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

 

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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What Do You Eat BEFORE Dinner?

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The evening commute is a tough time for many reasons. It’s been a long day, there’s way too many people going in your direction, your stomach is reminding you that it’s almost dinner time, and those food places you just walked by smell AMAZING!

Need a snack to enjoy on the commute home so you don’t eat your way through dinner preparation? Here are 5 portable, flavourful snacks that will last in your lunch bag until the end of your workday and keep the pre-dinner munchies at bay:

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Make Meal Prep A Family Affair

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If everybody eats, why should it be up to only one person to prepare meals? Planning and preparing meals as a team can help you feel less stressed about feeding your family during the mealtime rush. Here are some tips for getting your family and friends involved to help lighten the load:

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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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How To Turn Up The Nutritionals Of Your Take Out

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As discussed yesterday, there will be times in life when take out is your only option. Though there are many food courts with a great selection of healthy meal options, this isn’t always the case.

Here are a few tips on how to increase the nutritionals of any type of take out:

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Dietitian Tips For The Food Court

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Sometimes packing your food just isn’t an option. There will inevitably be those time when you HAVE TO buy ready made food. At these times, it is important to assess your options and figure out the best choice. Here are a few dietitian approved food court survival tips:

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