Breastfeeding · Parenting

Breastfed babies are ready for emergencies

Emergency situations often occur when we least expect it and with no time to plan. They are unpredictable events that can leave your family without electricity, clean drinking water, and transportation.  You may not be able to cook, prepare food, or access grocery stores.  Your normal life is disrupted. These events can be the result… Continue reading Breastfed babies are ready for emergencies

Nutrition · Pregnancy

6 ways to eat well with Gestational Diabetes

You are 24-28 weeks pregnant and you just got your sugar checked.  Your doctor tells you that you have Gestational Diabetes (GDM).  This means high sugars in your blood, during your pregnancy.  It is normal for this to happen in pregnancy.  It happens to some pregnant parents but not everyone. It’s possible to have healthy… Continue reading 6 ways to eat well with Gestational Diabetes

Parenting · Pregnancy

Delaying parenthood:  Does age really matter?

A friend of mine recently mentioned that he and his wife of 4 years have talked about when they should start having a family.  His wife’s 29th birthday was just around the corner and he was now 37 years old.  They intentionally delayed having to make this decision since they had started new jobs and… Continue reading Delaying parenthood:  Does age really matter?

Nutrition · Parenting

Savoury pumpkin recipes to try this Fall

When we think of fall, we think of cooler temperatures, leaves changing colour and of course pumpkins! Some of my favourite Fall colours are the deep reds, oranges and mustard yellows. These are also the colours of many fruits and vegetables in season at this time. Though pumpkins make wonderful decorations, we need to remember… Continue reading Savoury pumpkin recipes to try this Fall

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Worried about BPA in your food? 5 Tips to reduce exposure.

As a registered dietitian, I facilitate workshops for pregnant women at two of the Canada Prenatal Nutrition Programs (CPNPs) in Toronto. A common question I am asked is if plastic can be placed in the microwave to warm up food or drinks. We, at Toronto Public Health (TPH), recommend that plastic not be used in… Continue reading Worried about BPA in your food? 5 Tips to reduce exposure.

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

What I need to know if I’m diabetic & planning to have a baby

During prenatal class, one of my moms shared her story of being diabetic and how this affected her ability to get pregnant.  She expressed that if only she had known about the effects of her diabetes, maybe she would’ve had an easier time getting pregnant.  Although it’s true that diabetes can affect your fertility, knowing… Continue reading What I need to know if I’m diabetic & planning to have a baby

Breastfeeding · Emotional Health · Parenting

Infant feeding and my mental health

Becoming a new parent is a major life change that is certain to come with rewards and a few learning curves along the way. For those who are vulnerable to postpartum mood disorders (depression, anxiety, etc.) support from friends, family and the community are all important in helping a new parent feel confident in this… Continue reading Infant feeding and my mental health

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Creamy broccoli soup: A spoonful of Vitamin C

Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, plays many roles in maintaining your health during pregnancy.  Did you know that it helps prevent cell damage which can lead to lifelong conditions such as heart disease AND it also protects you against infections by maintaining a healthy immune system? Read on. Vitamin C helps absorb the… Continue reading Creamy broccoli soup: A spoonful of Vitamin C

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Great minds with small hands: The importance of fine motor skills

  I will never forget the moment my daughter was about 2 months old when she first discovered her hands. She lifted her arms up in front of her face while in her swing and carefully turned her hand as if she was saying “What is this? How do I use it?” From baby’s first… Continue reading Great minds with small hands: The importance of fine motor skills

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Quick & easy salad in a jar recipe

I am always looking for great ideas to help me eat healthy on the go.  This ‘salad in a jar’ is nutritious, portable, fresh, easy to make, uses simple colourful ingredients, inexpensive compared to eating out in a restaurant, AND is fun to assemble! Layer your favourite foods in a jar, take it to work… Continue reading Quick & easy salad in a jar recipe