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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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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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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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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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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