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Wake Up Weight Watchers

  If you’re active on social media, you may have come across the hashtag #WakeUpWeightWatchers  this past weekend. It’s a response to the company offering a free six-week program to teens as young as 13 to help them with weight loss – as long as they have their parent’s permission. The good news for those […]

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Repost: Have you entered the temple of clean eating?

I’m sad to say that when I wrote this post a couple of years ago, I had hoped that the practice of clean eating would be a short-lived one but alas, it’s something that many people still strive for.  Here’s hoping that in 2018, food choices are made with both health (personal and planetary) and […]

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Why your low-fat cheese tastes nasty: Ottawa protects farmers, not consumers

Below is an oped I wrote which was published on October 31, 1017 in the National Post (Financial Post section) newspaper. It deals with the unacceptable regulations concerning the making of lower fat cheeses. But first, a few thoughts on Health Canada and the new food guide: There is something truly ground breaking about Health […]

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Do gluten digestive enzymes really work?

If you’re on a gluten-free diet, either because you have celiac disease or non-celiac gluten sensitivity, being able to once again eat gluten with no side effects is probably a dream to you. Can you imagine being able to simply pop a pill to break down the gluten in food? Some supplement makers would have […]

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Why the PURE study isn’t exactly pure science

And certainly not worthy of the headlines it’s getting Here we go again: it seems that research that goes against the grain gets the most attention and make for the sexiest headlines. “Low fat diets could kill you, major study shows” is one that certainly catches your eye, wouldn’t you say? “Huge new study casts […]

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8 tips to spot fad diets and health scams

It’s hard to believe just how many fads come and go. But some get so much hype that it’s really tough to sort through the fact from fiction. Here are some tips to help guide you. • If it promotes common every day foods as being toxic to everyone, steer clear of the recommendation. Case […]

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The real stinger in the buzz about bees

  *The original version of this story was to appear in Macleans magazine in 2016.  I am posting it with permission from Macleans. i i Buzz the Bee,  the yellow and black mascot, which usually appears on  boxes of Honey Nut Cheerios,   once again vanished this past spring  leaving only a white outline  as the […]

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This is what bugs me the most about Canada’s new healthy eating strategy

  If you live in Canada, you’ve likely heard the news that on October 24, 2016, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health, announced that Health Canada is seeking to help Canadians make healthy food choices. The announcement included a number of strategies and areas that will be targeted including: •    Revising Canada’s Food Guide […]

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