… The CPS is alluding to the fact that vegetarian and vegan diets for children, although healthy and safe, do require specialized education and advance thought/planning as it pertains to some key nutrients. Without adequate amounts of nutrients like vitamin B12, there can be serious and devastating effects. We will cover five of those key nutrients below.Read More
If you’re a dietitian reading this, you too, like me, might be slightly irritated with the multiple meanings that have been associated with the term “plant-based”. Over the past few years, this word has been hijacked to most commonly describe a vegan diet, however, that’s a misrepresentation of its true meaning.Read More
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.Read More
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?”Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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".Read More
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)Read More