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Quality over Quantity (And What it Means for Your Diet)

Quality over Quantity (And What it Means for Your Diet)

The new US Dietary Guidelines came out last week! I was going to make that the focus of my blog post this week, but then life happened and I didn’t make the time to pore over the thousands of pages that make up the guideline, and the last time I wrote about the dietary guidelines, no one seemed particularly interested anyway.
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Does Everything I Eat Cause Cancer? {A Response to the WHO/IARC Report on Processed & Red Meats and Cancer}

Does Everything I Eat Cause Cancer? {A Response to the WHO/IARC Report on Processed & Red Meats and Cancer}

Earlier this week, I did a nutrition talk at Wellspring Calgary, and one of the attendees took the time after the presentation to tell me that she appreciated that I focused on what foods to eat versus what not to eat. And it’s true – there’s always someone out there telling us to cut out gluten, sugar, alcohol, caffeine, you name it, that if we listened to it all, we’d probably just be left with water (no fluoride, please?)

Last week, the nutrition “bad guy” was processed meat and red meat. The World Health Organization and International Agency for Research on Cancer released their latest monograph, which concluded that there is “probable evidence” that red meat, and “sufficient evidence” that processed meat can cause cancer. Of course, there was widespread backlash, and in a follow-up statement the WHO and IARC stated that bacon and beef are a-ok, just in moderation.

So, what to do in response to what seems like constantly shifting science that says something is bad one day, but OK the next?
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How Can a Dietitian Help?

How Can a Dietitian Help?

Earlier this week, the Evans Health Lab in Toronto released what is quite possibly the best 15-minute video on healthy eating I’ve ever seen. Just minutes in, I was thinking to myself, “Oh great, now I’m out of a job!” but then at minute 11, he mentions the value of seeing a dietitian. If so much of healthy eating can be explained in a 15-minute video, how can a dietitian help?
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5 Tips to Spot Misinformation (and Where to Find Credible Information)

5 Tips to Spot Misinformation (and Where to Find Credible Information)

I once heard someone say that compared to previous generations, we have access to more information, but we don’t have a lot of knowledge. This is especially true when it comes to nutrition and health – we all want to eat better and feel great, but with all of the diets, cleanses, studies, news articles and soundbites clamouring for our attention, it’s a surprise that any of us are still eating!

To celebrate their 10th anniversary, PEN: Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition has partnered with Dietitians of Canada in a campaign to promote some quick tips to help Canadians sort fact from fiction.
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“I know how to eat properly, I just need to do it.”

“I know how to eat properly, I just need to do it.”

Updated May 31, 2017

Does this sound like you? It’s certainly a phrase I hear often in my practice. The science of nutrition often focuses on what and how much to eat, but when it comes to applying it to real life, understanding why we eat is an important piece of the puzzle that unfortunately often gets ignored.
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5 Reasons Why We Love to Hate Canada’s Food Guide

5 Reasons Why We Love to Hate Canada’s Food Guide

You may have noticed Canada’s Food Guide making headlines recently after attendees at the recent annual Canadian Obesity Summit questioned the “scientific integrity and usefulness of Canada’s Food Guide”, particularly one item in the Vegetables and Fruit group – juice. The “juice issue” only scratches the surface of the problems with Canada’s Food Guide, and why dietitians everywhere hate it when people say that they think we only know how to follow and teach the guide.

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3 Truths about Obesity and Weight that May Surprise You

3 Truths about Obesity and Weight that May Surprise You

 

Since I work closely with people with obesity, as well as health professionals specializing in obesity, sometimes I take for granted some of the things I know about obesity and weight and assume that they are common knowledge. I was reminded of this recently when a friend shared an article about Tess Holliday (Munster)‘s new campaign, Eff Your Beauty Standards. Holliday was recently signed to MiLK Model Management in London, and at 5’5″ and size 22, she is larger and shorter than most plus-sized models. My friend noted that though self-esteem is important and that “conventional models are indeed far too thin”, Holliday is “just not healthy” and “a little further along the opposite spectrum”. Many of his friends agreed, with some making relatively sensible comments like “too skinny or too fat isn’t healthy” and “I worry that people are starting to think being ‘big and beautiful’ means you don’t have to excercise (sic) or eat healthy.” One even chimed in (after I made a comment that height and weight alone can’t be used to judge health) that “I think it’s disgusting to promote obesity. Why not have a (sic) obese model with diabetes, cholesterol and heart conditions. Because basically that’s what they’re trying to promote. I’m so against it.”

With that in mind, here are three truths about obesity and weight that I just want to put out there for people to consider before they start judging Holliday, the #EffYourBeautyStandards campaign, and others with obesity.
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