Baby's First Year · Nutrition · Pregnancy

Does what you eat affect how you feel?

After your little one has arrived it can be hard to find the time to go to the bathroom, let alone cook! Let’s get creative with ways to feed ourselves. 5 Tips to use food to help stabilize your mood: Eat every 3-4 hours This is necessary because our brain NEEDS energy to function properly.… Continue reading Does what you eat affect how you feel?

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10 ways to eat vegetables and fruits daily

My mom was always telling me to eat my fruits and veggies to stay healthy. She was right.  Read on for 10 suggestions to eat health-promoting vegetables and fruits: How can you eat veggies and fruits daily? Have a fruit at breakfast  You can add your favourite fruit like melons, oranges, or strawberries to your plate beside… Continue reading 10 ways to eat vegetables and fruits daily

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Do I need to avoid foods that cause allergies when I’m pregnant?

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?

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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!

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Pregnant and want to know how and what to eat? Attend a CPNP

A CPNP or a Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program, is a national prenatal program available to pregnant individuals and families who qualify. In Toronto, there are over 30 programs that run across the City each week. I work with a team of Registered Dietitians and Nurses to support pregnant families that attend these programs in making… Continue reading Pregnant and want to know how and what to eat? Attend a CPNP

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Have more veggies and fruit daily to enjoy better health!

They say ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’.  They were right.  But, how many veggies and fruits a day? It is recommended that pregnant and breastfeeding women eat about 7-9 servings of vegetables and fruits a day, where one serving of vegetables is about ½ cup, and one serving of fruit is about… Continue reading Have more veggies and fruit daily to enjoy better health!

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Should I take a vitamin/mineral supplement during pregnancy?

Although we try to improve our eating habits during pregnancy, pregnancy itself can bring on changes that can affect our appetite. So I often get asked, “Do I have to take any supplements during pregnancy?”  The short answer is yes. Health Canada recommends that all pregnant individuals take a multivitamin daily that contains 0.4mg of… Continue reading Should I take a vitamin/mineral supplement during pregnancy?

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Help! Why am I craving non-food items?

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?

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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

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Eggs: Simple tortilla cup recipe

Got Eggs? Ever wonder about the difference between brown and white eggs? Their nutrition is actually the same! The difference is that brown eggs come from hens with brown feathers and white eggs come from hens with white feathers! Eggs can be part of a balanced diet. They’re an excellent source of protein, vitamins and… Continue reading Eggs: Simple tortilla cup recipe