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 fruitcakeĀ isĀ inĀ that glass of eggnog?

How much ham is equal to that peppermint mocha?

Did you ever think aboutĀ 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, weĀ must remember to get right back to healthy eating the next day.Ā Remember that it’s holiDAY, not holiWEEK or holiMONTH.

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

Anna Gofeld, RD

 

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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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 donā€™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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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:Ā MID-DAY SLUMP

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

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Is That A Snack Or A Treat?

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Snacking is on the rise in Canada. Weā€™re typically twice-a-day snackers, with more than 34% of Canadians reaching for afternoon snacks to bridge the hunger gap.

Snacking can be healthy if youā€™re hungry between meals; however, thereā€™s a difference between a treat and a snack. Treats–such as cookies, chips or chocolate–are low in nutrients and best saved for occasional enjoyment.

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Dietitians recommend smart snacking! Choose small portions of nutrient-rich foods to stay energized and satisfied. Nutritious snacks include a piece of fruit and a handful of nuts, whole grain crackers with cheese, yogurt with granola, or veggies with hummus.

Come back tomorrow for more nutritionĀ tips!Ā 

Remember to eat health & live happy,

Anna Gofeld, RD

*this month's tips inspirations come from the Dietitians of Canada Nutrition Month Campaign Resources Manual for Dietitians