Both organic foods and conventional (non-organic) are equal in terms of nutrient content. I say…it is a personal choice. The difference is in how they are produced. Organic foods are produced without the following: Synthetic (human-made) pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) antibiotics or growth hormones Irradiation or ionizing radiation However, organic farmers… Continue reading Foods during pregnancy: Organic vs non-organic
Are you looking for more plant-based protein ideas? Here is a recipe that is full of protein and has plenty of fibre to keep your intestines moving during pregnancy. This lentil recipe is based on a recipe that I found on the New Canada's Food Guide website and I combined it with some of my… Continue reading Recipe: Middle-Eastern lentil pita pocket
You can easily get all your protein needs when you are vegetarian - you just need to pay attention to where your protein sources are coming from so that you get all the essential building blocks. To help with the growth and development of your baby, protein needs increase in the second half of pregnancy… Continue reading Vegetarian & pregnant? Tips to meet your protein needs
Tired of potato salad this summer….why not try summer squash! Some of the benefits of adding summer squash to your BBQ list: more potassium vitamin C fibre helps you stay hydrated In Ontario, summer squash are available from late spring to early fall, and come in green or yellow colours. If you are still wondering… Continue reading 5 ways to add summer squash to your meals
The new Canada's food guide is encouraging us to be mindful of our current eating habits. This is something that I stress in my discussions with pregnant individuals because it has its benefits when it comes to adapting to pregnancy changes. What are the benefits of mindful eating in pregnancy? Mindful eating in pregnancy can… Continue reading 5 Tips to become a mindful eater in pregnancy
"Healthy Eating is more than the foods you eat" is the main messages of the new Canadian food guide that was unveiled earlier this year. In pregnancy, this is very important because many external factors influence how and what you are able to eat. As the new guide points out, paying close attention to your… Continue reading Canada’s new food guide: 3 Tips to help in pregnancy
Is this the year you and your partner are planning to have a baby? You may be thinking about the healthier choices you need to make to improve your chances of getting pregnant. I say skip the diet and keep weight out of the equation. Instead trust other signs to guide you to a healthier… Continue reading New Year’s Resolution: Leave weight out of the equation!
As a Public Health Dietitian working in the field for many years I make sure I keep up with all the new information about nutrition. Working with students is a perfect opportunity to reach this goal. Have a look at what Rim Mouhaffel has summarized after her 12 week nutrition care rotation with counselling pregnant… Continue reading 7 Tips to add fibre into your diet
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
The answer is no. The only time you need to avoid any common food allergens is if you have a known food allergy. Health Canada identifies the following 11 foods as common allergens: Eggs Milk Mustard Peanuts Crustaceans Fish Molluscs Soy Sulphites Wheat Tree Nuts Sesame Seeds It's common in pregnancy to develop an intolerance… Continue reading Do I need to avoid foods that cause allergies when I’m pregnant?