Benefits of Cinnamon

Benefits of Cinnamon

Cinnamon could be considered one of the world’s most famous and loved spices. It is included in many meals and desserts and in fragrances and beauty products. What you may not know is that cinnamon has been found by research to have many health benefits....

Benefits of Drinking Smoothies

Benefits of Smoothies

In the fast-paced world we live in today, it seems almost impossible to source and eat real, whole foods. However, being healthy may not take as much time as you think. For those that forget to eat a fruit for a snack or to have...

4 Common Additives That Make you Gain Weight

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It’s all too common for people in the weight loss industry to focus only on how many calories or macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats) one needs to lose weight. However, there are many more things to consider when you are trying to shed some kilos....

What is Spirulina?

What is Spirulina

Typically, when I want to recommend a safe and effective way to detox the body, I suggest my clients try spirulina. This is a blue-green algae that has been used for hundreds of years to treat several disease states or to simply support the immune...

Eating for healthier sleep

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Are you having trouble sleeping? Does it take long for you to fall asleep or do you wake up often during the night? Before you reach for those sleeping drugs, there may be a few things you need to address in your diet first. There...

Drinking without guilt during the holidays

Spiced Egg Nog

Let’s face it, most of us will indulge in a drink or two during the holidays. So, why not try to find ways to include good nutrition too?! Here are a few ideas to put the health into your alcoholic drinks. Sparkling Pomegranate Cocktail Did...

Need motivation? Here is some for you.

Need motivation

The one thing that has been consistent in my practice as a dietician is watching how my clients start out with the best of intentions only to give up 3 weeks into the process. Why is giving up so common so soon after trying to...

Forget Your New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

Forget making New Year’s resolutions. With the New Year upon us, it is very easy to say things like, “This year, I will lose 20 kg” or “This year, I will quit smoking” or “This year, I am going to exercise more.” Instead of making...

Weight loss is difficult. Get over it!

Weight loss is difficult

Everywhere you turn you see ads promising you miracle weight loss in a matter of days or weeks. Your better logic tells you, however, that weight loss is a lot harder than that! You try over and over again only to end up feeling more...

The 3 Questions I hate hearing as a nutritionist

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I have been a nutrition counselor for the past 16 years. I have heard every excuse in the book for why someone didn’t lose weight as well as witnessed almost miraculous transformations in people’s bodies and health. But on my journey as a healthcare practitioner,...

4 Great Snacks you can try on the run

Fruit and veg smoothie

Everyone is always asking me what snacks they can eat with their busy schedule. With a little organization from the night before, you could eat healthy all the time AND enjoy the food you eat! Prepare some snacks from the night before so that you...

This One Superfood can keep belly fat away

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If you haven’t already heard about this superfood, it’s about time you did. Coconut oil is quickly becoming one of the foods that should readily be available in your kitchen. Increasing research shows its many health benefits. Here are a few things to consider: Coconut...

How to lose weight when you have hypothyroidism

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According to the American Thyroid Association, 20 million Americans have some sort of thyroid disease and up to 60% of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition. In Europe, there are over 4 million cases reported in Greece and Italy alone (1). With...

Salt – friend or foe?

Salt

As with most things that have to do with nutrition, one single ingredient, macronutrient, or micronutrient is often singled out as being healthy or deleterious to human health. Salt is no exception. Many books, articles, and blogs speak about the dangerous side effects of high-salt...

Reading food labels

Food labels

Reading food labels can often feel like deciphering top secret codes. However, if you know what to look for, the food label can reveal just how healthy (or unhealthy) a food really is. Here are some things to consider: Each label must contain the following...

A few things you may not know about protein

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How much protein do we need? Protein requirements are still debated among experts. The World Health Organization set the protein requirement for the average healthy adult to .8grams/kilogram. However, other research shows that in stressed individuals, a protein intake of 1.5 grams/kilograms vastly improved metabolic...

The Truth About Eggs and Dietary Cholesterol

Eggs and Dietary Cholesterol

For years, eggs have been demonized for contributing to increased cholesterol levels. But even from years ago, research says the exact opposite. According to American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, research from the Framingham study published in 1982 found that “differences in egg consumption were unrelated...

The ABC’s of eating when you are pregnant

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  Pregnancy is both a wonderful and challenging time in a woman’s life.  There is life growing within her and her body changes to accommodate a new baby.  There is research that suggests that how a woman eats during her pregnancy shapes the baby’s foundation...

Too much choice makes you fat.

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The human organism is an amazing work-in-progress that has been shaped by millions of years of evolution. As a result much of our behaviour may not be as free as we think. We make unconscious decisions all the time that result from instincts that have...

Male Sexual Health – How Nutrition Can Help

Male sexual health

The age-old adage, “You are what you eat” also applies to how healthy you are in the bedroom. There is considerable research which links good nutrition to optimal male sexual health. Here are a few things to consider when you want to improve or optimize...

Micronutrients: vitamins and minerals

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You may hear nutritionists refer to food as nutrient-dense or as nutritionally empty. What this refers to is a food’s ability to provide us with the vitamins and minerals that are responsible for a myriad of biochemical processes which fuel our metabolism. Without them, even...