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Food Connects: Make Every Meal Count

Enjoy the Benefits of Meal Sharing with Family, Friends and Colleagues

No matter how old you are, where you are from and what your ethnic background is, we all have one thing in common:  our love for food.  Food brings people together.  It helps to start a conversation and to foster positive relationships.  Unfortunately, with our hectic schedules, there may be times where we eat alone, or where we tend to forget about the importance of sharing meals with others.   When we eat alone, we typically do not pay much attention to what we eat or how much we eat as we shift our focus to our distractions, which could be our trains of thoughts, our smartphones or computer screens.  When we lead a busy life, getting people together to share a sit-down meal can also be challenging.  However, we have to [...]

Food is the Best Medicine

Work with a Registered Dietitian to Meet Your Health Goals

If you are recently diagnosed with a health condition, you can feel stressed and lost initially on how to make adjustments to your lifestyle.  If you are living with a chronic disease, you can also feel overwhelmed with managing the condition.  The good news is, registered dietitians can guide you and give you practical and evidence-based advice on food in every step of your disease management so you can make healthy food choices and improve your health at ease.

Embracing and enjoying food is an important part of using food as a medicine to heal.  With guidance from dietitians, you can achieve your health goals by looking beyond the fads.  Dietitians utilize their knowledge of food and work closely with you to make the lifelong changes that are beneficial to your [...]

Nourish and Prevent

A Balanced and Nutritious Diet Can Help Prevent Chronic Diseases

Did you know one in five Canadians live with a chronic disease, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and chronic renal disease?  Did you know cancer is the number one cause of deaths in our nation while heart disease is ranked second?  Whether you are at risk of these chronic diseases or not, there are lifestyle factors that influence your health, and food is one of them.  By eating a balanced and nutritious diet, you are not only nourishing your body and soul, you are also taking charge of your health.

A balanced diet includes a wide variety of foods

Different foods have different nutrient properties that help you maintain good health.  For instance, vegetables and fruits, whole grains, beans and lentils are not only rich in vitamins and minerals, [...]

Let’s Get Cooking!

Inspire Your Children in the Kitchen

Looking for an activity where you can spend quality time with your children?  Let’s get busy in the kitchen with your kids!  Parents are typically afraid of having children come close to the kitchen due to the likelihood of accidental spills and messes.  However, the advantages of getting children involved in the kitchen, whether they can help with grocery shopping, meal preparation or the actual cooking, are endless.

Benefits of Getting Children Involved

  • They gain an important lifelong skill
  • They build positive relationships with food
  • They will be fostered with healthy eating habits
  • They build self-confidence
  • They are more likely to eat foods that are prepared by themselves, especially for those who are picky eaters

These altogether can help children make healthier food choices and reduce their risk for [...]

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RD, MHSc

Snacking is inevitable when you lead a busy life.  Whether you work 9 to 5, you are a soccer parent or simply work from the comfort of your home office, you need to fuel your body when you are hungry.  How you choose your snacks and how much you eat, however, can have an impact on your health and overall well-being.   Here are seven tips for you to healthy snacking:

 

Include protein and fibre

A nutritious snack includes at least two of the four food groups from Eating Well Canada’s Food Guide.  Having said that, a snack that includes protein and dietary fibre is an added bonus because they tend to give [...]

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