or constipation, or bloating or difficulties concentrating, etc) so what’s the harm if I just take gluten out of his or her diet?”

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A Trio of Dips: Hummus, Guacamole and Tzatziki

A Trio of Dips: Hummus, Guacamole and Tzatziki

I am a self-proclaimed "dip-girl". I love dips. I wouldn't eat nearly as many veggies as I do if I didn't have something delicious to dip them into. Since dips are one of the easiest things to make, I like to make mine at home to save some money, and in my biased opinion, they taste much better than store-bought alternatives. 


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Are food additives harmful to your children?

Are food additives harmful to your children?

This past week, one headline caught my attention as it read “Food Additives and Child Health” published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Although the content in the article was not new to me, the fact that AAP released a technical report on this topic did elevate my sense of concern regarding food additives. 

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Nutritional Pet Peeves: Commercial Baby Food

Nutritional Pet Peeves: Commercial Baby Food

While I was at the grocery store the other day, I took a short-cut down the baby food aisle on my way to the check-out. As I was walking, I couldn’t help but to scan the products that lined the shelves from top to bottom. Suddenly, I had an “ah-ha” moment and I knew that the inspiration for my next blog was about to be birthed (pardon the pun!)

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National Dietitian Day: what do dietitians REALLY do?

National Dietitian Day: what do dietitians REALLY do?

Did you know that March 14th is National Dietitian Day?! Well you know now! (P.S. can someone please remind my husband – I think he is 0 for 9 and counting…) Every year a day in March is dedicated to dietitians across Canada, to celebrate RDs as the trusted choice for reliable, evidence-based, food and nutrition advice. For some, the word “dietitian” might evoke images of tall skinny lady wearing a white lab coat with a tight bun in her hair, carrying a clip board with Canada’s Food Guide and a calculator to calculate a calorie-restricted diet. Ugh! Unfortunately, this is NOT what I (or any of my colleagues) do. So, to help dispel this and other myths you might hold, I have decided to highlight a few different dietitians within my community (Waterloo, Ontario) to help show you the different “hats” that dietitians wear.

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