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Carbs are NOT your enemy!

As a dietitian I often hear questions such as, "I shouldn't eat too many carbs right?" or "eating low carbs will help me lose weight?." I mean of course carbs can help you lose weight, but it isn't necessarily the most ideal way or maintainable way to lose weight. Often times carbs are portrayed as the enemy and forbidden food. However, carbs are not the enemy. I actually encourage carb consumption throughout the day in moderate amounts! Reasons why carbs are so important for our bodies: Carbs provide our bodies with the quickest source of energy. Our bodies need carbohydrates for fuel, with glucose (a simple sugar) being our bodies preferred source of energy. Every cell in our body can use

Do you crave SUGAR?

I hear it all the time, "I think I'm addicted to sugar." My clients are always telling me how they just feel like they need to get that little bit of sweetness (and I often feel that myself too). When I hear this, I tell them they are RIGHT. Sugar can be very addicting! There is evidence to show that sugar and sweetness can trigger the reward and craving part of our brains just like other addictive drugs, in fact it can be even more rewarding then drugs (Ahmed et al., 2013). In addition, sugar releases serotonin from the brain which is a feel good chemical. That is why we feel good and sometimes relaxed after eating something sweet. This explains why many people find it difficult to control

Why you might want to introduce your baby to peanut butter

Approximately 2.5 million Canadians have at least one food allergy, furthermore peanut allergies affect 2 in every 100 children. In addition, 1 in every 2 Canadians know someone with a serious food allergy (Food Allergy Canada, 2015). As a dietitian I get a lot of questions as to why there is a rise in food allergies. However, we don't have a great answer to that question because it can be due to a variety of reasons including, environmental influences, our highly hygienic environment, the timing and introduction to foods etc. I came across this great article on how to give babies peanut based foods to help reduce allergy risk. Recent studies found that early introduction to peanut based pr

New Year New You?

New year new you? We hear this saying a lot when we head into the new year. What goals do you want to achieve? What new year resolutions are you going to set for yourself? I often find it hard to think about new year goals for myself, I mean it's an entire year to think about (that's a long time!) Thinking about an entire year often feels daunting to me. We often set these huge new year goals, but once the enthusiasm wears off the goal slowly starts to fade. But let's be positive, it is a new year right? And I don't want your goals to fade. You might have some major goals in mind, but I encourage you to think smaller. What is something you want to accomplish by march, or perhaps over the mon

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