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Enlightened eating  can indeed be a daunting task.  We are  constantly bombarded with confusing nutrition messages.   Studies about nutritional issues are often reported in the media without any context and consequently, can add to the confusion. Sorting the science from the science fiction has become increasingly difficult.

On this website, I will try to demystify nutrition and offer interpretations on the latest scientific studies. Check in regularly for new food product  and book reviews  along with opinions on hot nutritional issues. Also look for yummy recipes that combine luscious-tasting fare with top notch nutrition.

About Rosie SchwartzRosie Schwartz Enlightened Eater

I’m a firm believer that healthy eating should be a real pleasure. It’s not about what you don’t eat. It’s about  what you do eat and in ways that taste so good that it  ensures that your quest for nutritious eats is not short-lived.

As a licensed member of College of Dietitians of Ontario,  I bring this philosophy to my nutrition practice in Toronto. I also promote  its importance in my writing including in my best-selling book, The Enlightened Eater’s™ Whole Foods Guide : Harvest the Power of Phyto Foods  (Viking Canada).  Simply put, my focus,  both in my private nutrition counselling practice and my extensive work with the media, is to translate the science of nutrition into healthy and delicious fare.

Through my many years in practice, I have been a regular contributor to a number of publications and websites. Currently, I am a  regular columnist in number of magazines including Parents Canada and Diabetes Dialogue, a magazine of the Canadian Diabetes Association.  I’ve written other regular columns  in  publications such as the National Post, the Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Gazette and Homemakers.  I was thrilled to receive a number of awards for  my 50Plus columns where I tackled a range of  issues and accompanied them with fast and easy recipes.

I’ve also been  a regular contributor to television and radio including a  weekly nutrition spot on television’s CBC Morning for three years where I offered information varying from controversial topics and conference highlights to fun, practical advice. As a result of my common sense  approach that’s based on  scientific evidence,  I’m  often interviewed for my perspective on nutrition on both national news programs and local radio talk shows.

I enjoyed being a media spokesperson for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada for more than a decade.  Conducting workshops on nutrition has also been a favourite activity with my audiences on  both on land at sea at venues such as the inauguration of the Heart Health Education Centre at the Ottawa Heart Institute to  Vernon, British Columbia’s Science in Society program   as well as on board cruise ships sailing in the Mediterranean.

As I love to travel and am passionate about food, I’ve always sought out the culinary highlights of the destinations I visit.  And what I’ve learned has been instrumental in helping me to entice people into becoming enlightened eaters. I know that I’m on the right track when after a counseling session, a person tells me they want to go food shopping so that they can prepare something delicious at home.

7 Comments on “About”

  1. October 9, 2012 at 8:59 am #

    This is an excellent blog! Beautifully written.

  2. October 9, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    Thank you, Andrea! I really appreciate your feedback!

  3. November 5, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    Hello Rosie, a voice from the past, Maisie Vanriel. Nice to see your web page and I agree it is well written. Last year I won the next blogger contest at the moneyville site of the toronto star and this year I have launched my own page at http://www.wisesomeneats.com. Take care.

  4. November 5, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    Thanks, Maisie! It has been a long time indeed! Congrats on your website! It looks great! You take care, too!

  5. March 8, 2013 at 7:51 am #

    You’re so right. Most people give up trying healthy foods because they associate them with bland flavors. People hear the word “diet” and they think of punishment instead of improved health and attitude.

  6. John Kershman
    October 5, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

    Dear Rosie Schwartz,
    I recently read with interest your article about “white tuna”. What percentage of people who eat it are affected with GI distress?

    • October 5, 2013 at 7:16 pm #

      Thanks for your feedback, John. It does seem that there are individual differences in how people respond to escolar. But it appears that the amount eaten is key to the severity of symptoms. Health Canada states, “It is not known whether certain population subgroups may be more susceptible than others to adverse effects associated with gempylotoxin exposure. Nevertheless, caution is advised for sensitive groups such as pregnant women, children, the elderly, and those with bowel or absorption problems. Such individuals are advised to avoid the consumption of escolar.” Considering the number of searches (2500 plus) that lead people to my website, I would say that there are certainly many escolar victims.

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