About this website
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.
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.