If men got pregnant…

By Diana Today I just want to rant a little bit about the patriarchy and research, particularly in relation to mothers and pregnant women. You’ve likely all heard about the difference between men and women when it comes to heart attacks, leading to missed diagnoses in many women, and …read more Source: Bite My...

In the chocolate milk war which side will you take?

By Diana A school in Ottawa decided to no-longer offer chocolate milk to students as part of their milk program. This, I should add, was based on a vote taken at a parent council meeting. Predictably, a bunch of parents, students, and assorted individuals from all over the province are outraged at …read more Source: Bite My...

Whole Life Challenge review

By Diana You know what I’m sick of? Engineers and people with zero nutrition education making claims that you can “biohack” your life, undermining dietitians, and giving one-size-fits all nutrition advice. This rant seems appropriate coming on the heels of my post about the carnivore diet. Earlier this summer …read more Source: Bite My...

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...