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...

Weight Watchers, SNAP, Ultra-processed food, and Front-of package labels: a few short rants

By Diana I have a few things I want to rant about that aren’t really sufficient for full blog posts on their own so I thought I’d do a few mini-posts today. Weight Watchers As you’ve probably heard, Weight Watchers announced that they’ll offer free services for teens a few weeks ago. The backlash …read more Source: Bite My...

Help me tell the government that we need @EatRightOntario

By Diana Last week I received some upsetting news: EatRight Ontario is shutting down at the end of March due to a loss of government funding. This is sad news for the dietitians who currently work there who will be losing their jobs, for dietitians across the country who use their resources, …read more Source: Bite My...

Does protecting the public infringe on freedom of speech?

By Diana So, I already blogged about a very similar issue not all that long ago, but I can’t let this article pass without comment. Essentially people (aka business owners who are hiring unqualified individuals) are pissed off because they won’t be able to hire just anybody …read more Source: Bite My...

PSA

By Diana This is your reminder that unrefined sugar is still sugar. …read more Source: Bite My...

Why do we care how much Trump weighs?

By Diana recursive donald trump via giphy I know that we all want to clutch onto every piece of evidence we find that Trump is a despicable human, hold them close, let them keep us warm at night, and build bomb shelters from them. I also know that society and …read more Source: Bite My...

The case for breaking up healthy eating and physical activity

By Diana Have you ever noticed that healthy eating and physical activity are often lumped together? I’ve worked on Healthy Eating Physical Activity (HEPA) teams and seen Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) strategies and Healthy Eating Active Fun (HEAF) programs. If you haven’t already noticed it, you probably will now that I’ve …read more Source: Bite My...

Why you shouldn’t eat like an athlete

By Diana Aside from a sort of general curiosity I don’t see the point of articles about the diets of elite athletes. Honestly, I think sharing them as if they’re nutrition tips for the masses is potentially harmful. Unless you’re a professional athlete yourself, which the vast majority of …read more Source: Bite My...