Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID): How does it differ from other eating disorders?  

As a Registered Dietitian that specializes in disordered eating, I see a wide variety of clients (both male and female and of varying ages) that struggle with food. While you have likely heard of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, how much do you know about ARFID? What is ARFID? ARFID stands for Avoidant/Restrictive Food … Continue reading Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID): How does it differ from other eating disorders?  

Greek Chicken Skewers

Our family has been making this recipe for years! It's still one of my favourite recipes served with Greek salad, Tzatziki sauce and warm pita! Ingredients: 4-5 large chicken breasts cut into 1 inch cubes Marinade: 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 Tbsp liquid honey 1 Tbsp avocado or canola oil 1 Tbsp dry oregano (or … Continue reading Greek Chicken Skewers

Cilantro Lime Chicken Bowls

An easy family-friendly recipe that won't disappoint!  Either dish out bowls or take a "build-your-own" approach and place all the ingredients out for your family to decide!  (FYI: If you are looking for a different homemade salad dressing - try this dressing recipe - it's my favourite!) Ingredients for Marinade and Dressing: 1/2 cup               … Continue reading Cilantro Lime Chicken Bowls

Wild Game Nutrition

I'll be honest, I actually didn't even like the taste of meat growing up... let alone experimenting with eating wild game.  As an adult, learning to cook and season meat to my preferences has helped me to now enjoy meat dishes but I do love some meatless meals as well. After getting married, my husband … Continue reading Wild Game Nutrition

When is Mindful Eating an effective strategy for Eating Disorders?

Mindful Eating is often promoted and supported in the treatment of eating disorders.  It is important to point out though that the majority of research and evidence for mindful eating has been focused on overeating, bulimia and binge eating disorder (BED).  Very few studies have looked at mindful eating and anorexia or other restrictive types … Continue reading When is Mindful Eating an effective strategy for Eating Disorders?

SKIP The Resolutions

Why commit to unrealistic short-term resolutions when they aren’t going to last? Here are some Red Flags that your resolution may not be suitable or effective for benefiting your health. Your Resolution may not be a great choice if it:    Makes you feel deprived. Ie. A fad diet.  It can fail because you really … Continue reading SKIP The Resolutions

Is Eliminating World Hunger Possible?

In honor of World Food Day, I felt inspired to write about something near and dear to my heart – World Hunger. World Food Day promotes awareness and action for eliminating world hunger, ensuring food security and access to nutritious diets for everyone.  The FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) actually has … Continue reading Is Eliminating World Hunger Possible?

Are your meals a time of Connection or Dysfunction?

Connection:Food is much more than nourishment.  Sharing food is also about human connection. Some of my favourite memories are sharing meals with friends and family. Like many families we have a very busy schedule with my husband's irregular working hours and my boy's swimming schedule so mealtimes are not always shared.  However, knowing the importance … Continue reading Are your meals a time of Connection or Dysfunction?

Easter Blessings – Food for the Soul

This Easter weekend I returned to my Ukrainian roots and took part in the Blessing of Easter baskets.  Easter and the Holy Week leading up to it, has always been a very special time of year for me.  Growing up in the Ukrainian Catholic faith, we had so many faith-filled traditions with deep-rooted meaning and … Continue reading Easter Blessings – Food for the Soul

Nutrition Fail – My 1st Marathon

I’m sharing this personal experience with hopes that it might save someone from the mistake I made… On May 27, 2012 I ran my first full marathon.  My goal was sub 4 hours which I thought was reasonable for being a busy mom of 3 young boys.  I followed a training plan and ran the … Continue reading Nutrition Fail – My 1st Marathon