Nutrition

Extra! Extra! Read all about it – Nutrition in the News

“The ultimate detox,” and “8 foods to eat for weight loss” are just a few examples of the articles that are in the news. These titles drive us to click on the link because a quick fix sounds appealing. The constant food messages in the news can be confusing and can lead to many unanswered… Continue reading Extra! Extra! Read all about it – Nutrition in the News

Nutrition · Parenting

Tips to foster healthy eating habits in children

As a dietitian, I often speak to parents about family meal times. Some things parents of young children worry about are when their children refuse to eat, play with their food, won’t eat vegetables, dislike or won’t try new foods, or only want one food. A way to help your children with these concerns is… Continue reading Tips to foster healthy eating habits in children

Nutrition · Parenting

Am I feeding my young child enough?

Many parents often ask me if they are feeding their young children the right amount of food. They also have concerns about how their children are growing, often comparing their children to those around them. Children’s growth patterns are different, children of the same age will vary in height and weight, and grow at different… Continue reading Am I feeding my young child enough?

Nutrition · Parenting

Constipation in children

Is your child straining when going to the bathroom? They may be constipated. Constipation in young children is common and can be uncomfortable/painful for them. As a dietitian, I often hear concerns from parents that their child is having less frequent bowel movements or when they have to “go”, it is painful. How do I… Continue reading Constipation in children

Baby's First Year · Nutrition · Parenting

Is your child a picky eater, or a learning eater?

Does your child enjoy certain foods one day and refuse to eat them the next? Children can be hard to predict when it comes to food and eating, which is a concern I hear from many parents. Young children are learning to eat; they are developing their own food preferences. It is important for parents… Continue reading Is your child a picky eater, or a learning eater?

Baby's First Year · Nutrition · Parenting

Tofu Berry Whip – A quick and healthy snack

Tofu is a good source of protein and an excellent source of iron and calcium.  It is made from soy, which comes from soybean plants, a type of legume. There are different types of tofu, regular and silken.  Silken is also known as silk tofu and has a thick and creamy texture, though both silken and regular come in… Continue reading Tofu Berry Whip – A quick and healthy snack

Baby's First Year · Nutrition

Introducing milk, what you need to know

Often parents ask questions about introducing milk to their young children.  When to introduce, how much to give, and what kinds of milk are all common questions I hear from parents. Generally, once children are 9 to 12 months old, they can begin to drink cow’s milk.  The reason cow’s milk is not recommended until… Continue reading Introducing milk, what you need to know

Baby's First Year · Nutrition · Parenting

What about food allergies?

Food allergies are often a big fear for parents. You may wonder if there are ways of preventing food allergies or how to recognize an allergic reaction. Where to start? The most common foods related to allergies are also known as “common food allergens” in Canada. Common food allergens are: Wheat Egg Milk Peanuts Tree… Continue reading What about food allergies?

Baby's First Year · Nutrition · Parenting

The feeding relationship: Introducing new food to your baby

Building a healthy relationship with food For the first six months of life, breast milk is the only food your baby needs.  Around six months, your baby will be showing signs or cues that they are ready for new food.  This is an exciting and sometimes a bit stressful time for parents.  Parents often worry about… Continue reading The feeding relationship: Introducing new food to your baby