Dieticians Blog


11 REASONS THAT ‘BREAST IS BEST!’

World Breastfeeding week is annually celebrated from the 1st to 7th of August to raise awareness of the health benefits of breastfeeding, as well as to encourage breastfeeding and improve the health of babies. World Breastfeeding Week commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Innocenti in August 1990. Government policymakers as well as various ...


8 Reasons To Love Legumes

Legumes are any plants (as well as their fruits or seeds) that are part of the Fabacaeae or Leguminosae plant family. Legumes (also known as pulses) are a group of plant foods that also have substantial amounts of protein, therefore making them a worthy replacement for meat and or animal products in vegetarian or vegan ...


Sleep Better At Night By Including These Three Foods

Many foods contain naturally occurring substances that bring on sleep. Getting good sleep is incredibly important for your overall health. It may reduce your risk of developing certain chronic illnesses, keep your brain and digestive system healthy and boost your immune system. It’s generally recommended to get between 7 and 9 hours (this amount seems ...


Sleep Better At Night By Avoiding These Three Foods

There are many tips and tricks that you can implement to help you get to sleep every night. Many of them come in the form of practicing a good night time routine, which are basic habits that one can apply to their nightly routines that promote getting great sleep at night. One of the most ...


What Does Vitamin C Really Do?

Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. Humans, unlike most animals, are unable to synthesize vitamin C endogenously, so it is an essential dietary component. Basially, you can’t make it inside your body, you need ...


WHAT ARE RDAs, DAILY VALUES AND DRIs?

To some these might be very foreign terms. Did you know from 1941 to 1989, the Institute of Medicine’s Food and Nutrition Board (FNB) released the Recommended Dietary Allowances or RDAs. The RDAs are a single set of nutrient specific values. During deliberations in the mid-1990’s, the FNB decided to replace this single set of ...


A DOSE OF VITAMIN C

Because vitamin C is water-soluble, and the human body doesn’t make it on its own, we have to continually replenish it in our system. So here is a smoothie to help you boost your vitamin c intake this winter. You can always add additional fruits and veggies according to your taste or what you have ...


7 FOOD SOURCES WITH MORE VITAMIN C THAN AN ORANGE

When you think of vitamin C, we all inevitably think of oranges. But what if I told you those oranges are actually quite average on the vitamin C scale compared to other fruits and veggies? There is about 53.2mg of vitamin C in a 100g of orange (which is important to keep in mind as ...


5 Practical Steps To “Weight Loss” Success

Unfortunately obesity is becoming an international epidemic.  We are consuming more processed, refined and sugary foods than before and it is definitely taking its toll – both on our health and our waistlines.   In order to lose weight, you need to consume less calories than you expend.  This can be done by either consuming fewer calories ...


6 WAYS TO INCREASE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY NOW

INTRODUCTION In my previous blog I spoke a lot about the importance of physical activity is achieving and sustaining successful weight-loss. In so doing we have covered the question as to why exercise is necessary. In this blog we are going to tackle what adequate physical activity is and how we are going to achieve this. WHAT ...


5 Reasons Why Physical Activity Is Vital for A Fit Healthy Body

I’m already on a diet… Does that mean I still have to exercise as well? INTRODUCTION A common question I get from patients is if exercise or increased physical activity is really necessary in the whole process of healthy living. Without hesitation the answer is always: YES! Many people see exercise as an uncomfortable experience that requires a ...


Seasons Greetings

I’m sure you have heard this statement before: “Eat with the seasons”. But why should we eat seasonally? Well, there are numerous reasons to eat with the seasons. The first reason being, abundance and of course the fact that in season produce costs much less and it is more readily available and did not have to ...