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.

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.

Registered Dietitian Mark Tweets About Kendall Jenner, Poutine And Kids Cooking In School

I interviewed Ontario based Dietitian Mark to talk about what he thinks the barriers to healthy eating are. We had a lot we agreed on and we want to spend some time in the kitchen cooking with Gordon Ramsay.

Mark advocates for balance in the diet and thinks we should have a greater focus on teaching children more about nutrition in schools.
He also loves Montreal smoked meat topped poutine, now that’s a Dietitian you can trust!

Once a week I’ve been trying to do a unique interview style to keep my month long project exciting for myself and my readers. 

Mark talks to me about why the public is so confused about nutrition and what he thinks would make our population healthier. Kids cooking in school!

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.

Itinerant Thai Travels Part 3: Chiang Mai

We left the land of temples, Ayutthaya, and headed North for Chiang Mai, a small Northern city known for bustling markets and good food.

Then we met Aim. She taught us how to cook Thai food while laughing. Seriously, my face hurt when I left Momma Noi’s Cookery School.

Momma Noi even tried my homemade green curry and said it was so hot!

Leftover latke recipe

A gluten free recipe for homemade potato pancakes (latke) using gouda cheese, broccoli and eggs.

Recipe: Oven roasted cilantro lime halibut

Try your hand at a professional looking yet relatively simple halibut dish. Cilantro and lime oven roasted halibut!

The light flavors of this fish dish are sure to please everyone at your next meatless monday dinner party.

Joe’s Beerhouse, Windhoek

Joe’s Beerhouse is a well known restaurant/pub in Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek, sitting 1700 metres above sea level. The semi outdoor seating provides a welcoming atmosphere for dinner and stargazing. The menu offers a combination of German and South African fare and a robust selection of local game. I didn’t snap any photos of our…

Puka Cafe, serving the (second) best wrap in Cape Town

Puka Cafe takes you away from the busy streets of Cape Town and into a hidden gem where the owner greets you and serves your drinks. The walls are bright and the faces are friendly. (The lazy dog is friendly too…) After weighing my many lunch options I decided to tried the Cajun chicken wrap…

8 nights in Zanzibar

The dietitian ate in Zanzibar! Zanzibar island is bustling with fine white sand beaches, tropical fruit and Swahili which a local style of food in Zanzibar. We were happy to stay away from “North American” style dishes and instead feasted on fresh fish, curries and lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. The Rock is a little…