Dr. Freedhoff Reveals The Secret To Healthy Living

On school nutrition- I’m not sure teachers are being taught to teach these things so It’s hard to teach something you don’t know how to teach. It’s similar to cooking. How do we expect families to suddenly start cooking when they were brought up not cooking. If teachers aren’t given the tools they need to teach they’re not necessarily going to develop them on their own.

There is a role for food in comfort and celebration but not as a reward for children.
Celebrating the 100th day of school with a junk food party is not normal. Reading a book for twizzlers is not necessary.

We live on a continent where diet and weight related diseases
are really problematic both to individuals and countries. There are so many barriers to healthy eating related to the environment we live in that there are too many to list. He calls sodium a dietary red herring, an excellent marker for hyper-processed foods.
Health starts at healthy living.

Part of the fabric of humanity is food.

Parenting to us is living the life we want our kids to live.

Currently to Date the Government has Been Responding to the Needs of the Food Industry, Not to the Public’s Interest in Obtaining Healthy Foods and that Needs to Change.

His nutrition pet peeve is that there is a misconception that there is a scientific debate about sodium. There is a consensus of health organizations from around the world about sodium, there is no debate. Healthy food creates healthy employees who are more productive.

He mentioned the Minister of Agriculture helping to develop food policies to promote healthy living and he states that much of the misinformation spread about nutrition is by the food industry pushing out contradictory information to confuse people.

What if you could get a single message out to the general public about food or health- What would it be?
I would say that Canadians should understand that currently to date the government has been responding to the needs of the food industry, not to the public’s interest in obtaining healthy foods and that needs to change.

A School Teacher Shares Her Thoughts On Barriers To Healthy Eating. 

I asked Ali for an interview because I knew that she had recently transitioned from one school to another, giving her a broad perspective of what kids are facing when it comes to healthy eating. She’s worked with recently immigrated children, which I think gives her an insight that we might not all have.

She hit a home run with these answers.

What barriers to healthy eating do you see children in schools face?

Some schools have access to food banks and free healthy meals but there are many that don’t have the access. There were students at a school I worked at recently who weren’t fed breakfast or given snacks for recess time. Then they would go home to eat [and have] very little at lunch which would affect their behavior and performance in school.

This school had a breakfast program but many parents were too proud to send the children to accept the food.

School nutrition programs are a crucial part of providing Canadian youth with adequate food. Presently, Canada is the only G8 country without a national school nutrition program.

Breaking Ankles for Fondue

Crystal tells me a hilarious story about attempting to order chicken breasts in another language, the time her husband broke his ankle buying fondue cheese and what she thinks would help make our population healthier.

People should eat less packaged foods and try to eat local or garden more frequently. She loves breastfeeding, fondue and letting her eldest child pick out new foods to try at the grocery store.

Ange Has 57 Ways To Simplify Your Life…

We talked about pesticides, the food babe, GMOs and the over complication of the North American Diet.

Buzzfeed recently wrote an article that was like 57 ways to simplify your life. It’s such clickbait but people like that, they want to simplify. That is our problem, we’re trying to add more things to make our diets healthier but the over complication makes it worse because it’s too difficult to follow.

What Do Grocery Store Dietitians Think About Nutrition?

Vanessa and I spoke about the accessibility of unhealthy foods and the perceived higher cost of unhealthy foods. The marketing of foods can influence what we purchase, Registered Dietitians in retail settings are there to help people choose the healthy foods.

Vanessa told me about trying to keep food and nutrition simple rather than overcomplicating it.

Vanessa gives me her educated opinion on what nutrition and healthy eating means to her as a Registered Dietitian in a retail setting.

“No one food will make or break your diet”

When a woman like Edwena talks about nutrition you’re going to want to listen to what she has got to say. Her family inspires her to cook, she loves learning from her aunts and she believes that all foods fit in a healthy diet. She thinks foods are for nourishing and not for demonizing.

She’s of the opinion that people should make cooking a priority and the government should be taxing overly processed foods while subsidizing local fruits and vegetables.

“Breakfast Foods are Dumb” My interview with Rachel and Leah.

Leah and Rachel sat down with me in a vegan restaurant to give me the down low on nutrition. They shared their opinions, one too many kombucha and some laughs during their competitive interview to see who knew more about each other’s nutrition opinion. Leah thinks that we need to work on our own lifestyles and stop relying on convenience and Rachel thinks we need to improve accessibility to food.

Thandi Gets Real About Groceries in the BVI

Thandi talks to me about the inspiring Richard Branson, cooking disasters and the Candida diet. She believes that the government should focus more on agriculture in the Caribbean to promote local farming. Thandi is another example to prove that nutrition and healthy don’t have absolute definitions. She even shares how she has found ways to eat healthy with her barriers of working in confined spaces for long periods of time in the British Virgin Islands.

Make my low’ish carb lasagna tonight!

An easy recipe to follow for a professional tasting lasagna that doesn’t even have pasta in it.

You won’t miss lasagna noodles after you try this.

Serve it with homemade bruschetta.

In this recipe you’ll also find my secret pasta sauce recipe. The 2 tsp of sugar I add help take away some of the acidity from the tomatoes.