What can you do to prevent your family from getting sick this season? Stay healthy this season – try these 10 tips: Fill your plate with bright green, red, and orange veggies. Choose broccoli, red pepper, sweet potato, spinach, turnip greens, squash, kale, swish chard, and other dark leafy greens. These are all packed with… Continue reading 10 Tips to give your immune system a boost
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
I was so happy for my cousin when she married last year. She was excited to tell me that she was planning to have a baby for next summer. When I suggested she see her doctor for a preconception health visit, she had no idea what this meant and what to expect. Having a check-up… Continue reading Planning a pregnancy? Questions your health care provider may ask.
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
You’re excited to welcome a new baby, and want to choose just the right gift. For the first year of life, babies need to be fed and loved, cuddled and sung to, precious gifts that are difficult to wrap! That means the perfect baby shower gift is one that meets parents’ needs, giving them support… Continue reading 5 great ideas for a baby shower gift
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?
Is this the year that you’ve decided to have a baby? If you’ve answered “Yes!” then it’s a good idea to start planning now to ensure that you and your partner are as healthy as possible. Moderate exercise may help to improve your chances of having a healthy pregnancy & baby. To get started, think… Continue reading Why be physically active if planning a 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
I wear a few hats; public health nurse, mother, and grandmother just to name a few. Having two young granddaughters, enables me to look at parenting from a different or outside lens. And what I can see is that parents today seem to be overwhelmed with decisions and choices. There are so many prevailing attitudes… Continue reading Feeling overwhelmed by parenting choices and decisions? Tips to help.
Maria moved to Toronto six months ago. She is a new mother of a two month old baby girl. She and her husband are feeling the stress of a new country, a new baby, and no family to help. Maria speaks little English and isn’t sure where or how to get help from her new… Continue reading New to Canada? Just had a baby and feeling lost and alone?