5 Tips for How to Handle the Halloween Haul - a dietitian's perspective

5 Tips for How to Handle the Halloween Haul - a dietitian's perspective

It’s that time of year again when cute princesses, scary ghosts and cackling witches show up at your doorstep for Trick or Treat … (let’s be honest, they just want a treat!). As a registered dietitian, I often get asked about Halloween and how to “manage the candy situation” that night, as well as dealing with it the other 364 days of the year. Let me cut right to the chase and present my sophisticated theory …

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Plant-based Diets for Kids Part 2: Nutrients of Interest for Vegetarian and Vegan Diets

Plant-based Diets for Kids Part 2: Nutrients of Interest for Vegetarian and Vegan Diets

… 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.

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Plant-based Diets for Kids Part 1: Are vegetarian and vegan diets safe for children?

Plant-based Diets for Kids Part 1: Are vegetarian and vegan diets safe for children?

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.

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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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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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