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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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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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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Let’s talk … postpartum depression and anxiety because sadly, no one does

Let’s talk … postpartum depression and anxiety because sadly, no one does

It's hard to believe that the end of January is just around the corner and with that comes Bell Let's Talk day on January 31. In case you're unfamiliar with Let's Talk day, it really is an opportunity (born in the social media age) to encourage people to openly and honestly discuss struggles and challenges with mental health. In light of this upcoming opportunity to discuss mental health, I’m reaching out of my comfort zone and sharing my own mental health story. Why do that on a nutrition blog? Glad you asked. 

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Nutritional Pet Peeves: Children's Breakfast Cereal

Nutritional Pet Peeves: Children's Breakfast Cereal

I have a fairly lengthy list of what I will call "nutritional pet peeves" pertaining to misconceptions, false marketing, and/or nutritional food products or supplements that irk me to no end and make my eyes roll backwards at least a few times a day! So, I figured on this chilly fall day, why not bring some sunlight to your day and enlighten you about one of my biggest pet peeves in the world of nutrition that has been irritating me now for a good 5+ years. 

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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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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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