You may or may not have heard, but March is National Nutrition Month! Last week Wednesday was Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day in the U.S., and today I get to celebrate Canada’s Dietitians Day for the second time since becoming a dietitian! That being said, I thought this would be the perfect time to let you get a little more acquainted with what I had to do to become a registered dietitian.
In the future, I may dive more into the specifics of my day-to-day roles and responsibilities as a clinical dietitian, but I think it’s important to first acknowledge a question that I have been asked time and time again… What’s the difference between dietitians and nutritionists?
Lately I have been trying to be more intentional about meal planning. This is definitely an area our family hasn’t been the best at. However, when I do sit down for 15-20 minutes each week to plan meals and create a grocery list, I end up saving a lot of time and money. Otherwise it looks like one of three scenarios:
You may have already heard this, but it’s a good idea to include seafood and fish in your weekly menu — if you don’t do so already! Especially fish rich in the following omega-3 fatty acids: DHA (docosahexaeonic acid) and EPA (eicosapetaenoic acid). Research study upon research study have found that these omega fats play a significant role in protecting the heart and lowering risk of heart disease. Other studies have found that omega-3’s are critical in the development of a baby’s brain while in the womb. Moreover, some research has found that depressed patients may have low levels of DHA, and in some studies, these patients benefited from omega-3 supplementation reducing symptoms of depression.
That being said, how much fish should you be eating?
As I am writing this, I am on my third cold in the past two months. Unfortunately with the common cold, there’s not much a doctor can give you to get rid of the virus. You just have to wait it out. Rest up. And drink lots of fluids.
Are you like me and have been under the weather lately? There are a few lifestyle choices Harvard Medical School suggests to adopt for a healthy immune system:
While all nutrients play important roles in maintaining health, make sure to get enough of these five nutrients to give your immune system a boost:
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the shopping mall, bakeries and grocery stores are overflowing with flowers, cards, teddy bears, and chocolates. Along with it comes many candies and baked goods made with artificial food dyes. As a parent, I have become increasingly aware of artificial dyes’ presence in foods, and I know many of you are wondering whether these vibrant colours are safe for kids as well.
Here’s a little on what research is saying about artificial dyes. Keep in mind that this is nowhere near a comprehensive list of all the research out there on this subject.
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