Interview overview

I wanted to share a brief breakdown from my interviews and a few of my favorite quotes.

They told me:

Healthy people have favorite foods that aren’t vegetables. The people I interviewed enjoy bread, chocolate, alcohol, cookies, sugary breakfast cereals, and ice-cream.
Given the hypothetical opportunity to cook or dine with anyone in the world, most people would choose their family.
Many of the people I interviewed think that local crops should be subsidized instead of the current crops that are subsidized like corn. Others think that levies or taxes on sugar added foods or beverages could potentially be structured to reduce the cost of fruits and vegetables.
Almost everyone I spoke to mentioned that education, improving access to food or modifying the present agricultural system were likely routes to improving public health.

The Theme Is Action…

I’ve spoken to people in different industries working in different countries. The theme is prevalent.

The theme is action.

We need to take action and to help our population lead a healthier lifestyle. Whatever we’re doing right now isn’t enough. One example is that obesity rates are trending upward, in Canada one in ten children have clinical obesity. Obesity is a leading cause of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease arthritis and cancer.

These things don’t impact one person at a time, they impact many lives, families and whole communities.

Megan Basically Answered “Cookies” To All Of My Questions…

Megan the cookie loving dietitian took some time out of her busy day to share her opinions on food security and food wastage with me.

She wants you to know that if you don’t have semi-sweet chocolate chips you should probably buy some before attempting to bake cookies with 85% dark chocolate or you might end up with a very bitter cookie.

Healthy eating for all, nutrition, physical activity this administrative dietitian explains it all.

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.

Baking Slimfast Brownies with RD Luke

Luke is a Registered Dietitian & Performance Nutritionist. After owning and operating
a successful private practice in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada for four years, he moved to Minnesota to join the nutrition team at EXOS – Athletes Performance Institute. He provides performance training and nutrition to elite and professional athletes across North America and internationally. He has provided nutrition counseling and coaching to various NHL and minor hockey league players, as well as CIS and NCAA players. Read more about his baking escapades, his what fad diets really get to him and his overall outlook on nutrition prescriptions.

Cheryl RD Weighs in on Juice Cleanses and Pasta

Cheryl is a Registered Dietitian who wanted to share her expert opinion on the excessive amounts of sugar in juice cleanses and why she loves pasta so much.

How can juice cleanses be helpful? They overload the body with excessive amounts of sugar while depriving it of protein and fat.

We took a moment to talk about the barriers to healthy eating and weight management. Her opinion was that part of the problem is related to sleep, time and stress management.

Read more…

Food Deserts Not Desserts. An Interview With Rebecca RDN (RD)

As an individual Rebecca is passionate about blogging, making meaningful connections, and inspiring others to cook more healthy food from around the world. She sat down and talked to me about gardening, barriers to healthy eating and crop subsidies.

If You’re Cheating On Your Diet- Break UP!

I’ve been naturally skeptical for as long as I can remember but Diana was the first person to introduce me to an elevated level of skepticism that was lightly laced with cynicism.

Diana is a Registered Dietitian in Ontario she shared her insight on nutrition and government policy with me.

What Does a Respiratory Therapist Think of Nutrition?

Have you heard of Pickwickian syndrome?

Lauren is a Respiratory Therapist in PEI who has heard of Pickwickian syndrome. She is pretty passionate about it and she’s passionate about feeding her young boys organic food. She loves to cook alone and thinks that making small changes is the key to success for making large changes in your lifestyle.