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.

Is Chinese Food Healthy?

Ever wonder what the healthiest thing to order on the Chinese takeout menu is? Find out what a dietitian thinks about Chinese takeout, ordering hacks and more.

Muscle Building Meals

Do you know how much protein you need? Are you sick of boiled chicken breasts and spinach? Try some of my muscle building hacks and my muscle math to ‘beef up’ your diet.

Feed the Truth is ‘kind’ of a Big Deal

There might be a new big brother in town that is set up to monitor food industry influence of nutrition research, conflicts of interest, and bias. Introducing Feed the Truth with advocates Marion Nestle (Food Politics), Michael Jacobson (CSPI), and Debra Eschmeyer (White House) on the board of directors.

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.

How Strong is the Food Industry, Really?

A quick read for Nutrition Month. Do you understand the influence of the food industry? Are you aware that the food industry funded research is 5x more likely to conclude that there is no association between sugar sweetened beverages and obesity than systematic reviews without conflicts of interest.

The Dreaded Month of January

I don’t think you need to only eat soup for a month and I definitely don’t think you need to try drinking charcoal lemonade or a juice cleanse.
I think it’s great if January motivates people to try to change their lifestyle with the goal of health… but I generally hate the way people seem convinced to do it. I didn’t write this piece to discourage people from changing their lifestyle but to encourage them to love themselves at any size and know that the number on the scale doesn’t equate to healthy or unhealthy. Small tweaks can change the trajectory of your whole life. Those are the things that will make you feel healthier, have more confidence and more energy. Shifting priorities can help you make up your mind to stop dieting and start living a happier, healthier lifestyle

A Dietitians’ Take on #ads and Food Industry Bias

Do you sometimes see #ad and think, “This person is trying to influence what I buy.” Or … Do you scroll right by it? Perhaps you don’t even notice that it’s an ad at all or what that really means?

Nutrition bias? Industry influence? Sponsorship?
When a profitable company is seeking Dietetic professionals to create advertisements for their product they are asking you to influence the market although most prefer the term ‘educate’. Why? Because we’re the biggest influencers of the food market.

‘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.

Tap Water for the Win

So I tried alkaline water in Calgary last weekend and it wasn’t because I wanted to. It was because it was all that was readily available…