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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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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Why this dietitian writes New Year’s Resolutions in December

Why this dietitian writes New Year’s Resolutions in December

In our culture, January is often seen as the ideal month to resolve to do better, make changes in our lives and generally a time to set personal goals for the new year ahead. And while I am all for setting goals and making positive improvements in our lives, the timing - coming right out of a holiday period where we have consumed lots of delicious food, drinks and treats, doesn’t help. In fact, I would venture to say that it typically does more harm than good.

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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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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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Food labelling FAILURE: why the new Canadian food labels miss the mark!

Food labelling FAILURE: why the new Canadian food labels miss the mark!

Yes, changes are being made… and I will admit that there are a few good changes that have been made. However, there is one noteworthy change (or lack thereof) that is a major setback to Canadians hoping to achieve better health and battle our national obesity epidemic. And this decision was not based on feedback from Canadians, dietitians or stakeholders… it was undoubtedly championed by food industry lobbyists.

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Dietitians under the microscope

Dietitians under the microscope

I googled "dietitian" today and received 20.7 million hits! Cheers to that! Registered Dietitians are finally getting on the map!

However, there are still SO many people who don't REALLY know what we do - who perhaps think that we are drill sergeants who prescribe strict weight loss diets for all!

 

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