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?
This is a question I get asked a lot. And my answer is… as many as you want! Once the nausea is gone, most pregnant individuals can enjoy their regular foods again. Sometimes meat is still a food we can’t eat. So I suggest to add eggs to help keep up with your extra protein… Continue reading How many eggs can I eat when I’m pregnant?
I often get puzzled looks when I ask about beets. Some don’t know what beets are and others find them hard to cook with. Why is beet root a good idea? This vegetable is available almost year round in Canada and it is more versatile than you think! My grandma used to grate them raw… Continue reading Three reasons that make beets a good choice this winter
February is heart month, which is a good time to talk about healthy fats during pregnancy. I often find people think that they should avoid fat…have a look at what Vanessa Pietrantonio, our nutrition student has summarized based on the current evidence. Why is eating fat important? Eating fat is an important part of pregnancy.… Continue reading What about fats during pregnancy?
Add some yellow in your soup! In the last 3 months of pregnancy you will need to boost the protein in your food to keep up with your baby’s growth. Adding dried peas in soups is a great way to go especially if you are feeling sick of meat. It is also a way of… Continue reading Boost your protein and fibre with yellow split pea soup
The heat has long left us behind and now the thought of a warm drink is comforting during the cooler months. Cold temperatures make it hard to remember to drink and keep up with fluid needs in pregnancy. Although we sweat more in the summer we still have the same needs in the winter. Consider these… Continue reading How to stay hydrated during the cooler months
Make your next party an alcohol-free one. There’s a variety of ideas for you to make drinks that everyone can enjoy. Remember, there is no safe amount of alcohol to drink when planning a pregnancy, pregnant, or breastfeeding, but that doesn’t mean the party is over for you. The key is to be creative and… Continue reading Ten tips to make the best mocktails for your party
Folate is a vitamin important for cells to grow and divide in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy when the fetus is being developed. It is also important for the rest of your pregnancy as it helps produce extra blood and helps the baby to grow. Our pregnant body needs 600mcg of folate daily. 50%… Continue reading Why do I need folate in pregnancy?