Dietitian Blog Page

Welcome to my dietitian blog! In it I will share news, tendencies, ideas, recipes, and more articles to keep you informed on nutrition, dietetics, and well-being.

 

Montreal Registered Dietitian Blog Author Janice Cohen, B.Sc., R.D. on the Basics of the Scarsdale diet

Basics of the Scarsdale Diet

In this article we’re going to talk about the Scarsdale diet. We'll learn what it is, how it works and why you should be consulting with a professional to do it right.

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Registered Dietitian Blog Author Janice Cohen, B.Sc., R.D., and Kids Prepare Healthy School Lunches

Five Simple Truths about School Lunches

Boy, do I have exciting news for you! Actually, it was exciting for me and I cannot but share it ASAP! In the end of July I was invited by Montreal Gazette to comment on a very sensitive topic for many many parents, i.e. how to get our children to eat their healthy nutritious school lunches.

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Registered Dietitian Blog Author Janice Cohen, B.Sc., R.D., on Groupon Montreal and Nutrition

Groupon Montreal and Nutrition

Daily deal sites like groupon.com offer great deals on fitness clubs and fitness classes, gyms and personal training sessions. It can be a really inexpensive way to explore and see which types of exercise suit your lifestyle, schedule and budget without a long term commitment.

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Registered Dietitian Blog Author Janice Cohen, B.Sc., R.D., on Fed Up Documentary Movie

Fed Up with Being Told You’re Fed up?

I recently watched the 2014 movie on food and nutrition “Fed Up” with Katie Couric as its executive producer and narrator and so I decided to share with you some of my thoughts on it. First, I would really like to recommend this movie to anyone who may wonder just how deeply big food industry has infiltrated our everyday life. Then, I would also recommend this movie to those who rely on low fat and low sugar products as a means of weight control.

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Registered Dietitian Blog Author Janice Cohen, B.Sc., R.D., on Kids and Weight

Kids and Weight

I have noticed that children are more aware of themselves and the body types of others starting at 5-6 years of age. They can identify a classmate who is „overweight“ or „out of shape“. Though the words they use may be harsher and more direct.

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Registered Dietitian Blog Author Janice Cohen, B.Sc., R.D., on What to Do in Montreal

What to Do in Montreal?

How many of you ask yourselves, “What on earth am I going to do with the kids today?” The first thing we do is google “what to do in Montreal” only to find a thousand things to do that are either too far away, interest only one family member, are too expensive or require advance registration.

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Registered Dietitian Blog Author Janice Cohen, B.Sc., R.D., on Changing Your Environment

Want to Change to Healthy Eating? Change Your Environment First!

In my opinion the hardest part to making healthy lifestyle changes is starting. The task seems enormous and we know changes have to be made but either do not know where to start or have no context.

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Registered Dietitian Blog Author Janice Cohen, B.Sc., R.D., on Credible Sources of Nutrition Information

Credible Sources of Nutrition Information

We are now convinced of the positive role that good nutrition has on our health and immune function. There is so much information available – some even conflicting – online, in the newspaper, on television and the radio. So the question becomes, where can we find trusted and credible sources of nutrition information?

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Registered Dietitian Blog Author Janice Cohen, B.Sc., R.D., on Getting Back to School Lunches

Back to School? Back to Lunch!

Mothers everywhere are rejoicing as their little ones head merrily off to their first day back to class… and yet there is a knot of anxiety that sits in the pit of one’s stomach as D day comes near…

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Registered Dietitian Blog Author Janice Cohen, B.Sc., R.D., on Benefits of Slow Cooker Recipes

Benefits of Slow Cooker Recipes

You know what a slow cooker is – this charming kitchen appliance that allows you to throw in some ingredients and then leave to work its magic. The magic is that it cooks for a few hours at a relatively low temperature without much attendance. “Voila”! – a fantastic dish for the whole family.

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Registered Dietitian Blog Author Janice Cohen, B.Sc., R.D., on Omega-3 - The Fatty Treasures

Omega-3 – The Fatty Treasures

Many of us have understood from health professionals that fats are unhealthy and should be avoided. But that was years ago. The nutritional science, like any other field, is constantly developing and research has proven that not all fats are made equal.

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Registered Dietitian Blog Author Janice Cohen, B.Sc., R.D., on Caloric Density of Common Foods

Caloric Density of Common Foods

It is truly shocking how little food you get today for so many calories. I’ve seen crackers 1×1 inch contain 90 calories for 4 units, 3 squares of dark chocolate commonly read 170 calories, 10 tortilla chips can skyrocket at 220 kcalories. For someone who is trying to watch their caloric intake it can be a nightmare navigating grocery stores or parties looking for palatable foods that contain a reasonable amount of volume per portion. Why? Because they are snack foods not sample foods – we don’t only consume four crackers at a time, our intake can be up to 10 times as many.

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Registered Dietitian Blog Author Janice Cohen, B.Sc., R.D., on After-Halloween Diet

After-Halloween Diet

So we’ve enjoyed the pre-Halloween pilferage, we’ve shamefully-guiltily dug into our kids loot bags, we’ve rummaged through the office candy supply. Now it’s time to breathe deeply, take stock (or stalk-as in celery stalk) of the damage and regroup.  Here are some tips to get your mind off the perpetual candy coaster:

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Registered Dietitian Blog Author Janice Cohen, B.Sc., R.D., on How to Choose a Nutritionist-Dietitian

How to Choose a Nutritionist-Dietitian

Let’s start by answering the question. What is the difference between a nutritionist and a registered dietitian? As defined by Dietitians of Canada on dietitians.ca, dietitians are:

• Health care professionals who have earned a Bachelor’s degree specializing in food and nutrition and have completed supervised practical training through a university program or an approved hospital or community setting.

• Dietitians must be registered with Provincial Regulatory Bodies and are the only professionals who can use the titles “Registered Dietitian”, “Professional Dietitian” and “Dietitian”.

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Registered Dietitian Blog Author Janice Cohen, B.Sc., R.D., on How to Diet

How to Diet

There is no one single way to diet. It is usually a combination of education, motivation and accountability. Call them what you like … diet plans, meal plans, or eating plans. It is very important to choose one that suits your lifestyle. If you choose a plan that is too complicated, too expensive to follow or involves a lot of planning there is a good chance that your level of consistency and compliance will decrease in a very short time frame.

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Registered Dietitian Blog Author Janice Cohen, B.Sc., R.D.'s Nutrition Quiz

Ready for a Nutrition Change?

Regardless of whether you have set a list of very specific goals or you are just probing for options, our Readiness and Motivation to Change Questionnaire will give you a clearer idea of where you stand on your path to weight loss and personal well-being. Answer the questions below honestly, sum up the corresponding number of points and find out your result and our suggestions for further action. And, of course, have fun while doing all this.

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Registered Dietitian Blog Author Janice Cohen, B.Sc., R.D., on How Relationships Can Make Us Fat

Relationships Make Us Fat?

We know it’s a funny-sounding title, but it got your attention, right? And do not think this post is about getting depressed after a break up and eating all the ice cream and chocolate in the world. No, this is simply an article about how the people we love, despite their best intentions, may influence our eating habits and put obstacles on our way to healthy eating and weight management.

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Registered Dietitian Blog Author Janice Cohen, B.Sc., R.D., on Having a Healthy Dinner Out

Healthy Dinner Out – Mission Is Possible

Probably a lot of you are well aware of the fact that an average dinner out could easily add 2000-3000 calories above your daily recommendations! Or, if you didn’t know this, at least you have had some related concerns.

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Registered Dietitian Blog Author Janice Cohen, B.Sc., R.D., on 10 Diet Rules You Can Break

10 Diet Rules You Can Break!

The world of diets and nutrition programs is full of various rules, commandments, advice, and all sorts of tips and hints which should supposedly help you lose weight faster and easier. Well, while there are lots of valid guidelines, there are also some absolutely false assumptions out there.

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