What Are You Really Drinking this Holiday Season?

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With the holiday season upon us, keeping track of our intake becomes increasingly difficult. As we get busy with the added social commitments, exercise routines become more difficult than ever to maintain.

Though most people can recognize the added calories that come from meatloaf and fruit cake, liquid calories are a bit more difficult to gauge.

How many much fruitcake is in that glass of eggnog?

How much ham is equal to that peppermint mocha?

Did you ever think about¬†what you’re really drinking?

Here are a few comparisons of some popular holiday beverages and foods

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Liquid calories are often less noticeable and easier to consume than solid ones. Our body doesn’t recognize the calories in beverages as well as it does with solid foods. There’s no fibre to fill us up and most often not much nutrition at all.

Though it’s important to enjoy the holiday season and all the yummy treats that it brings, we¬†must remember to get right back to healthy eating the next day.¬†Remember that it’s holiDAY, not holiWEEK or holiMONTH.

Wishing you a happy holiday season and a healthy new year!

Anna Gofeld, RD

 

Are You Putting Your Unborn Child At Risk for Peanut Allergy?

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Peanut allergy has increased exponentially around the world in recent years, with rates doubling in the USA alone between 1997 and 2002(1). The reaction can range from a mild rash to anaphylactic shock, turning things we take for granted like dining out into nerve wrecking experiences for parents and children alike.

There is research to¬†suggest that certain expecting mothers may have a role to play when it comes to their children developing peanut allergies. Are you helping or hindering your unborn child’s healthy?

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Cool Vegetarian Chili with a Kick

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It’s summer, so a warm bowl of chili is probably the last thing on your mind. But wait a minute…who says you have to have a HOT bowl of chili? I invite you to use the sunshine to inspire you to re-think “food rules” and reimagine dishes in a new light, temperature, or pairing combination.

Today’s recipe is Cool Vegetarian Chilli with a Kick. (inspired by The Curvy Carrot)

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Meal Box Pros and Cons

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At some point towards the end of the 20th century, cooking started to be regarded as just another chore that had to be done to get through the day. The food industry further perpetuated these attitudes with products and services that allowed for convenient and inexpensive shortcuts to meal prep. As our awareness of health and desire for gourmet food begins to rise once more, meal box services have risen up to the challenge of granting our every wish. But have you ever stopped to think about what you’re really buying into?

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Do You Have Healthy Water Practices?

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Water is vital for life. Water issues around the globe –from access to restriction– are always important topics of conversation. Have you considered your impact? What’s the true impact of that disposable water bottle you just bought?

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Traif Restaurant [REVIEW]

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In our home we practice what we preach, including the 90/10 rule. 90% of the time we eat healthy home cooked meals,¬†and up to 10% of the time we go out for food and don’t really pay attention to its nutritional content. Since we eat 3 meals and 3 snacks per day, this translates to about 2 meals and 2 snacks per week where we can splurge.

To highlight the importance of balance in life and food, I have decided to share with you some of the¬†gastronomical adventures from our 10%–or as I like to call it, #notathomedietitian. In this feature:

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How To Get Dietitian Services Covered

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One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is not “how do I eat more vegetables”, but “how can I get dietitian services covered”.¬†Many people put off seeing a dietitian because of financial costs, but often individuals don’t know that they can get part or all of this investment into their health reimbursed. Here are a few ways how:

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Now That Nutrition Month Is Over, We Can All Get Back To Terrible Eating Habits

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March was nutrition month, which is the third month after everyone sets new years resolutions to get healthy. Since you’ve probably done a great job this far, you’re probably good to go for the rest of the year until next year’s resolutions, right?

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Keying Into Better Vending Machine Choices

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Sometimes you just have one of those days where you forget to bring enough snacks for the day or¬†something comes up where you’re stuck with no options except vending machines. Luckily, we don’t have FEBO in North America and many vending companies have added healthier options to vending machines in response to consumers’ demands.

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Here are some top choices when you’re down at the vending machine:

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Long commute? Before you head home, grab a drink to wet your whistle.

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Staying hydrated helps us feel refreshed and fight fatigue.

Here are a few super sips to pack ahead or pick up while waiting for transit:

 

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Are You Drinking Dessert?

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We all know that popular hot and cold beverages–like smoothies and specialty coffees–are packed full of sugar, calories, and fat with little nutritional value.

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Have you ever stopped to think about how much is REALLY in your favourite beverages? Here are just a few examples:

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What Type of Hunger Is It?

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Before reaching for a snack, it’s important to check in to see if you’re truly hungry or if there are other reasons for your to be reaching for food.

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Often stress, boredom, or distraction are the real reason people reach for food and never feel truly satisfied. It’s important to be able to distinguish between:

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Caffeine-free Mid-day Slump Solutions

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Lunch has passed, dinner is still some time away, but your energy is on a fast downhill spiral and coffee is not an option. How are you going to get through the mid-day slump without that extra cup of java?

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CHALLENGE: MID-DAY SLUMP

There are many theories and reasons for the post-lunch blahs, including but not limited to:

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[Recipe] Potato Omelette

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We all have comfort food that remind us of our¬†childhood. For some it’s mac n’ cheese, for others it’s¬†pancakes, but for me it’s my mom’s¬†potato omelette. As far as comfort food goes, this dish is actually not terrible. I definitely considered making this a lot more often when I learned that a¬†medium baked potato with skin on is only 161 kcal, providing 4g each of fibre and protein. In addition, you will also get the following daily nutrient requirements[1]:

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How To BBQ Healthier On Your Nation’s Birthday

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Happy Birthday Canada and Happy Early Birthday USA!

With Canada and the USA sharing so many great traditions, celebrating their birthdays so close together only makes sense. This means shorter weekends and more outdoor time for folks on both sides of the 49th parallel.

As with most birthdays, these tend to revolve around food. Since it’s the middle of summer, most people will probably be throwing a BBQ, so lets talk about how to maximize the fun on the big day and minimize the overindulgence regret the day after.

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