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You’ve heard your friends say it, your family say it, and likely even complete strangers say it – “It’s my cheat day!” I even heard my fitness instructor say it to my whole class last week, which is what sparked this somewhat ranty blog post.

Cheat day? What does that really even mean?

OK, I know what people mean when they say it…They are describing a day where they can eat whatever they want and not feel guilty about it, because it’s not something they would normally do. It’s a day without restrictions.

nachos cheat day

That doesn’t sound so bad: You eat healthy most days, but once in a while you like to have a day where you “allow” yourself to just eat whatever you want without worrying about your waistline. Maybe there is even an excuse, like a friend’s wedding or your birthday. Does that sound about right?

hydration

 

Summer is FINALLY here in Vancouver. I know Ontario has been suffering from the heat this summer for a while already, but in BC we have had unusually cool weather. But, alas, the heat has arrived!

With the heat ramping up it is important to ensure you stay hydrated.

  • Does coffee and tea count towards your fluid intake?
  • How much do you actually need to drink in a day?
  • Does food contribute to your fluid intake?
  • Why is it especially important for those over 65 years old to stay hydrated?

Find out the answers to these questions, along with some easy tips for increasing your  fluid intake in my latest Huffington Post article: Stay Hydrated This Summer With These Simple Tips

hummus plate

Have you ever tried to replicate the hummus you get in a really authentic Middle Eastern restaurant? It is always so creamy and smooth. I could never figure out their trick. My aunt and uncle just got back from Israel, where they ate hummus with a spoon as a meal, and they too didn’t know how Israelis got their hummus so darn creamy and delicious.

Hummus became a central topic of conversation this weekend when I visited my aunt and uncle. This might have bored many dinner guests half to death, but I was all ears. Could the mystery be solved?

radish pesto

Photo credit: Craig Dugas

I just returned from my first trip to Winnipeg for the Dietitians of Canada National Conference.

The conference was amazing. I spent three days networking with lots of incredible and inspiring dietitians, listening to great sessions on a variety of topics (there were so many awesome speakers), and eating great food.

To top it off, Winnipeg was beautiful! Going to conferences is such a great opportunity to explore a new city. (I can’ wait for next years in Newfoundland!) I tried to get out for short runs in the mornings to explore a bit.

local blueberry crumble

Summer has come early to Vancouver and we couldn’t be more thrilled. This warm, sunny weather has us eager to get outside, head to the beach, and fire up the grill. Summer also has us thinking about all of the amazing seasonal produce Canada has to offer, like juicy peaches, sweet corn, and delicious cherries.

Most of all, we’re excited about the arrival of blueberry season, which  is set to begin three weeks early in BC as a result of our unseasonably warm spring. Blueberries are usually in peak season during the months of July and August. We are lucky to have blueberry farms across Canada, making it easy to shop for these berries locally.

cherry blossoms  vancouver

Summer is coming! Or, practically here if you’re lucky enough to live in Vancouver like me. There is a prime example above — the spring cherry blossoms in Vancouver are one of my most favourite things in the world! Along with my sister, of  course. Here is a picture of us enjoying ice cream by the sea on a hot day in March… sorry to rub it in. ;)

I have been wanting to write about superfoods for a while. Honestly, the term kind of urks me…along with the blanket definition used below.

superfood

Photo credit: slgckgc

You don’t have to eat expensive superfoods to be well nourished. All foods are super! Well, maybe not all foods. I am talking about minimally processed foods here (mostly). That being said, there is some merit to the term at times. I share my views in my latest Huffington Post article here: Are Superfoods Really Good For You?

In my article, I also share a list of some superfood swaps (some “everyday” superfoods, some not) to keep your food budget in check. Be sure to check it out!

Sometimes I just have to laugh at superfood related headlines: Kale could either be slowly killing you or vastly improving your health — depending on the headline you read.

What do you think about superfoods? Many of my colleagues have written about them. If you’re interested in digging deeper into this subject, Registered Dietitian Jennifer Sygo discusses the latest research on many popular superfoods in her book, Unmasking Superfoods.

kale

Photo credit: naturalflow

thomas lavers store front

The fermentation and preservation of foods is an ancient practice that has made a swift resurgence into the modern food scene. In the heart of Toronto’s Kensington Market, Bryan Lavers and Tye Thomas opened their shop, Thomas Lavers Cannery and Delicatessen, with impeccable timing. It was December 2012 – just when the fermentation buzz was ramping up. “It just seems like around the time we opened, fermenting and preserving became a very on point restaurant and food culture thing, we lucked out,” says Thomas.

Lavers, the hands-on professional chef, and Thomas, the curious home cook, are long-time friends that have over 40 years of combined experience working in food and cooking. They opened the cannery to fill a void in the neighbourhood’s offerings. Despite the incredible variety of options available at Kensington Market, it did not include a brick-and-mortar quite like the Thomas Lavers Cannery and Delicatessen.



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