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How to Cook Fiddleheads

April 24, 2018 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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How to Cook Fiddleheads

Picking wild berries is a favourite summer past-time of many British Columbians. Foraging for mushrooms is becoming more popular, too. But have you ever heard of foraging for fiddleheads?

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Are Raw Vegetables Better for You?

April 10, 2018 by HealthyFamilies BC | Posted in: Food & Nutrition, Vegetables and Fruit | Tags:

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Are raw vegetables better for you than cooked?

There has been a lot of attention on the health benefits of raw food diets lately. Raw food diets are those made up of mostly vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds that are eaten fresh or prepared with little cooking.

Promoters of raw food diets claim that cooking destroys important nutrients found in these foods, which lowers their health benefits. Raw foods can be part of a healthy and well-balanced diet, but do these claims really stand up when it comes to cooking vegetables?

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Supporting Food Banks with Healthy Food

April 3, 2018 by Catherine Atchison, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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Healthy food for food banks

A few weeks ago, I read an article in my local paper about a student food drive that donated over 100kg of food to the food bank. It was a great reminder that food bank donations are needed and welcome twelve months a year. Last year, over 100,000 people in BC accessed food banks, and almost a third were children.

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What is Overtraining and How to Avoid It

March 29, 2018 by Normand Richard, Certified Exercise Physiologist | Posted in: Physical Activity | Tags:

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What is Overtraining and How to Avoid It

Have you ever heard the term “everything in moderation”? It can apply to many aspects of life, and can also differ from one person to another.

In terms of physical activity, generally speaking, the more the better. However, it is very important to balance activity with enough rest. For some people, when their activity levels are not paired with enough rest, it can result in what’s known as overtraining.

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Health Canada Food Label Changes: Have Your Say

March 27, 2018 by Joanna Drake, Registered Dietitian | Posted in: Food & Nutrition | Tags:

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Health Canada Food Label Changes

Last week, my 9-year-old and I got into a disagreement about breakfast cereal while grocery shopping. I’ll leave it to your imagination which one he picked out, but I wasn’t buying it. “What’s too high in sugar?” he wanted to know. I tried to offer a brief tutorial on how to use the percent daily value (% DV) and show him that “sugar” was second in the ingredient list (which means it’s the second most used ingredient in the food.) His eyes glazed over. He told me that I was being “all dietitian-y again.”

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