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My Wife The Dietitian is a fun, witty, yet educational podcast about nutrition and healthy living. Join hosts Sandra and Rob every week as they guide you through the maze of healthy eating.
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Feeling hungry and angry? Perhaps, you went out and it's been quite a few hours since you last ate and you are getting more irritable, anxious and angry. Maybe, you don't even recognize your hunger cues, as you've tuned them out long ago, after years of dieting and following certain meal plans. Or, maybe, you feel hungry at odd times, like just bef…
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The first 1000 days (from conception to the child's second birthday) is a unique window of opportunity to shape a child's future health. Ensuring proper nutrition during this period is critical for influencing optimal growth, development, and the success of long-term health and prevention of disease. Prior to conception, the health of the male sper…
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Will using plant-based meat alternatives be healthier than eating beef or other meat burgers? Are the veggie ground round products overly processed and filled with chemicals? These questions are derived from a listener question about using veggie ground round in her family's meals. We delve into some of the pros and cons of plant-based alternatives…
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Longevity seems to be a hot topic. The 'blue zones' are five distinct areas in the world , where people live long with vitality and good quality of life. The Mediterranean diet is one of the most well researched diets to demonstrate a pattern of eating and lifestyle that offers many elements for health, including lower risk of cardiovascular diseas…
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Restrict, reduce, decrease, limit and avoid are just some of the familiar words you may hear when someone is describing a "diet". The keto, paleo, intermittent fasting, low fat, low carb and caveman diets, are some of the common and popular diets that people are following these days, thanks to social media and many 'gurus' in the coaching space. Do…
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Does shopping around the perimeter guarantee a healthier grocery cart? What do those food labels with 'gluten-free' mean? Are foods with more than 5 ingredients really that unhealthy? Today, we bust some common misconceptions about diet and nutrition with our special guest, dietitian Bonnie Taub-Dix. There's lots of great nuggets in this one! For m…
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Life is busy and families find it difficult to connect over a meal with the schedules of the week. Today, we discuss the importance of eating together for family meals, for child development, physical, linguistic, social, psychological and nutritional health. Tune in for five reasons and ways to find time to eat together. Other episodes mentioned i…
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Should you avoid all carbs? What's the difference between simple and complex carbohydrates? What about prebiotics for gut health? How can we include more 'resistant starches' in our day to day eating? We discuss all of these questions as well as other simple and complex information about carbohydrates. With this comprehensive conversation, we discu…
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Going to the grocery store can feel like a trip that breaks the bank. Without enough planning and making a list of essential staples that are needed, it's easy to go over budget for food shopping. In response to a listener question, we discuss 12 actionable strategies to save money on groceries. We also refer back to: Ep 8 Grocery Tour Ep 78 Budget…
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Heartburn is a common health condition that most people experience at least one time in their lives. Acid reflux aka heartburn, can turn in to GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease) which is a chronic and persistent condition from ongoing heartburn. About 20% of the population require medication to help relieve their severe symptoms of acid reflux…
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Rob surprised Sandra by making cauliflower rice in the food processor and adding it to a stir fry. She couldn't identify, or guess what it was. Today, we discuss what it is, why people use it, and what the health benefits are of including cauliflower with meals throughout the week. Enjoying the show? Consider leaving a 5 star review, and/or sharing…
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"What's for dinner?".....the most common question heard in households around the country during the 'witching hour' (after school/work 4-6pm) most days :) Having a plan for the week and the supplies can really help ease the stress and provide some foundational structure for variety and balance. There's benefits to having a plan and, as many people …
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Should I do HiiT, crossfit, zumba, yoga, or weight lifting? These are some questions women have about what kind of exercise is best for them. "What is the best exercise for me?" is a question we received from a listener, a 46 yr old mom with two teenagers, who works full-time. What IS the best exercise and how often should people work out? Rob and …
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Collagen is abundant in our bodies and it is the 'glue' that keeps the body all together and in tact. Today, we discuss what it is, what the functional benefits are, digestion, absorption, and the main sources of collagen to include in our diet. Check out the new blog article on our website all about collagen - Benefits of Collagen⁠. The book ⁠The …
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With our mission to help spread some evidence-based nutrition information, with a touch of spice and humour, we are trying to help people increase their intake of beans/legumes/lentils/pulses and chick peas. One question Sandra receives from clients is, how do I incorporate more beans into the weekly diet? Hummus, a chick pea bean spread, is a grea…
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Do you hear yourself saying, "just one more bite, and then, you can have dessert." We need to stop this. Stop bartering with food. Trust your kids' own hunger. As adults, we have to tune in to our own internal hunger cues too. This helps with more mindful and intuitive eating. Tune in to our discussion today, all about the hunger scale. We referenc…
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We received a question from a listener, who states, " I used to sleep like a log with no issues whatsoever. But, now my hormones are changing, as, I'm in midlife and sleep is becoming more of a problem. I go to sleep and then wake up and can't get back to sleep. Is there anything that I can do? We discuss five strategies to help with getting into a…
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With the growing incidence of type 2 diabetes affecting younger and younger people, there's a lot of confusion and questions about what to eat with diabetes, and how to prevent developing diabetes. Talking with "The Diabetes Dietitian" Tara Rood, RD CDCES(Certified Diabetes Care & Education Specialist) who has been working with people managing diab…
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Is it a smoothie or overnight oats? Some even refer to them as 'smoothie soups', but, whatever you call it, they are tasty, nutritious and a great, balanced way to include a variety of different foods into one meal or snack. Today, we discuss three different recipes of smoothie bowls for yourself and/or family, and what goes into them. Enjoying the…
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Taking a page out of the Blue Zones, five different areas around the world, where people live in good health into their older years, we discuss some dietary factors that all of the blue zones share, plus, some other important lifestyle factors. Tune in, as we talk to media dietitian, Liz Weiss, MS, RDN and culinary expert. Check out Liz's article o…
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March is Nutrition month and March 9 is Dietitian's Day in Canada (Mar 13 in the US). After practicing as a Registered Dietitian for over two decades (26 yrs), a common question that I hear is "What's the difference between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?" There are many sources of health and nutrition information these days and lots of so called '…
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As a population, our bowel habits are in the toilet.....literally, they are stuck. Constipation is a big problem for many people, either occasionally, or chronically. With long standing sluggish bowels, your health can pay the price. Tune in to our episode today to learn all about constipation, why it's so common, and how to remedy with diet and li…
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With so many of Sandra's clients (all ages) who do not like eating fish, including seafood and shellfish, we discuss the importance of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential to health and prevention of some of the most common conditions and diseases. With the acronym SMASH, we cover the fatty, cold water fish that have high levels of omega-3 fatt…
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If you have ever been to a Farmer's Market or bought fresh produce from a farm stand on the side of the road, it's apparent there's a big difference in how the food looks, tastes, and the way you feel when you support local. Today, we interview a local farmer, who has committed her time and livelihood to growing food and selling it through a weekly…
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Today, we take a question from a listener. She asks, "Are white veggies, like garlic, mushrooms and cauliflower part of the rainbow of vegetables and fruits?" Great question! Many people ask the same thing and wonder about the more bland colours, such as white, beige and light green vegetables and fruits. We discuss a variety of colours and how the…
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On today's show, we interview Shannon Dobbs, author of "The Food Waste Rescue Manifesto: 9 Mistakes in Food Rescue We Need to Stop Making Now". Shannon is passionate about making changes to our current food system. He has created several initiatives including programs for food waste reduction, studying the effects of food waste on climate change, a…
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Today, we talk about taking your salad to the next level. You can turn any salad into a whole meal, by adding a few certain ingredients, which fit in with that healthy plate ratio we often discuss. Tune in to hear how to build a well-balanced and delicious salad for a meal. Enjoying the show? Consider leaving a 5 star review, and/or sharing this ep…
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Many women have a goal to lose weight.....and after deeper exploration and reflection to find what's driving their reasons for wanting to lose weight, they often discover that they just want to feel better in their own body, improve their energy, help their digestion to feel less bloated, and feel better overall. Today, we have a conversation with …
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Most people think of these bright, tart berries in sauce at Thanksgiving, or dried, like raisins added to trail mix. A listener asks if dried cranberries are good to prevent bladder infections. Today, we discuss these underrated berries and how to incorporate them into your weekly eating plan. Enjoying the show? Consider leaving a 5 star review, an…
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We know that humans can become addicted to drugs and alcohol, but can we actually become addicted to food? Today, we interview Dr. Vera Tarman, the author of "Food Junkies - A Recovery from Food Addiction" Dr. Tarman, is the medical director of Renascent, an addiction rehab centre in Toronto, and works with people struggling with a variety of subst…
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The mid day meal seems to give people the most grief. It can be a struggle to figure out what to pack for lunch. The old standby bologna sandwich just doesn't quite cut it anymore. Today, Rob and Sandra talk about eleven easy and healthy lunch meals to pack for lunch, school, or to eat at home. Check out the latest blog articleWhat is a Poke Bowl -…
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With today's busy, hustle bustle lifestyle, it's difficult to find time to eat together. It can be even more challenging to do so without distractions, such as smartphones and other media. Our kids are learning about the world, and as parents, we are their role models. Eating meals with the family is critical for normal child development and growin…
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We've all heard the saying...."Beans, beans....they're good for your heart..." but, many people don't know how to cook with beans and what kind of recipes to make. With so many Mediterranean cultures enjoying bean dishes, and the variety of different legumes, pulses, lentils and beans that are available in all sorts of forms, there are delicious be…
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Do you have someone in your life, who you're concerned might be undereating? Many seniors in our society think that lower appetite, losing weight, and getting chronic conditions are all a part of "normal" aging. There are some schools of thought that suggest aging is a disease, since, if an individual continues to have a healthy lifestyle, they can…
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Today, we take a question from a listener, who asks, "Why is Vitamin B Complex called B 50"? B vitamins are complex and there needs to be a balance of B's. We cover all of the "B"ases in this episode. Like Hamlet from Shakespeare said, "To B or not to B...that is the question." Should we take B vitamins and what foods offer good sources of all of t…
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Today, we interview Amanda Archibald, RD, author of "The Genomic Kitchen" Amanda has decades of experience and is passionate about guiding her clients to understand and use food-gene connection to improve health. She teaches her clients, other health care professionals, and colleagues how to use food and culinary education to help turn on detoxifyi…
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A listener asks, "Does fermentation and pickling foods produce the same result?" We cover what are probiotics and prebiotics. How are they helpful for gut health and what helps with the balance for the gut biome? Rob questions Sandra on a variety of topics relating to Probiotics. Enjoying the show? Consider leaving a 5 star review (if you loved it!…
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Do you need to go on a cleanse or detox to start the year to feel cleaner and more healthy? Actually, our body has a finely tuned system to help rid various environmental toxins. As long as you are moving, sweating, hydrating, eating and breathing, your body's organs are performing these critical detox functions daily. There are a few certain tips …
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Beginning a new year, turning over a new leaf, some people resolve to start new routines, such as eating breakfast again. The first meal of the day is a critical opportunity to set the tone of the day for including important vitamins/minerals, protein and fiber. There are many wholesome, healthy choices to break the fast in the morning. Tune in to …
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What we eat matters and the foods that we eat can either help or harm our health. Dr. Wesley McWhorter, RD helps teach doctors, dietitians and other health care professionals culinary medicine. Join us today for this engaging and lively interview with a pioneer in the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative. ⁠Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives Wesley's website…
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There's been a lot of noise in the health and nutrition space about the cons of cans. But, do canned goods really deserve this negativity? As most people are not getting the fruit and vegetable servings in their diet, this is a way to help increase the number. Today, Sandra and Rob discuss 5 categories of canned goods to include in your pantry, and…
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As we start a new year with new goals and resolutions for better health and living, a mindset shift may be a critical way to frame your approach. Talking with Tamara Lechner, author of 'The Happiness Reset: What to Do When Nothing Makes You Happy', opened our eyes to small ways to incorporate positive mental shifts in your day to help with a happin…
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Society teaches us that aging makes you fragile, but don't believe it. Aging starts when movement and action slows down and stops. Maintaining daily activity can help with immune health, physical, psychological, social and mental health. Aim for 150 minutes/week of high intensity exercise to help with health. This equates to 2 1/2 hours per week or…
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In this festive season when family and friends all get together to celebrate the holidays, how do we ensure that we can keep our immune system strong? Tune in to hear Rob and Sandra discuss key elements for maximizing our immune health. Enjoying the show? Consider leaving a 5 star review (if you loved it!), and/or sharing this episode with your fri…
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There's so much Christmas baking and chocolate around during the holidays. Are there any snacks and appies that can be shared that are on the healthier side but don't lack flavour or interest? For your holiday gatherings, check out these top ten appies that you can contribute for the festive fun! Enjoying the show? Consider leaving a 5 star review …
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Not a morning person? Don't eat breakfast? Are you intermittent fasting for weight control? So many women, who are trying to lose weight do not break the fast with a morning meal, and subsequently struggle with weight management. Today, we discuss how intermittent fasting can affect men and women differently. Tune in....it's a good one! Enjoying th…
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With the frantic nature of the holiday season, it's important to think of people and families who are less fortunate and who rely on food banks for basic supplies and staples. Today, we discuss eleven types of non-perishable food items that would benefit the Christmas hampers. We reference our former interviews with Meredith Cushing, RD Ep 68 Earth…
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How does cooking on tour with rock stars relate to cooking in a home for elderly people with dementia? Well, our guest, chef John Desbiens, tells us stories of his culinary origins, which have led him to become a sought-after chef maestro for rock stars, and eventually, a cooking master for residents in dementia care. John's stories of cooking for …
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With the holiday season in full swing and only a few weeks left before the jolly old soul comes sliding down the chimney, there's plenty of festive celebrations for people to attend. It can be a challenging time for people who are trying to stay on a healthy track with all of the delicious holiday treats available. With today's ten tips, Sandra and…
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Today, we answer a listeners' questions: 1) What are some ways to fight overeating and binge cycles? 2) What are some ways to learn how to trust yourself with what and how to eat, so you don't fall into the cycle of calorie counting and binge eating behaviours? We had a comprehensive and compassionate discussion with an expert and pioneer in the di…
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