Best Foods for Better Brain and Mental Health 

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As a fitness pro, you have probably fielded questions from your clients about “eating better”. They might ask things like, “Should I eat less carbs?” or “Should I eat more protein?” You are probably asked less often which foods help support brain and mental health, but this could be part of the conversation. What should…

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5 Ways To Help Clients Move Toward Healthier Eating Habits  

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The sum of your habits is your lifestyle. As fitness professionals, we often encourage healthy lifestyles, yet behaviour change and creating a healthy lifestyle can be challenging. If we break down what a healthy lifestyle looks like, it will be different from person to person, however it is essentially a sum of their habits. Healthy…

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New for 2023: Update of the Dietary Reference Intakes for Energy 

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The Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) for Energy, used by Canadian health professionals as guidance for maintaining energy balance in individuals, have been updated for the first time since 2005—and they have become more inclusive.  The DRIs have long been applied in health-care settings, policy development, and school meal programs, for example. The reference values for…

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Healthy Eating Tips for Busy Students

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As a busy college student, you may feel you just don’t have the time to prepare healthy food. Not paying attention to healthy eating could affect not only your physical well-being but your academic performance too. Your brain needs the right fuel to function optimally. Here are some tips to help you eat healthily even…

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Eat Well for Less: Baked Potatoes, Your Way 

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Food prices have soared in recent months, and they’re expected to rise another 5% to 7% in 2023—ouch. Canadians are looking for ways to eat well within tighter budgets. You can help by sharing healthy, cost-conscious meal ideas with your clients, starting with the tasty baked potato.   Delicious, affordable and nutritious potatoes  Why potatoes? These…

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3 Reasons to Choose Seasonal Food This Fall 

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Seasonal eating means to consume foods around the same time they are naturally grown and harvested. In Canada, the types of foods in season will vary monthly, but you might be surprised to know that we have quite the abundance of produce available over the fall months and even into the winter.  Below are three…

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Pesticides, GMOs and Health: 5 Facts You May Not Know

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You may have seen some headlines about pesticide residues on food, or the health impact of GMOs that caused you some concern. But what does the science say? We’ve rounded up some key facts about how these plant science innovations are regulated, and why they are important tools for the health and well-being of our…

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Plant-based Nutrition

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Although there are many options available for vegetarians, Leslie Beck, a Toronto-based registered dietitian and director of Food and Nutrition at Medcan, says, “The biggest dietary movement in Canada today is flexitarianism. People who eat a flexitarian diet eat a mostly plant-based diet but do occasionally eat meat.” As for the motivation to eat more…

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Sensational Snacks with Eggs

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By Carol Harrison, RD  Eggs are one of the most versatile superfoods. Many Canadians—including me—eat eggs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their appeal is obvious: eggs are delicious and easy to prepare, and they’re a budget-friendly source of protein and other essential nutrients. With all of these benefits in mind, I can’t help but wonder:…

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“Healthy Eating” or “Unhealthy Obsession”?  

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By Erin Phelan  If you work in the fitness industry, you are familiar with the shades of grey surrounding healthy eating. Food is a complex issue, and highly emotional for many of our clients –  not simply those who are overweight, or are living with obesity. For a percentage of our clients, healthy food becomes…

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