Why Should you Care about Food Security?

We’re living in a wealthy, healthy, privileged and developed country, we’re actually so privileged that we’ve masked the inequality that exists in our country. Health and wealth are correlated in Canada. The people with the four times the food insecurity rates also have the lowest life expectancies in the country. It’s a cycle that continuously affects the whole population through healthcare spending (tax dollars)- Canada can’t spend less on healthcare until everyone has equal opportunities for health.
Food banks are kind of like a band-aid… a necessary band-aid but band-aids don’t heal wounds or problems, they cover them. Policy intervention must take place in order to help those who are food insecure so that they can continuously have adequate food in their home. Adequate food is affordable and is nutritious. Adequate food is also food that the person knows how to prepare and has the tools to do so.

Defining Factors of Nutrition in Northern Canada

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United
Nations has defined “food security” as existing when
“all people, at all times, have physical and economic
access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet
their dietary needs and food preferences for an active
and healthy life.”

In Canada, the absence of food security is “food
insecurity” – Not all Canadians
are able to afford enough food for themselves,
their partners, and children. In 2012, one in every eight
Canadian households experienced food insecurity.

‘Good For You’ doesn’t have to be Fresh.

We need to get back to the basics, stop blaming single factors for diseases and help people have a healthy relationship with food. This healthy relationship is multifaceted and includes but is not limited to cooking meals at home, eating with others, learning new cooking skills, eating less ultra-processed foods, eating more fruits and vegetables and being food secure.
Processed food is a buzzword, all processed foods aren’t unhealthy. A processed food is a food that has either physically or chemically been transformed or altered from its original state. Stop yapping about how awful processed foods are, you’re either missing the word ultra or not helping. No one needs to be afraid of frozen blueberries because they’ve been processed.

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.

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.

“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.

WTF is a nutrition buzzword

The latest on nutrition found here. Buzzwords are used on food labels to convince consumers that the food may be healthier than it really is. Read more for my thoughts

Cheese addictions and the (lack) of science behind them

The science behind a fear mongering news clip stating that cheese is as addictive as crack. Truth is that it probably isn’t and the media is just over reporting this hypothesis. So a new study on food came out, surprised?

This time we’re led to believe that cheese is as addictive as crack!

Do you know anyone who has critically cheesed themselves? I don’t and I’m a Registered Dietitian. I feel like if this was happening on the reg, I’d probably hear about it by now.

So what you aren’t reading in the papers is the following:

Apparently study was conducted by asking 500 people some questions from the YFAS (Yale Food Addiction Score ) the ambiguous questions on the YFAS can be found here. The study concluded that they have preliminary evidence (from a questionnaire) that not all foods are equally implicated in addictive like eating behaviours and that these foods were thought to be highly processed. Paleo, Chrono, Dieting, Science, Nerding, 310 diet.

Top 10 food swaps to improve your meals

These won’t necessarily decrease calories but can make a lighter meal, increase flavour and in some cases increase protein and decrease carbs.

My top 10 food swaps:

Plain yogurt for sour cream. I realize this is old news but it is great news. Use a greek yogurt to get the same tangy flavour while adding more protein to your meal.
Applesauce for fat. In your next batch of muffins or cake replace your fat called for 1:1 or use half the amount. (Recipe calls for 1 cup of oil, your choices are endless. Use some applesauce (or any fruit puree) and some oil or totally replace the oil with applesauce.

Unit prices for budget grocery shopping 

Who doesn’t love a bargain? I want to share some information on unit prices and how to use them to save money at the grocery store. There are usually a few items that each individual splurges on, regardless of cost, from toilet paper to cookies. Personally at my house we budget for higher end cheese…