Category: Health and Nutrition

World Alzheimer’s Day: Prevention through Diet

18 September, 2017 No Comments

Since 1994, the 21st September has marked World Alzheimer’s Day: a day dedicated to raising awareness and spreading information about this disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 47.5 million people have dementia globally. No less than 7.7 million cases are diagnosed each year, that’s a new case every four seconds.

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How much water should you drink per day?

14 September, 2017 No Comments

If you, like most people, have asked yourself, your parents, your friends or a health professional how many glasses of water you need to drink per day, you are in the right place. We hear so many different numbers for the amount of water and liquids we need to drink. Sometimes it’s 6-8 glasses/day, sometimes coffee […]

Active Families: Eat Better to Perform Better

13 September, 2017 No Comments

In the whirlwind of everyday life, it isn’t always easy to find the time to cook healthily and make the best nutritional choices for yourself and your family. It gets even more complicated when you practice one or several sports. And yet, we know very well how diet affects not only our athletic performance but […]

What are sulphites and sulphite sensitivity

6 September, 2017 No Comments

Sulphites are one of the top 10 allergens identified by Health Canada. They also have a bad reputation…. They’re blamed for a plethora of problems, from migraines to allergic reactions. But what’s the real situation? Allow me to share what sulphites really are, how to identify them in foods, as well as a solution for […]

How to carb load before a race

6 September, 2017 No Comments

Often, marathon runners experience severe fatigue at around the 30th km (after 90 minutes of running). This manifests as a strong desire to stop running. It’s what’s known as “hitting the wall”. This happens because the body’s glycogen (the principle fuel) stores in the liver and muscles are depleted and fat becomes the main fuel. […]

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Sports Nutrition for Vegetarians and Vegans

15 August, 2017 No Comments

A healthy vegetarian or vegan diet has many health benefits including lower rates of obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer. And with careful planning, it can meet all your energy and nutrient needs to ensure you perform at your best. However, certain nutrients require […]

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What Should I Eat Before My Workout?

15 August, 2017 No Comments

Do you ever get tired or sick to your stomach halfway through your workout? Are you starving right after your gym class? Or maybe you’re not getting the results you are expecting. If so, you’re pre-workout meal or snack may be to blame! If your activity lasts less than one hour, there are no clear […]

Diet, Nutrition and Diverticular Disease

7 August, 2017 No Comments

If you suffer from diverticular disease, I’d like to offer some diet recommendations, both for the active stages of the condition (diverticulitis) and the remission (diverticulosis), as well as set straight a few myths that surround this illness. Diverticular disease is a common illness. Small pockets (diverticula) form on the lining of the large intestine, […]

85 Years Old: It’s Never Too Late to Run a Half Marathon

6 August, 2017 No Comments

If you’re lacking motivation to add a little activity to your day, then we’ve got an inspiring story for you. At 85 years old, Deidre Larkin holds the world record for half-marathon (21 km) in the over 80’s category (2h05). Last year she completed 65 races including several half-marathons. Do you think she’s beginning to […]

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Dietitians of Canada Annual Conference: Three news

Nutrition is a constantly and rapidly evolving science. So much so that it can be difficult to stay abreast of the latest revelations relating to nutrition. That’s why I recently took part in the Dietitians of Canada Annual Conference St. John’s. I found the 3 days enriching, and I was able to meet dietitians specialized […]

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Towards a New Canadian Food Guide

It’s been on the cards for several years, but is now official: a new food guide will be available by 2018. The current food guide (pdf) will be replaced by a set of resources that will help the public and health professionals make healthier dietary choices, and better guide patients and clients. On June 10th, during […]

Common Allergies: Nuts, Fish and Seafood, Sesame

In the last two articles, we covered Peanuts, Wheat, Milk, Mustard, Eggs, and Soy. This week, we’ll look at nuts, fish and seafood, and sesame.