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Ask the RD: Which Vegetables Should I Cook, Ferment or Consume Raw?

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Q: Which vegetables are best to eat raw and which are best to eat cooked? What is a good balance between raw vegetables, cooked vegetables and fermented vegetables?   A: Before I dive into answering this question, I want to start by saying that eating ANY vegetables is AWESOME and if thinking about which vegetables to eat cooked and which ones to eat raw overwhelms you, do NOT worry! Let’s…

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Intermittent Fasting

Eat. Stop. Eat. Should You Intermittent Fast?

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For ages, health and nutrition professionals claimed “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and that “we must eat on a consistent interval throughout the day to keep our metabolism revved”… but is this actually the case? My answer: Not necessarily. Intermittent fasting is something that has become popular in the media in the past couple of years and for good reason. Intermittent fasting is a WAY of…

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supplements

Ask The RD: What And Why Do You Supplement?

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I received a great question to my Facebook page last week asking the reason behind my vitamin selection. This is a great question because so many of us (my past-self included) would take supplements and not really understand why. I would take a supplement because I heard it was healthy and that’s all I really needed to know (so I thought). There is SO much nutrition and health misinformation out…

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I’m so BLOATED – What You Need To Know To Banish The Bulge Of The Bloat

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Contrary to popular belief, bloating throughout the day is not normal and we have the power to engage in activities and restructure our eating schedule to help banish the bloat! First, it is important to understand that our digestive process is not triggered only when we begin eating. Our digestive systems start firing before the point when we put food into our mouths. Can you remember a time when you…

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curcumin

The Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Food You May Be Missing Out On

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Today we are going to cover some useful information on a spice and supplement that has been getting quite a bit of media attention over the past year. As we’ve discussed in previous posts, chronic inflammation is the building block of many chronic diseases, including cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease. There are many things we can do in terms of diet to help decrease the inflammation in our body,…

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Leaky Gut

Digestive Issues? Migraines? Depression? Is Your Gut Leaking?

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The father of modern medicine, Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut” and is it ever true. 4 out of 5 of my clients come to me with digestive issues, from bloating and gas to constipation or diarrhea. Their main goal is weight loss but first we must address their gut issues. What is Leaky Gut? Leaky gut is a slang term for something called intestinal permeability, which basically…

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Sugar cravings

8 Tips For Decreasing Sugar Cravings

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This post comes at a good time – right after our homes have been plagued with glorious Easter chocolate… if only we didn’t consume SO much of it and if only it didn’t CALL to us as it sits leftover and forgotten in our children’s baskets. This is probably one of the top questions I hear from my clients – they want to know WHY their sugar cravings are so…

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Drinking water

Ask the RD: Will Drinking More Water Help Me Lose Weight?

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Q: Will drinking 2 litres of water per day help me lose weight?   We hear all of the time “you need to drink lots of water in order to lose weight”… but why? And what’s “lots”? Why should you be carrying your water bottle (glass or stainless steel please) around with you during the day? Today we are going to dive into the topic of water and weight loss…

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No Potato Soup

Dairy-Free No Potato Bacon Soup

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I have many clients who are sensitive to nightshade vegetables. Nightshades, for those of you who don’t know, include potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers and all of the spices that are derived from these foods. This recipe has been adapted from the Merit and Fork website (I am a lazy cook, so I’ve shortened a few steps and omitted some ingredients).  Bacon gives a wonderful flavour to everything (just make…

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Nutrition Myth Busters

Nutrition Myth Busters: Episode 1

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Part of the reason why people feel so confused when it comes to nutrition and what they should eat for optimal wellness is because there are SO many myths out there that just won’t die. Today I want to go through 5 of the top myths I hear in my practice and discuss WHY they must be busted!  Eating Too Much Protein Is Bad For Your Kidneys This belief has…

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Probiotic Post

Sick, Constipated and Overweight – Could It Be Your Gut Bugs?

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Probiotics have been named the future of preventive medicine and disease treatment. Over 100 trillion microbes live in your intestines right now and they are responsible for so many beneficial processes within our bodies, from proper digestion to boosting our immune system. What Are Probiotics? Probiotics are non-disease causing bacteria that live in our intestines. They produce vitamins (B6, B12 and K2), short chain fatty acids, aid in digestion and…

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Anxiety Depression Post

Food as Medicine: Combatting Anxiety and Depression Part 2

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Earlier this week we talked about using food as medicine to help decrease feelings of anxiety and depression (see that post here). Today we will continue the discussion by touching on foods that can increase anxiety/depression and lifestyle changes we can make to help decrease these feelings. Remember, food affects SO much more than we often give it credit for. We can become overly reliant on medications to “cure” us of these…

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Food as Medicine: Combatting Anxiety and Depression Part 1

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Did you know that in 2013, an estimated 3 million Canadians (that is a whopping 11.6%) aged 18 years and older reported having an anxiety or mood disorder? Did you also know that you can help combat anxiety and depression using changes to your diet and lifestyle? In order to make this topic a little more manageable, I have broken it up into “part 1” and “part 2”. Today in…

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Food as Medicine: Beat Stress with Nutrients

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Stress affects our physical and mental health in many different ways. It impacts our ability to sleep, properly digest our food, reduces immune function and affects our mood. You may think to yourself, “I’m not stressed” – however, we are now exposed to low-grade stressors all of the time – think: working a full-time job, taking care of children and trying our best to be a great friend, wife, girlfriend,…

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Choosing a Prenatal Supplement – Part 2

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Welcome back for part 2 of Choosing a Prenatal Supplement (you can read part one here)! In this post we will finish our discussion on prenatal supplement components and what to look for when selecting this important multivitamin from store shelves! Omega 3 When looking for an omega 3 supplement, you want to make sure it contains two different omega 3 fatty acids: DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosopentaenoic acid). DHA…

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