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Andrea D'Ambrosio

Registered Dietitian, RD at Dietetic Directions

Andrea is a Registered Dietitian and owner of Dietetic Directions, a nutritional counselling and education company. Andrea’s mission is to inspire clients through motivation and guidance to achieve life-long health behaviour changes. She has taken continuing education in the areas of Food Allergy and Food Hypersensitivity, Health Research Literacy, Motivational Interviewing & Coaching for Behaviour Change.

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Recent posts from Andrea

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3 Ways to Enjoy Halloween Candy (and not overdo it)

Are you able to enjoy Halloween candy without over-doing it?  Did you know that how we approach Halloween treats is how we will approach other food temptations?  This topic is important since every holiday (ie. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Valentine’s Day, Easter) has food temptations. The good news is that we do not have to […]

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Five Reasons to Disregard Food Sensitivity Tests

For the past four years, I have wanted to request CBC Marketplace do an expose on the increasingly popular, “food sensitivity tests”.  These blood tests cost around $500-$700 and screen over 250 different foods to determine which foods you are “sensitive” to.  Awareness needs to be raised as millions of well-intentioned consumers are being swindled by […]

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3 Tricks to Snack Like a Dietitian

Have you mastered the art of snacking? Do you feel in control of the foods you choose and the amounts you eat? Or do you snack by default or merely what’s available?

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Kefir Fever

When strolling down the dairy aisle have you noticed kefir, a cousin of yogurt? Kefir (pronounced “kuh-FEER”) is a dairy beverage made by adding kefir “grains”, which are pellets of yeast bacteria, to milk and heating it to produce a drink. Kefir is like a “drinkable yogurt” with a similar taste, but with a much […]

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Do You Need a Spring Cleanse?

The word “detox” or “cleanse” sounds so powerful, right? Like it will work some serious magic. Advocates of the “cleanse diet” say it will reset your body; improve energy, digestion, metabolism etc. But does it? What is involved in this drinkable concoction and is it worth your hard earned cash? As a society, we are […]

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In Defense of Carbs

“I have been cutting my carbs”, “I am avoiding carbs”, “I don’t eat carbs” – these are all things I frequently hear from conscientious dieters. “After all,” they say, “aren’t carbs bad for me?” Thank you Dr. Atkins for leaving people so confused and worried about this misunderstood macronutrient. Contrary to popular belief, carbs are […]

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Is Healthy-ish the Newest Food Trend ?

22 February, 2016 1 Comment

So far in 2016, the trend of eating “healthy-ish” has been gaining some serious momentum. The January issue of Bon Appetit spotlighted healthy-ish eating and a PBS documentary with writer Michael Pollan (who also uses this term) has been getting attention. What does “healthy-ish” mean? What are the benefits of eating this way? I spoke […]

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5 Scientifically Proven Ways to Boost Immunity

Can your diet (or lifestyle) improve your immune system? Yes it can, but be skeptical of supplements making these claims because there’s no single food or nutrient that will magically boost immunity. For example, Echinacea, a very popular herb (in the daisy family) taken to combat colds does not have research to support cold prevention […]

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Mindful Eating Secrets (To Prevent Over-Eating)

Have you ever gone to a dinner party and left feeling stuffed beyond belief? You may have even whispered, “Why did I eat so much?” The thoughts of the fantastic party are over-shadowed by your utter discomfort. Has this happened to you? It’s happened to me.

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Top 7 Merry Christmas Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

The song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”. Do you agree? Or is it the most wonderful time of the year to give up your healthy eating intentions because of the inevitable over-abundance of food and sweet temptations?

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Fertility Diet: For Him

28 September, 2015 No Comments

For couples looking to get pregnant, it seems that the onus is mostly on the woman’s diet.  Well-intentioned husbands come in for dietary counselling wanting to know what their wife should be eating or which supplements she should be taking to supplement her fertility diet.  Instead, men should also be asking about the crucial role […]

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Pregnancy Planning: For Her

28 September, 2015 No Comments

Many women planning on becoming pregnant want to ensure they are meeting their nutritional needs to provide the best possible health outcomes for their unborn child.  Poor dietary quality, chronic dieting, unhealthy lifestyle behaviours (such as sedentary lifestyle, stress, alcohol, smoking) and a diet lacking key nutrients, all compromise the health of an unborn child.  Today’s article […]