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!
In my day to day job as a dietitian, I help pregnant individuals set and achieve healthy eating goals for themselves and their babies. Sometimes, I see expectant parents who have strong cravings for non-food items but feel embarrassed to talk about it with their health care professional. So it often goes unreported and undiagnosed.… Continue reading Help! Why am I craving non-food items?
As we start the New Year, we may think about making healthy lifestyle changes. Part of eating well is making sure you get enough protein to help build, maintain, and repair tissues in your body. Why is protein important? You need protein. When you eat food that contains protein, the digestive juices in your stomach… Continue reading Protein in pregnancy: Why it’s important and how can I get enough?
Busy morning and rushing out of the house? Feel too busy to prepare breakfast and now your stomach reminds you that it’s mid-morning and you haven’t eaten yet? Eating regularly is more important during pregnancy because the food you eat gives your body and baby nutrition and energy. As a dietitian, I hear many reasons why… Continue reading Busy morning? 7 ideas for breakfast-on-the-go
Craving a homemade frozen treat? Keep reading. During these hot summer days, you are probably looking for delicious frozen delights to enjoy. No fancy ice cream maker? Not a problem. There are plenty of options that you can make at home that do not require appliances or lengthy preparation. Fruity popsicles, frozen milkshakes and even… Continue reading Easy homemade frozen treats
Nowadays, everyone is busy running around. As a Dietitian, I want to challenge you to prepare quick & healthy lunches everyday. Today, I am going to share with you my 5 top ideas for healthy delicious lunches to pack for yourself. What? Pack my lunch? Why? You know what’s in your lunch when you make… Continue reading 5 Tips to pack a healthy lunch during your pregnancy
You probably know you need to eat protein, but what is it? When you eat food that contains protein, the digestive juices in your stomach and intestine go to work. They break down the protein in food into basic units, called amino acids. The amino acids can then be reused to make the proteins your… Continue reading How can I get enough protein when I’m pregnant and breastfeeding?
Have you ever had a really busy morning filled with errands and appointments, when your stomach reminds you that it is now mid-morning and you haven’t eaten yet? Eating regularly is more important during pregnancy because the food you eat gives your body and baby nutrition and energy. As a dietitian, I hear many reasons why… Continue reading Breakfast-on-the-Go
What foods help your baby’s brain develop? As a dietitian, I’m often asked by pregnant clients what food they should eat to help their baby’s brain develop. The easy answer is to choose foods high in DHA, a type of omega-3 fat. During pregnancy and breastfeeding, it’s important to get enough DHA. This healthy fat… Continue reading Brain food for you and your baby