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Do you know about the vitamin D-sunlight and gut connection?

It’s not uncommon for many people to say that they suffer assorted symptoms, such as lethargy and depression, as the days get shorter but new research shows that the lack of sunlight affects so much more. There appears to be a connection between skin exposure to UVB light and the microbiome – that mix of […]

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Are you suffering from nutritional whiplash?

Do you feel like you are suffering from whiplash when it comes to nutrition recommendations? If so, you’re not alone. It seems like every other week we hear contradictory information about what we should put on our plates. A few weeks ago, plant-based meat alternatives were dominating nutrition news. Nutrition types like myself were stating […]

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It’s time to focus on real food – check out Canadian Food Focus

As a dietitian, I’m often called upon by the media to comment on various nutrition issues. But one story that won’t go away is that of the Beyond Meat burger. I’ve been writing about it since January as I had tasted their sausage while in the U.S. earlier that month. It was only after I […]

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Want to save Canada’s new Food Guide? Get political

While I am known for not holding back at various times on my criticism of Health Canada, I don’t usually get political when it comes to my posts. But Andrew Scheer’s ongoing tactics are forcing me to abandon this stance. We have been making great progress in putting the physical health of Canadians ahead of […]

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Which country ranks first for fewer diet-related deaths?

  I can’t tell you how often, over the years, I’ve heard a client tell me that they have indeed tried to eat better before coming to see me. But what eating better usually means to them is what they have cut out of their diet. It’s always a focus on what they consider to […]

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The dose is the poison

Why is it that when we hear about how beneficial a particular nutrient or compound is in keeping us healthy or fighting off disease that we think that if a little is helpful, that more is better? Or that we think that if it’s for sale as a supplement, particularly a vitamin and mineral preparation, […]

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Dietitians Day & Why the latest egg study has egg on its face

Today marks the tenth year of celebrating Dietitians Day in Canada. It’s designated as such to shine the spotlight on my fellow dietitians as regulated health care professionals, committed to using their specialized knowledge and skills to translate the science of nutrition into healthy and delicious fare while at the same time, supporting healthy living […]

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Skip the latest study on breakfast but don’t forego the meal

Why was this study even published? If you’ve heard the latest research on breakfast and are now tempted to run out the door without eating breakfast, forget about it. Ignore both the research and the notion that breakfast skipping is a smart idea. It’s not. Breakfast remains as the most important meal of the day. […]

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