the whole 30 – a Dietitian’s review

whole 30 review dietitian

I get asked about the Whole 30 diet on a regular basis. I guess it’s pretty popular? About time I let you know what this dietitian thinks! what is the whole 30? Founders Melissa and Dallas Hartwig have put together a strict elimination diet that you’re supposed to follow for 30 days. And when I say strict, I mean strict. They even go so far as to say “Don’t even consider the possibility of a “slip.” If you accidentally eat something on the “avoid” list, you’re required to restart back at day one. Ouch. The aim of the diet is to “put … Read More

what the health review – the good, the bad, and the ugly

what the health review

Don’t ask a dietitian to watch the latest popular food documentary. It’s bad for our blood pressure. I knew this already, but I couldn’t stop myself from writing a What the Health review. what the health review – the good Every scare piece has something good in it, a slice of truth that the filmmakers can hang their hat on and spin their lies around. So here’s the element of truth behind What the Health: most of us should eat less meat and more plants. what the health review – the bad I just wish documentary makers could figure out … Read More

is coconut oil healthy: an overly complex answer to an overly-simplified question

is coconut oil healthy

Is coconut oil healthy? Well… nutrition science is complex… End of story. G’day.  Just kidding. But really, the study of nutrition is still relatively young and incomplete. So if you’re wondering if coconut oil is healthy, the short answer is: we don’t really know enough yet. That may be frustrating to hear, so allow me to make excuses for my chosen field of practice, and give you the longer answer to your question about coconut oil. why nutritional science doesn’t know enough Nutritional studies are modelled after pharmaceutical (drug) studies. When researchers study drugs, things remain relatively simple. They have … Read More

is powdered peanut butter healthy?

powdered peanut butter

Powdered peanut butter is all the rage! But should it be? When I first heard about this powdered PB I thought it was just a clever invention for astronauts and backpackers. Then I started to see it pop up on Instagram. Regular, everyday people were eating this stuff in their regular, everyday lives. Like, with full gravity… in their kitchen! So I needed to explore why this was happening. I didn’t have to look far. The main reason people like powdered peanut butter is plastered in big bold letters right on the jar. “85% less fat calories than traditional peanut butter” … Read More

veggie straws: are they a healthy choice?

Let’s talk Veggie Straws! On the surface they sound like a healthier snack option, don’t they? I mean they have the word VEGGIE in the title and they’re so light and airy and a serving is 68 straws! Sounds amazing! But are they really? I decided to see how they stack up to other chips. I had tortilla chips in my house so that’s what I used as a comparison. Veggie straws take up the same volume as tortilla chips At first it sounds like you’re getting a HUGE snack with a serving of veggie straws: 68 pieces! But when you compare … Read More

Canada’s new food labels…everything you need to know (including what you can ignore)

Health Canada recently announced changes to the food labels found on packaged foods in Canada. These changes are super helpful for consumers!  Don’t worry, I’ll explain how. But first let me complain a bit about how long it will take for these changes to take effect. Unfortunately for us, food companies have five years to implement the mandatory changes. So by the time they all get on board it will probably be time to revise the rules again! #WhySoSlow skyrocketing usefulness for Canada’s food labels As you can see, the appearance of the nutrition facts hasn’t changed too much.  Photo source: healthycanadians.gc.ca But the … Read More

6 dangers of calorie counting (and how to avoid them)

6 dangers of calorie counting

It might surprise you to hear that I, a Dietitian, am not a huge fan of calorie counting. It’s not one of my recommended techniques for managing weight.  It might also relieve you to hear this, if you’ve had a bad experience with counting calories, or you’ve been thinking about doing it! Don’t get me wrong… some people enjoy the process of logging and calculating everything they eat and do. New technology is making this easier and more enjoyable, too. If you enjoy it, and it works for you, go ahead and do it. But most people simply don’t have the time or patience for it. The … Read More