Tropical Fruit Salad

A quick visual aid on how to cut and prepare some less common fruits and turn them into a fruit salad as a side dish for a meal or as a snack. I’ll show you how to cut dragon fruit, apples, granadilla and prickly pears.

My two cents on the ‘Obesity Plate’

The good: Can save 56-63 calories per meal by ‘sponging up’ oil. (Letting a maximum of 7ml of oil settle into the holes- if the holes are filled with spices it’ll pull off less) The bad: A plate probably isn’t going to change obesity in Thailand and it’s probably going to add to the pending…

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.

Is The Pizza Industry Controlling What Consumers Know About Their Food?

When laws are passed and delayed for the benefit of the food industry it sends a strong message to the public. Is the government is inadequately responding to the health problems our population faces because corporate profit is more important?

I don’t think that labelling calories of food items will solve the health crisis we’re facing but … I do think that labelling calories can help consumers make better decisions about their food based on increased knowledge for the times that they do choose to eat out.

Past FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg has said “Americans eat and drink about one-third of their calories away from home and people today expect clear information about the products they consume … Making calorie information available on chain restaurant menus and vending machines is an important step for public health that will help consumers make informed choices for themselves and their families.”

Marion Nestle, Big food, food lobby and industry involvement in policy development.

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.

Don’t Flush Blocks Of Cheese Down The Toilet- Chalie

Chalie is a pharmacist who gave me her opinion on what a healthy diet is. We talked about improving nutrition education for youth in high schools that would teach kids about worldly foods and eating healthfully and how to better serve folks who aren’t as financially stable as others.

Her pet peeves? Elimination diets and cleanses. She believes all foods in moderation is a better approach.

How do you eat healthy in a pharmacy when you don’t get breaks? You plan ahead, pack finger foods and eat inconspicuously.

Oh- don’t flush a block of cheese down the toilet, the plumber bill is expensive…

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.

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.

Andrea Hardy

Andrea is known for, “But first, let’s eat” her popular blog on redirecting nutrition information to the basics and the importance of enjoying our food rather than the diet ideology.
We sat down to tea to discuss the barriers to healthy eating, our first memories of cooking and eating and of course our favorite foods.

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.

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