This time of year, meal planning is top of mind for many people looking to “get back on track”, “eat healthier”, or achieve other nutrition and health goals. Most of us know the many benefits of meal planning – it can save us time, money, stress, and help us to eat in a more balanced way! And yet, many of us struggle with this important task. It’s tedious and time consuming, it’s hard to come up with new and exciting recipes, managing family members’ preferences and picky eaters is difficult, maybe you just don’t really know where to start! Continue reading “Meal Planning Basics – What’s your Style?”
Muffins can be a great choice for part of your breakfast, lunchbox, or a snack, but the kind that you get at the grocery store or coffee shop are usually just “meh”. They look way better than they taste, cost way more money than they’re worth, and usually don’t pack much in the nutrition department. That’s why I love making my own! Continue reading “Apple, Carrot and Coconut Muffins (aka Sunrise Muffins)”
Once upon a time, I worked at Weight Watchers as a meeting leader. I facilitated weekly meetings and taught people how to count their points, choose these foods over those, and watch the weight fall off with diet and lifestyle changes. I truly did believe in the program, and my personal experience with them was positive – as far as weight loss programs go, it remains one of the few that I feel to be evidence based and not fear mongering. But make no mistake, it is a WEIGHT LOSS program, not a weight management program, not a behaviour change program, and not an intuitive eating/HAES program like Oprah and it’s name change to remove the word “weight” would have you believe.
One of the first foods that is commonly recommended for babies starting solids is fortified baby cereal. Babies have very high iron requirements from 6-12 months, making this fortified cereal an easy way to get iron into babies being spoon fed. But what about parents who choose to start solids with baby led weaning? Or, what about those spoon-fed babies who are starting to transition to finger foods? Believe it or not, that baby cereal can be used in a lot of creative ways to support your growing baby all the way through to toddlerhood.
This post is the fourth in a series about our experience of living with food allergies. Today I’ll share our experience moving up the “egg ladder” over the last year and our next steps. Continue reading “Our Journey with Food Allergies – A new reality”