Dietitian's Blog

U.S. Nutrition Labels Get an Update

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced in a press release on May 20, 2016 that nutrition labels on packaged foods in the U.S. will finally be revised. This will be the first revision in over 20 years, and aims to provide consumers with more information so they can make better-educated food choices.

What is Pernicious Anemia?

For many people, the concepts of “anemia” and “lack of iron” are often thought of as one and the same. But did you know that there are actually different types of anemia caused by a lack of different nutrients?

Like Mother’s Appetite, Like Son’s

It’s been well-established that parents pass along many of their own traits to their children: you probably share one or more of your parent’s hair or eye colours, for example, and are perhaps around the same height or weight.

But did you know parents can also pass on their food preferences to their children?

To counter exam stress, cram in exercise

Many students know that exercise is a great way to relieve stress - that post workout spike in endorphins causes you to leave a workout feeling better than when you started.

Foods to Fight the Flu

It’s wintertime, and by now you may be suffering from a runny nose, sore throat, and an irritating cough. And if you’re one of the lucky ones who’s remained healthy, you’ll probably want to help your immune system fight off those pesky germs.

Fortunately, there are plenty of foods that can help give your body a boost:

Food Fight!

I see many students struggle to decide what to make for dinner. Lack of cooking skills, a long trek to the grocery store, a busy schedule, and a limited student budget have long been barriers to a balanced dinner.

What is Matcha Tea?

You may have heard of matcha tea by now: But is it really as marvellous as tea stores would like to claim?

Matcha is a unique form of tea in that its leaves are not only steeped, but also consumed with the drink. It’s traditionally made by mixing one teaspoon of matcha tea with one third of a cup of water that has been heated to slightly less than a boil. The tea is then whisked with a bamboo brush until it becomes frothy. It’s green in colour, and has a grassy taste that’s stronger than that of regular green tea.

Are You Vitamin D-ficient?

Now that the frigid Canadian winter has begun, there’s a good chance that you’ve been spending less time outdoors in the sunshine. So does that mean that you’re still getting enough vitamin D?

No such thing as 'bad' foods

A recent article entitled No such thing as 'bad' foods serves as a great reminder of the importance of moderation and balance, especially going into the holiday season.

I often say that I'd be worried if you ate cookies for every meal of every day, but would be equally concerned if you never let yourself have those foods.

Good luck on the remainder of your exams and have a healthy and restful holiday!

Find moderation this holiday season

Happy last day of classes! Congratulations on all the hard work you've put in this semester. 

The holidays are a time to relax after a busy semester – a time to sleep in, visit with family and friends, and enjoy home cooked meals. The holidays can also be a stressful time. Living at home again is not always easy, and navigating family meals can feel overwhelming. Try the following tips help you find a healthy middle ground this holiday season.

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