Breastfeeding · Nutrition · Pregnancy

Top 5 tips for following a Vegan diet during pregnancy & breastfeeding

Following a vegan diet has become more popular among pregnant & breastfeeding individuals. Have a look at what Cristina Benea, Master of Public Health student, has summarized for this blog. What is a vegan diet? A vegan diet is a type of vegetarian diet that only includes vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. A… Continue reading Top 5 tips for following a Vegan diet during pregnancy & breastfeeding

Baby's First Year · Nutrition · Parenting

Skip the fad diet to achieve a healthy weight after baby

How do I lose the baby weight? That’s the question I get asked most often when I first see a parent after their baby is born. More recently at a Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program, a new mother asked this exact thing. She wondered how she would ever lose the pregnancy weight if she wasn’t expected… Continue reading Skip the fad diet to achieve a healthy weight after baby

Nutrition · Pregnancy

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?

Pregnancy

Tips to promote a positive and healthy attachment with baby

At about 19 weeks into my pregnancy, I started to feel my baby move for the first time! I wasn’t sure what the experience would be like, as some people say it’s a ‘feeling of bubbles popping’ or even a ‘flutter’. For me it felt like a soft and gentle ripple, and was an exciting… Continue reading Tips to promote a positive and healthy attachment with baby

Nutrition · Parenting

Tips to foster healthy eating habits in children

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

Nutrition · Pregnancy

7 tips to eat twice as healthy during pregnancy

Is it time to eat for two? ‘Congratulations! You get to eat for two now!’ is a phrase you may hear when you announce you’re pregnant.  Some may think this is the chance for us to eat more of the foods we love, or not worry as much about the foods we’re choosing. However, eating… Continue reading 7 tips to eat twice as healthy during pregnancy

Nutrition · Pregnancy

What about fats during pregnancy?

February is heart month, which is a good time to talk about healthy fats during pregnancy. I often find people think that they should avoid fat…have a look at what Vanessa Pietrantonio, our nutrition student has summarized based on the current evidence. Why is eating fat important? Eating fat is an important part of pregnancy.… Continue reading What about fats during pregnancy?

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Protein in pregnancy: Why it’s important and how can I get enough?

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?

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Pregnant? Tips to eating your best during the holiday season.

Holidays are a time where we may go out for a special meal or celebration. How do we ensure we don’t overindulge during this time? Tips to prevent unwanted discomforts from happening Eat at regular mealtimes and snack times. Before heading out to your gathering, eat at your regular meal and snack times. Don’t skip… Continue reading Pregnant? Tips to eating your best during the holiday season.

Nutrition · Pregnancy

Gestational Diabetes: Why is my sugar high during pregnancy?

“At my last prenatal appointment I was told that I have high sugars, but why?  I don’t eat a lot of sweets.”  As a registered dietitian working with pregnant clients, this is a common question I am asked.  I’m sure many of you are wondering the same thing. So… why are my sugars high? Let… Continue reading Gestational Diabetes: Why is my sugar high during pregnancy?