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June 23, 2011 by HealthyFamilies BC

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Welcome to the Healthy Families BC blog!

Our dietitians at Healthy Families BC are excited to talk with you about healthy eating and how to lead healthier lives! They live here and plan to touch on health issues that British Columbians face.

Registered dietitians Dean and Joanna are writing the first few blogs. Dean is a dietitian for HealthLink BC. He says he lives in a medium to large city located within the Cascadia region of the Pacific Northwest. We assure you he's in BC! Before he became a dietitian he completed a culinary apprenticeship at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in Calgary. Meantime, Joanna worked for ten years at HealthLink BC. The busy mom of two doesn't like to spend too much time in the kitchen and is always looking to make healthy but, easy meals! Our resident dietitian blogger is joining us within the coming, stay tuned!

Starting June 27th through the first week of August, we're teaming up with the news crew at Global BC to broadcast stories across the province! Registered dietitian and Global TV Morning News contributor Melodie Yong is hosting a segment that includes stories ranging from what sodium is to low sodium snacks for kids. So be sure to watch Global BC.

First up is Dean's blog...Is the Salt Shaker Guilty as Charged? You might be surprised when you hear what he has to say about sodium!

We're also happy to hear from you and what's on your mind. Who knows, maybe one of your ideas will be featured in our blog. Meantime, we're handing it over to Dean for a little salt 101...and to get our conversation going...enjoy!

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Posted on Monday June 27, 2011 a 10:58pm

Would love to see a post on gluten free eating.

s scott

Posted on Sunday July 3, 2011 a 12:35am

I saw the dietitian on Global TV speaking about sodium. I thought it was informative and well presented information.


Posted on Thursday July 14, 2011 a 5:49pm

I will not buy anything with MSG in it, but now it comes in different names. Why can the Food Agency not put a stop to MSG in foods. Campbells is one of the worse companies for having it in their products, but they still have the 'good for your heart' sign on the product.


Posted on Sunday December 18, 2011 a 3:26am

Hello! I'm new to this website. I have been living with three health issues , one since I was born to deal with the pitituary gland (i'm on hormones and cortisone), I have had open heart surgere 4 years ago, remove a growth and a pin size hole was there and they had to close it and it reopened after the surgery. During that time of surgery , I have been dealing with Chronic Kidney Disease for several years, and with the health traumas, the percentage function of kidneys went down. I'm not on dialysis yet! I've been maintaining a low sodium diet for about 5 years now. I have to say it's good thing I was raised by my Mom that is a great chef and baker with our European background. I can say I'm very inventive when it comes to my cooking and baking. I've learned to add flavor with herbs among other tools for cooking. If I want a pizza, I make my own whole wheat crust, with no sodium and add plenty of goat cheese, roasted garlic and grilled veggies. It's all about using local and fresh ingredients. I do treat myself once in a while to restaurant food, and I find it sometimes too salty, and that i need to go back to my food. I have to say I'm happy to see more low or no sodium products available in stores, like chicken stock, becel margarine, low sodium breat, cans of beans etc. It's getting there, along with more available gluten free products. I'm so used to by now to always check the sodium level of what I buy. It becomes a habit. I share my recipes with others. I know how to maintain the diet for low sodium, and low fat. I'm glad there is a site that has different eating difficulties being spoken about. Thanks for starting this blog and website. If anyone needs interesting low sodium recipes or name of products that they are not aware of. I would be happy to help.

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Posted on Wednesday December 21, 2011 a 6:01pm

It sounds like you are pretty savvy finding a balance with healthy eating and the reality of challenges in daily life eternalflowermoon. Getting used to lower amounts of sodium over time can definitely be a good thing, especially when it means exploring more flavours. I like your examples of how you have been creative doing just that (especially the roasted garlic, goat cheese pizza!). You also bring up a good point in that the number of lower sodium products is growing all the time and consumers like you are pushing that movement through informed choices. Soon, you will also be able to make restaurant choices with similar information through the Informed Dining program,
- Kenton


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