Battle of the baked beans: how supplements are winning the war on food

By Diana By Linda Spashett Storye book (Own work) [CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons Did you hear about Heinz being found in breach of advertising guidelines? This in response to a commercial in which apparently (I can’t see the actual ad as they had to retract it) a …read more Source: Bite My...

Making people feel like shit about what they eat isn’t an effect tactic to get them to change

By Diana At some point someone came up with the brilliant idea to use scare tactics, guilt, and shame to convince people to do (or stop doing) certain behaviours. I think it may have originated with smoking cessation where people thought that showing people videos of people smoking through holes in their …read more Source: Bite My...

Are dietitians getting too sexy?

By Diana A few years ago I wrote a blog post that really hit a nerve with other dietitians. It was about how dietitians just aren’t sexy. This was in the sense that we don’t hop on trends (unlike other unregulated professionals) and instead are moored in evidence-based practice. …read more Source: Bite My...

It ain’t easy feeding greens

By Diana Last week this article: Don’t Make Children Eat Their Greens caught my eye, mainly because of the headline. Great dietitian click-bait Guardian 😉 The article is actually much better than the headline makes it appear but I still have to throw my two-cents into the ring. As the …read more Source: Bite My...

Don’t eat this, not that!

By Diana Ever notice the proliferation of magazine articles telling you what to eat instead of something else? It’s almost always one crappy food versus another somewhat less crappy (but much less desirable) food so that you’re left feeling guilty if you choose the “not that” and resentful if you choose the …read more Source: Bite My...

No, watching What the Health does not qualify you to provide nutrition counselling

By Diana I saw a couple of RDs I know tweeting about this article a couple of weeks ago and I just had to add my two cents. I honestly think that freedom of speech is being misconstrued in the US and this is not an issue of freedom …read more Source: Bite My...

Starbucks iced coffee is heavy on the syrup and light on the truth

By Diana It may be getting a little cool for cold brew (no, not beer, coffee brewed with cold water basically a sort of iced coffee) but we recently had a belated summer heatwave here and I thought I might switch-up my usual Starbucks latte order for an iced beverage. I thought …read more Source: Bite My...

Who would you rather have as your nanny: Ronald McDonald or Justin Trudeau?

By Diana I just read an article about the proposed revisions to Canada’s Food Guide and an article about the predatory tactics of the food industry in Brazil back-to-back and was duly infuriated by both. I was annoyed by the Food Guide article’s pitting of vegans against …read more Source: Bite My...

Grocery Store Lessons: Mott’s Fruitsations Rolls

By Diana It’s has recently come to my attention that some mom’s are blithely sending their kids to school with these new “fruit roll-ups” as the result of a mistaken belief that they are “healthy”. Before I start dissecting these “fruit” snacks, let me first get this out of the way: healthy eating …read more Source: Bite My...

Has healthy eating jumped the shark?

By Diana My colleague and I were recently looking for cookbooks for children and families. I was a bit surprised by what’s available. We were looking for something that used basic, affordable ingredients. Recipes that would be easy to prepare, nutritious, and tasty. What we found was a limited number of children’s …read more Source: Bite My...

Should dietitians use #eatclean on social media?

By Diana A friend shared this article with me last month. For those of you who can’t be bothered to click links or belong to the TL;DR camp (of which, I’ll admit, I’m a frequent member) let me give you the briefest of synopses. It was about clean eating, …read more Source: Bite My...

Coconut ash lattes are better at cleansing your wallet than your body

By Diana Apparently this needs to be said again (and again and probably again) because people are still drinking things like the new “coconut ash latte”. Maybe you think drinking something that’s black looks cool? Maybe you think that drinking a beverage made with charcoal is somehow healthy? Like if …read more Source: Bite My...

Why industry shouldn’t have special input into the food guide

By Diana With the recent public consultation on the new Canadian “food guide” just coming to an end I’ve been noticing a lot of push-back from industry. There was a letter from a MP voicing concern about the new food guide as the new guiding principles seem to be …read more Source: Bite My...

Planet Fitness, judgement-free or lacking judgement?

By Diana A new gym just opened in town and I was considering joining after not having a gym membership for years. I was attracted by the $10 monthly membership fee (that’s less than one visit to Goodlife!) and I thought that it might be nice to augment my running and home …read more Source: Bite My...

How not to be the next Tom Brady

By Diana So you want to be the next Tom Brady. Sorry to burst your bubble but buying his latest book on nutrition and training (out this September) is not going to help you. I haven’t read his book. Can you believe his publisher didn’t send me a a free copy for review?? …read more Source: Bite My...

Buzz off with having a personal trainer “debunk” nutrition myths buzzfeed

By Diana What the hell, buzzfeed??? Why would you choose a personal trainer to debunk “diet and nutrition myths”? Sure, not everything he said was inaccurate but his training does not lend itself to providing evidence-informed nutrition information. As a celebrity trainer, it’s his job to help people lose weight and get …read more Source: Bite My...

You won’t need a meal plan in the nanny state

By Diana You know what I find ironic? And not Alanis ironic, which is really just crap luck, but genuinely ironic. How vehemently opposed to government “interference” in their lives many people are and how many people ask me to give them meal plans. I’ve had people say to me “just tell …read more Source: Bite My...

Follow Friday: Fermentation Festival

By Diana I know I swore off food festivals after the disappointment that was Cheesefest this year and Taste the County last year but I’m pretty confident that the Fermentation Festival will be different. For one thing, it’s a steal at only $8 admission. There’s not much you can …read more Source: Bite My...

Book review: Hunger by @rgay

By Diana I don’t really feel like a review of a person’s memoir is appropriate. Who am I to be critical of anyone’s experience or how they choose to write about it? So this is not really a review, but more of a recommendation. I’ve had this book on my reading list for …read more Source: Bite My...

Universal nutrition documentary review

By Diana Do you care about food and nutrition? Do you want to learn more about what you’re putting in your body? Where you food comes from? How it’s killing us all and destroying the planet? Then this is the film for you. I really enjoyed the way that the film makers turned …read more Source: Bite My...