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Pregnant and fasting during Ramadan? 6 tips to eat well

The month of Ramadan is a time of fasting for Muslims. Check out registered dietitian Christine DeSouza’s tips to eat well during Ramadan. Fasting during Ramadan means no food or drink, not even water, between sunrise and sunset. Many Muslims stay up late into the night and may choose to rest during fasting hours. Ramadan… Continue reading Pregnant and fasting during Ramadan? 6 tips to eat well

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Canada’s Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP)

Congratulations on your pregnancy! This can be a joyous yet overwhelming time for you. You are probably thinking about the many physical changes happening to your body and what’s going to come next. Prenatal programs can help answer your questions. Prenatal programs can provide information on: labour and birth prenatal care and services how to… Continue reading Canada’s Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP)

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

What to eat when trying to get pregnant

Have you heard of the expression, “You are what you eat”? Now, what does it really mean? To put it simply, it means your body gets the nutrients it needs from the foods that you eat.  In order to get all these nutrients to stay healthy, we need to eat a variety of foods.  This… Continue reading What to eat when trying to get pregnant

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Energy bites: A no-bake healthy snack recipe

The foods you eat help fuel your body with vitamins and minerals.  During pregnancy your body is working hard to help your baby grow, therefore it needs additional protein and energy. Eating small frequent meals and snacks during the day will help achieve this goal. Protein and energy will help your baby grow, ensure you… Continue reading Energy bites: A no-bake healthy snack recipe

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Pregnant? Get the facts on calcium!

The topic of calcium comes up often as a question when I am counselling expectant parents or teaching group classes. Most people are aware that it is important to get calcium for strong bones and teeth. But did you know that calcium also plays an important role in maintaining healthy heartbeat, normal blood pressure, healthy… Continue reading Pregnant? Get the facts on calcium!

Nutrition

Unlock the potential of food!

Each year in March, Dietitians of Canada supports a Nutrition Month campaign to help Canadians connect with food in different ways. For 2018, the focus is on “Unlocking the Potential of Food to Fuel, Discover, Prevent, Heal and Bring us Together.”  I particularly like this year’s theme. It is a good reminder that food has… Continue reading Unlock the potential of food!

Nutrition · Pregnancy

5 Reasons to attend a Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program

Finding out that you’re pregnant can make you feel many different things: happy, excited or even confused, especially as you read more about what to expect. How do you know you’re making the best decisions about your health or your baby’s health? There are so many sources of information available (websites, phone apps, forums), who… Continue reading 5 Reasons to attend a Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program

Breastfeeding · Nutrition · Pregnancy

Top 5 tips for following a Vegan diet during pregnancy & breastfeeding

Following a vegan diet has become more popular among pregnant & breastfeeding individuals. Have a look at what Cristina Benea, Master of Public Health student, has summarized for this blog. What is a vegan diet? A vegan diet is a type of vegetarian diet that only includes vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. A… Continue reading Top 5 tips for following a Vegan diet during pregnancy & breastfeeding

Nutrition · Pregnancy

7 tips to eat twice as healthy during pregnancy

Is it time to eat for two? ‘Congratulations! You get to eat for two now!’ is a phrase you may hear when you announce you’re pregnant.  Some may think this is the chance for us to eat more of the foods we love, or not worry as much about the foods we’re choosing. However, eating… Continue reading 7 tips to eat twice as healthy during pregnancy

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Food and Mood: What’s the connection?

Positive mental health is our ability to feel, think, and act in ways that allow us to enjoy life and deal with life’s challenges. Our mental health is affected by many different things including our work-life balance, our relationships with others and our environments. Having a healthy eating pattern is one of many activities that… Continue reading Food and Mood: What’s the connection?