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.

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.

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

Nutrition Myths That NEED To Go!

What one Calgary based dietitian thinks about the latest nutrition trends and myths.
She wants you to drop the food fear, eat whole eggs and enjoy every bite of your food. IIFYM

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.

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!

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

Recipe: Bobotie

Bobotie is a South African curry style dish that is inspired by Cape Malay and Cape Dutch backgrounds. The curry used in the simple dish is a yellow malay curry and you can add more spices like Jeera and Panchpuran if you own them.

Bobotie is typically served with a yellow rice and perhaps a salad on the side. I like to serve it with sweet potatoes, beets and peas!

Please enjoy my Bobotie recipe, my husband from Cape Town just loves it!

Recipe: Mexican skillet

Need a new dish to try or want to teach someone how to cook a fairly simple dish? Try this simple Mexican style skillet. It has only a few ingredients and only requires 1 pan to make it. I made it when we had no power or gas in our house with the camping stove!

Recipe: loaded cauliflower soup

Ingredients: 1 bag frozen cauliflower 1 medium potato 2 cups water OR chicken or vegetable soup stock 1-3 onions 2 cloves garlic 1-2 tsp oil or butter 1 bay leaf, thyme, pepper, chili flakes 1-2 cups milk or alternative 1/2-1 cup sharp cheese 1 tub plain greek yoghurt 2-4 sprigs green onion This vegetable soup…

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…

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…