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5 tips for avoiding winter weight gain

Here we go again. It’s that time of year when energy levels wane while appetites and food cravings gear up for winter. As spring approaches and many people take stock of their weight, all too often, they blame holiday eating as the culprit for any extra pounds accumulated over the winter. But in fact, the […]

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6 ways to get whole grain pasta love

Are you celebrating World Pasta Day today? It’s an annual event that got its start in Naples almost 20 years ago.  Since that time, we’ve seen this traditional food take more than its shares of attacks but on this day, let’s set the record straight. Pasta has been an age-old favourite around the world for […]

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Are we teaching our kids that thin is best no matter what?

It continues to happen. Many people still think it’s alright to comment on a person’s weight. They just don’t get it. When it comes to commenting about how thin a person is they don’t give a second thought as to who might be around. After all, it’s a compliment – right? Those same people might […]

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What’s best: full fat vs. low fat dairy products? Part 2

In my last post, I presented the research which shows that although saturated fat may not be the dietary demon once thought, it also doesn’t offer the health perks found in unsaturated fat such as extra virgin olive oil and canola oil. But the question is what about dairy products such as cheese, yogurt and […]

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A tax on sugar-sweetened beverages may promote better nutrition

  There’s more to healthy eating than just calories Last week, Dietitians of Canada  (of which I am a long-time member) released a position statement recommending that an excise tax of at least 10-20% be applied to sugar-sweetened beverages sold in Canada.  The association is taking a strong stand as there’s no doubt about  the […]

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Oprah’s shocking lack of self-esteem

  l I expected more from Oprah. This incredibly powerful woman implies that she cannot fulfill her potential because she’s overweight. In her commercial  for Weight Watchers, entitled Oprah’s New Weight Watchers Journey , she comes out with the following statements: “Inside every overweight woman is the woman she knows she can be.” “You’ve gotten […]

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The #1 way to control eating while watching TV

Do you eat too much while watching TV or at the movies? A recent study by Dr. Brian Wansink, the mindless eating guru, looked at the issue and seemed to offer some advice. But  with all due respect to  Dr. Wansink, I have to disagree with his suggestion of using the opportunity to boost the […]

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Liquid assets: what’s in your cup?

Temperature’s soaring and you’re fading fast. You’re obviously in need of  liquid refreshment but what do you reach for? From water and juices to  iced coffee, tea and  frozen offerings, the choices are endless. So what’s the cost of your preferred thirst quencher? If it’s full of sugar, accumulating research says it could be take […]

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