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Health Canada Just Banned Trans Fats. Should Sugar Be Next?

Health Canada Just Banned Trans Fats. Should Sugar Be Next?

Last week, I shared on social media that Health Canada will be banning the use of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in food, effectively banning artificial trans fats from our food supply. On Twitter someone replied, “Next up, sugar.” I was tempted to tweet back, “I hope not!” But unsure whether they were being serious or just tongue-in-cheek, I decided to not incite a Twitter war and blog about it instead.

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Can You Be Addicted to Food? {An Open Letter to CBC’s White Coat, Black Art}

Can You Be Addicted to Food? {An Open Letter to CBC’s White Coat, Black Art}

Dear Dr. Goldman & the White Coat, Black Art team:

As a registered dietitian, certified Intuitive Eating counselor and CBC fan, I listened to the season premiere of White Coat, Black Art with interest. “Food addiction” is indeed a controversial topic, and I was hoping that more airtime could’ve been given to arguments against food addiction as a diagnosis and an abstinence-based treatment.

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Canada is Getting a New Food Guide! Here’s What You Need to Know

Canada is Getting a New Food Guide! Here’s What You Need to Know

Let me start this post by saying that it’s a common misconception that dietitians base all of their recommendations on Canada’s Food Guide. Most of the dietitians I know, myself included, rarely use it in their practice. In fact, if there’s one thing that dietitians, health professionals and those who make more dubious nutrition claims seem to agree on, it might just be hating on Canada’s Food Guide.

With concerns ranging from including fruit juice as a serving of fruit to industry influence, our 10-year-old Food Guide is certainly due for an update.
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Can Meal Planning and Meal Prep Work with Intuitive Eating?

Can Meal Planning and Meal Prep Work with Intuitive Eating?

At first glance, it would appear that Intuitive Eating and meal planning/meal prep don’t mix.

Intuitive Eating is about listening to your body’s signals to help you decide what and how much to eat; meal planning and meal prep “decide” that for you ahead of time.

The first principle of Intuitive Eating is “reject the diet mentality”; meal plans, meal prep and meal planning are often the cornerstones of diets, weight loss programs or “lifestyle changes” to help people lose weight.

So why would I still have the gall to identify as an Intuitive Eater while meal planning every week?

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What Does It Look Like to Make Peace with Food?

What Does It Look Like to Make Peace with Food?

You know that feeling when you’re really mad, upset or sad about something, and you just can’t stop ruminating over it and/or blaming yourself or others for messing up?

That’s the exact opposite of what it looks like to make peace with food.
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Why Eating is Like Packing a Suitcase

Why Eating is Like Packing a Suitcase

Packing is one of my least favourite activities ever, so it’s ironic that it’s one of my favourite analogies for eating. I know people roll their eyes every time they hear a dietitian say, “all foods fit” or “everything in moderation”, so this, to me, gives it a refreshing spin.

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All Food is Good. All Eating Serves a Purpose.

All Food is Good. All Eating Serves a Purpose.

Recently, I was at a dinner party where as the hostess cleared the dishes from the main meal, she proclaimed, “There is a good dessert, and a bad dessert.”

I was confused – if she was so concerned about how her dessert tasted or turned out, why bother serving it?

As it turns out, the “good” dessert was fruit, and the “bad” dessert was donuts.

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Intuitive Eating: I’ve Ditched the Diet Mentality, Now What?

Intuitive Eating: I’ve Ditched the Diet Mentality, Now What?

Rejecting the Diet Mentality is the first of the 10 Principles of Intuitive Eating, and arguably the most important and most difficult one to adopt in the journey to becoming an intuitive eater. We are constantly surrounded by oft well-intentioned messages that teach us that thinner is better, or that our weight is a proxy of our health or lifestyle habits. It’s no surprise then, that many intuitive eating and Health At Every Size practitioners invest a lot of time and energy in breaking down these myths.

But what happens after you finally get it? What if you see that weight loss is statistically improbable, that dieting is associated with weight gain and that it’s crucial to let go of the weight loss dream in order to truly heal? What if you’re truly ready to focus on your health, and not the number on the scale, the measuring tape or the clothing tag?

What’s next?

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Body Positivity? HAES? What It All Means (To Me, At Least)

Body Positivity? HAES? What It All Means (To Me, At Least)

A few months ago, I declared that I was no longer going to help people lose weight. Since then, I’ve been diving deeper into the world of body positivity, Intuitive Eating and Health At Every Size® (HAES®), with the help of podcasts, blogs, articles and colleagues.

Many of these concepts are becoming more popular, which is great, but in some cases are being co-opted for purposes that run counter to these philosophies. *cough*weight loss*cough*

I thought that I would define these terms as I understand them, so that I can better articulate how I have transitioned my practice (and you can better understand what you’re getting into if you decide to work with me.)

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20 Easy, Tasty and Healthy Ideas for Your Next Road/Camping Trip

20 Easy, Tasty and Healthy Ideas for Your Next Road/Camping Trip

Originally published June 24, 2015

 

Many people believe that it’s easier to focus on their health and eating in the summer – they’re more likely to be outside and physically active, the markets are teeming with fresh produce, and often there are fewer other commitments so people can focus on themselves and their health.

Still, summer isn’t without its, shall we say, “fun foods”. Beers on the patio, ice cream on hot days, deep-fried foods at Stampede, and camping trips filled with burgers, hot dogs and s’mores are just some of the not-so-nutritious choices often associated with warmer weather. I’m not here to tell you to not enjoy these foods in the summer, but sometimes you just want to switch it up with something that has a little more nutrients, y’know? (Or maybe that’s just the dietitian in me talking.)

Here are ideas for camping and road-tripping that are easy, kid-friendly and delicious, and will still give you the energy to enjoy your holiday!
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