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World Maternal Mental Health Day

This year, May 5, 2021 is World Maternal Mental Health Day.  It is a day to raise awareness of perinatal mood disorders. 1 in 5 women experience anxiety and/or depression during pregnancy or post-partum. It is one of the most common complications of pregnancy and childbirth yet it is often unnoticed and untreated. The COVID-19… Continue reading World Maternal Mental Health Day

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COVID-19 Vaccine: Planning a pregnancy, pregnant or breastfeeding

As of April 23, all pregnant individuals in Ontario are eligible to register for COVID-19 vaccination appointments. It is free and available to all eligible residents. An OHIP card is not required to get the vaccine. Many have been asking questions about the vaccine and whether it is safe to be vaccinated when planning a… Continue reading COVID-19 Vaccine: Planning a pregnancy, pregnant or breastfeeding

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Six tips to support food sustainability

What is food sustainability? In short…it is maintaining a food system that is safe and healthy for everyone starting from the production of food all the way to putting food on your table. It means making food in ways that are safe and healthy for the environment and the consumer. But it doesn't end there;… Continue reading Six tips to support food sustainability

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Are you getting enough potassium?

By 2022, you will see potassium listed on the Nutrition Facts Table, as one of several food labelling improvements required by Health Canada. Why potassium? Diets low in potassium are linked with having higher blood pressure and other chronic diseases such as heart disease. Data shows that Canadians are not eating enough potassium-rich foods. What… Continue reading Are you getting enough potassium?

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Tips to be more mindful

This past year has been challenging.  We have posted many blogs encouraging us to take care of ourselves especially our mental health.  One of the strategies that comes up a lot is mindfulness.  But what is mindfulness and how does it help us? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines mindfulness as: "The practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental… Continue reading Tips to be more mindful

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Emergency Birth Control

Studies show more than 50% of pregnancies in Canada are not planned. With this in mind, have you thought about your reproductive life plan? Perhaps you have decided that you are not ready for a pregnancy just now …but then, life throws you a surprise.  For example, in the heat of the moment, you and… Continue reading Emergency Birth Control

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Mixed bean salad using non-perishable foods

Non-perishable foods, also known as "shelf-stable" foods, are foods that can be safely stored at room temperature. In other words, they can stay on the shelf instead of in the refrigerator or the freezer, such as canned foods and dried pasta. Many canned products can last up to a year on your shelf and are… Continue reading Mixed bean salad using non-perishable foods

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Let’s Talk!

On January 28, 2021 Canadians are being encouraged to talk about their mental health. We are facing challenges that we have never faced before.  From social distancing to lockdowns, fear of becoming sick to fear of losing loved ones.  When it comes to mental health, now more than ever, every action counts. Some stress and… Continue reading Let’s Talk!

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5 Quick & easy sandwich ideas

Other than having leftovers from last night's dinner, sandwiches are my quick way of throwing together a lunch in under 10 minutes. Here are my top 5 go-to sandwiches. I usually try to add some vegetables into my sandwiches. Give them a try! Between 2 slices of whole grain bread, add: A slice of marble… Continue reading 5 Quick & easy sandwich ideas