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May 10, 2017

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"I can't keep chocolate (or chips, candy, cookies.....) in the house because then I'll eat it all." Does this statement resonate with you? I have this conversation with people all the time. I used to be one of those people. Here's the thing though- this is one of those things that's actually reinforcing your feeling out-of-control around food.

I want you to think about the last time you went on a 'diet' or started a 'lifestyle change' that restricted what you could eat. Now I want you to think about w...

Okay everyone, today I'm talking about periods and menstruation. Why is a dietitian talking about this you ask? I'm talking about it because women are made to feel fearful about our eating, especially around our periods. When we are more hungry before our period, also known as 'that time of the month,' or however you want to say it, we might think it's all in our head, we're using it as an excuse, or we just try to suffer through it and ignore our hunger.

Here's the thing though- your energy needs are...

As a dietitian who believes all foods fit, I'm not exactly what people expect when they hear the word "dietitian." When people find out what my profession is while they're eating, they often try to hide any treats they may be eating or say something along the lines of "don't look at what I'm eating!"  I would like to say that you don't have to make an excuse or hide what you're eating- I promise you, I'm not judging you for what you're eating. Most dietitians aren't either.

Before I went into pri...

Nutrition can seem confusing. One day a food is called good for you, the next day it's not in the media. There is one factor that rarely seems to be in question though: eating vegetables are good for you, right? Except on this one diet that says carrots have too much sugar.... and peas too... oh and don't even get started on fruit.... 

This is one thing that I find so frustrating in the nutrition world. Only 1 in 4 Canadians get the minimum recommended 5 servings of vegetables and fruits per day and i...

As some of you may know, March is Nutrition Month! This year's theme is 'Take the Fight out of Food!" Today I'm going to be discussing eating to cope with emotions- something that can make it feel like you're in a never-ending battle with food!

When it comes to discussing eating to cope with emotions, the first thing that gets discussed is what to do instead. Often there is a discussion of taking a bath, reading a book, going for a walk, etc. The problem with this way of thinking is it isn't addressin...

February 15, 2017

It's a phrase I hear a lot when I speak to people- "I'm addicted to sugar" or "I'm addicted to chocolate." Sometimes people really mean this phrase and sometimes they just mean they eat more of these foods than they think they 'should.' A few years ago, a book came out on the subject called Food Junkies, which after hearing about it I picked up and read right away. I'll admit I was intrigued by the idea- was this what was really going on with so many of my clients? Is the solution to really just cut...

February 7, 2017

Today I want to talk about the approach healthcare takes for helping people manage chronic diseases like diabetes. Recently, I met a healthcare practitioner and we were talking about our prospective fields. I told her that I had worked in Chronic Disease Management for a long time, including diabetes and obesity and that I was currently doing a lot of training in treating eating disorders and Intuitive Eating and now worked from a Health At Every Size® framework. Her reaction was something I wouldn't...

January 17, 2017

Just like many of us have an unhealthy relationship with food, the same can be said about exercise. I can't even count the number of times I've spoken to clients who profess their absolute hatred for the activity they're doing in the name of managing their weight. The thing is that exercise isn't something that you should force yourself to do in the name of calorie burning and weight loss! Movement has SO many benefits ranging from lowering blood pressure to improving your sleep but the weight loss e...

October 7, 2016

With Monday being Thanksgiving, the holiday season is officially upon us! I love the holidays with the gathering of family and friends but the food situation ca

October 4, 2016

Sleep is usually one of the first things I discuss with clients, who usually give me a weird look since there isn't an obvious connection to food and health. H

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KATHLEEN HERNDER RD, CDE

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