Why science is failing

By Diana After my fellow dietitian Abby Langer wrote this article for Self, which I personally felt was quite considered and rather generous to the carnivore movement, I noticed a commonality among many of the people spewing abuse and vitriol (does an all-meat diet make you …read more Source: Bite My...

So you don’t want the government in your kitchen

By Diana According to Wikipedia, “A government is the system or group of people governing an organized community, often a state.[1] A government is like a clan with the purpose to govern the whole family or whole nation with powers of financial, military and civil laws. The main purpose of …read more Source: Bite My...

A smile doesn’t hide your weight bias

By Diana I completed an online course on weight bias and stigma for healthcare professionals last week. There was quite a bit that was good but there were a couple of things that rubbed me the wrong way. If you’re not already aware Obesity Canada states that, “weight bias …read more Source: Bite My...

If you’re cheating on your diet, then you should probably break-up with it

By Diana Yes, the above post is undoubtedly very cute. Using emojis is a fun way to make your point. However, I would argue that if you are struggling with your weight that you should actually reverse the suggestion by Dr Nadolsky. I’m not saying, eat unhealthy food all day every day. I’m …read more Source: Bite My...

Representation matters and the health care industry is failing miserably at it

By Diana Source: UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity. In relation to my recent posts about how a dietitian’s weight is not indicative of their professional capability, I’ve been thinking a lot about weight bias. Specifically, I’ve been thinking about how we portray (or don’t portray, as the …read more Source: Bite My...

Call in the food police, we’ve got another unruly body

By Diana I feel the need to expand on something I touched on in my post last week. It’s related to people judging dietitians on the basis of our weight. My previous post mainly discussed why it’s inappropriate to judge anyone’s professional abilities, including dietitians, on the basis of …read more Source: Bite My...

Being thin is not a qualification for providing nutrition advice

By Diana Last week a bunch of crossfitters and meatatarians got all worked up because the former president of the Academy of Nutrition and …read more Source: Bite My...

I don’t know why you say Hello (Fresh), I say Goodbye

By Diana One of the items in the swag bags …read more Source: Bite My...

Are pharmacists the new dietitians?

By Diana The other day I was in a grocery store when a recording came over the PA system encouraging customers to speak to the in-store pharmacist about making healthy food choices. Naturally, I was like “what the fuck??”. People wonder why dietitians are so defensive of our profession. This. This sort …read more Source: Bite My...

Just because it’s “always delicious” doesn’t mean it’s not a diet book

By Diana Last week I attended the Ambition Nutrition Symposium in Toronto, to which I was fortunate enough to win free tickets. The theme of the conference was “bringing it home” and was intended to help translate nutrition theory into the kitchen and onto client’s plates. While I’m not sure the day …read more Source: Bite My...

Are Clif Bars a healthy snack?

By Diana I wanted to write a little about Clif Bars because I think there’s a lot of confusion about them. Before I start though, I should get this out of the way, this is not a sponsored post. I have no affiliation with Clif Bar whatsoever. Okay, now …read more Source: Bite My...

Should we allow advertisers to have unlimited access to children?

By Diana As in many countries, including Canada, there is currently a push in the UK for a ban on “junk food” advertising to children. Naturally, there’s push-back but surprisingly not (just) from the food industry but from registered dietitians. I have to admit, I was pretty taken aback when I saw …read more Source: Bite My...

Canada’s not-so-innovative strategy to achieve healthy weights

By Diana A few weeks ago, to little fanfare, the government of Canada announced an “Innovation Strategy” to achieve healthy weights in Canada. My coworker alerted me to it and got me going out on a rant on a Friday afternoon. Don’t get me wrong, there’s some good stuff in here: promoting …read more Source: Bite My...

Is a spoonful of sugar the way to get the vegetables to go down?

By Diana When I saw this article: “Sugar, salt or sweeteners may be key to getting children to eat greens” last week in the Nutrition Resource Centre “News in Brief” email I knew that I had to read more. I mean, were the authors really suggesting …read more Source: Bite My...

The Food Guide needs to rise above dietary dogma

By Diana A while ago I remember reading an article by some doctors about how the updated Canada’s Food Guide should be promoting a low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diet. Then last week there was another article about a “prominent Ontario doctor” who asserts that the new Food …read more Source: Bite My...

Why we need to stop with the meat and alternatives

By Diana Ever since the new Food Guide consultations began the dairy and beef industries have been pushing back hard. They’re afraid that if the traditional food groups are dismantled, and if the food guide encourages people to consume more plant-based sources of protein, as has been put forward in the consultation, …read more Source: Bite My...

Naturopaths are jumping onboard #NutritionMonth and this boat ain’t big enough for all of us

By Diana As you probably know, March is Nutrition Month. Traditionally this is the month in which dietitians come out in full force on social media, and in news articles, with nutrition tips, recipes, etc. This year I noticed a change. Yes, dietitians are still out there telling everyone to eat more …read more Source: Bite My...

Breathing vs raw food. Should we be getting our oxygen from our diet?

By Diana Does everyone remember when that Australian “health coach” told everyone that cancer is actually good for you (see above)? And then everyone piled on and she relented and removed the post and made a sort-of apology video. I was thinking about that recently after reading this article …read more Source: Bite My...

Healthspan app review

By Diana I read this article about a “new app that identifies your nutrition gap” a little while ago. According to the article, the app (Healthspan) will make individualized supplement recommendations that you can order in-app based on your diet. Naturally, I was concerned. Ideally, we should be aiming …read more Source: Bite My...

Kid-friendly foods aren’t doing kids any favours

By Diana Not being a parent I hadn’t realized the excess of unhealthy recipes on the Internet promoted as “kid-friendly”. That is, until last week when I was searching for recipes to update the selection we offer at our children’s cooking classes at work. I was searching for “kid-friendly recipes” and “kids cooking” …read more Source: Bite My...