Afro-American family having lunch together at home

By Carol Harrison, RD  Food costs are expected to rise 3% to 5% in 2021, the biggest jump in the last decade. For a family of four, that’s an increase of about $700. Here are some strategies and tips you can share with clients who want to optimize good nutrition while keeping their food budget in check.   1. Become a better cook   …

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stress snacking

BY CAROL HARRISON, RD Stress snacking is a common response to all the uncertainty in the world these days. Many people are looking for help with stress snacking, including better-for-you snack ideas, and this is where you can help. Work on mindset first. Start from a place of compassion, not guilt. Remind clients not to be…

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3 Ways to Tackle Cooking Fatigue

BY CAROL HARRISON, RD Since the pandemic began, many Canadians have been preparing more meals at home. While this is a positive change, cooking fatigue is beginning to set in – and when that happens, convenience foods and takeout meals start to look awfully tempting. Help your clients stay on track with these three easy…

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womeniron

Iron is vital for women’s health, yet it’s rarely top of mind. Many of the women in your fitness class are likely unaware of the vital role that iron plays in optimizing health. Beyond the basics about iron, which I’ve written about before, here are the top three things to know about iron and women’s…

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The COVID-19 Food Advice Your Clients Are Craving

Plexiglass, masks, hand sanitizer… COVID-19 has changed how Canadians shop, cook, and eat. And, while panic buying has subsided, other challenges have persisted. Here are three ways to help your clients and participants eat healthier in pandemic times, including hot topics and helpful advice you can share. PROVIDE “BASIC” NUTRITION ADVICE. HOT TOPICS: IMMUNE HEALTH, STRESS EATING…

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Meat and Mental Health

As the pandemic raises awareness about mental health, many Canadians are asking how diet can help. Scientists have long pondered the connection between food and mood. New to the discussion is a ‘study of studies’ from a global report that reviewed 18 studies showing meat eaters have lower risks for depression and anxiety than non-meat…

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Fruit and vegetable

With worries about our health and the economy running high during this COVID-19 crisis, your clients do not need more concerns to add to their list. Knowing the facts about pesticides can help to ease their minds and help them focus on the health benefits of eating plenty of vegetables and fruit, such as supporting…

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Boosting Awareness of Sarcopenia

Most of us have heard of osteoporosis, but ask people what sarcopenia is and many folks have no idea. Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of muscle mass and strength as we age, and while we can’t stop it, we can slow it down. Here’s what you can share with your fitness participants about why that…

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woman at marketplace buying vegetables

1. MYTH: Cooking meals at home just takes too much time. With longer commute times than ever before, it seems like we have less and less time to cook. But, the truth is, that in the time it takes to have a pizza delivered, you can put together a great meal in your kitchen. Here…

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IRON

By Carol Harrison, RD Iron is needed to carry oxygen to our cells. Restrict the amount of oxygen to our cells, and it’s easy to see why going all out in a workout, (or even mustering up enough energy to get there in the first place), can be a challenge for your fitness participants and…

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