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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Learning to cook should trump hockey practice ... even in Canada!

Learning to cook should trump hockey practice ... even in Canada!

March brings the beginning of Nutrition Month in Canada – a campaign that began in the 1970s to increase public awareness about the importance of healthy eating and identifying dietitians as the most credible source of food and nutrition information. This year the theme is helping Canadians unlock the potential of food to fuel, discover, prevent, heal and bring us together. This week, we unlock the potential to discover by fostering healthy eating habits in children through teaching them to shop and cook.

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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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The low-down on high-sugar - PART II

The low-down on high-sugar - PART II

Hi there folks!

I had lots of great responses from the first blog on sugar guidelines that I decided to follow-up with a sequel. Usually sequels never end up being as great as their predecessors ... but fingers crossed, I can make a sequel just as good as Matt Damon can :) 

Now that we know what kids should (or should not!) be consuming with regards to added sugar, let’s talk about how we can practically make these guidelines work for you and your kids. Because let's face it, sugar is everywhere and it will take some concerted effort to try to keep sugar on the "down-low".

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The low-down on high-sugar

The low-down on high-sugar

Just between you and me, I have been pretty excited about writing this post for a while because I ‘geekishly’ get really excited when new dietary guidelines are released, especially for children.

I know, pretty pathetic eh?

So with no further ado, let’s dive into the American Heart Association’s (AHA) new guidelines for added sugar intake in children. (1)

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