MyFitnessPal is a handy smartphone app that we have recommended to many of our clients. It's very useful to track a person's dietary intake and it offers instant feedback - a pie chart graph showing macronutrient ratios (% protein, %carbohydrate, % fat). The app also tallies calories although we as Nutritional Therapy Practitioners steer away from calorie counting. The big nutrition picture of a client is best summarized by the amounts (by percentage) of the macronutrients they consume.
Clients may embark on different diets based on their bio-individuality. For example: The High Fat, Low Carb diet my be beneficial for some. In this case, the advantage of knowing the proportion of macronutrients allows us to make appropriate dietary changes. If the fat ratio is too low then the person knows to add good fats when dishing up their meals!
Now after introducing you to this easy food & nutrition application please be advised of the follo...
Just like your car needs a tune-up, from time to time the body needs one too.
How can you make changes though if you don't know where to begin? Is the latest diet really right for you?
Everyone wants to get into shape, shed pounds and eat healthier but each person is unique and needs to know exactly where their own focus begins.
As Nutritional Therapy practitioners (NTP’s) we have a host of nutritional assessment tools in our tool box. Our favorite one is the Nutritional Assessment questionnaire (NAQ) - a very powerful tool to help us identify areas within the body that need to be addressed.
The feedback from a client’s questionnaire is computer-plotted into 15 different categories from Upper Gastrointestinal (G.I) to Immune System. Once the priorities on the graph are identified, and other assessments considered, we as NTP’s can develop a customized plan for the client.
This is a client’s Symptom Burden Graph showing progress between April and June. The red lin...
I started writing this article back in October when my Thanksgiving Brussels sprouts were unusually bitter.
Brussels sprouts are a staple in my winter vegetable garden.
The bitter flavor is concentrated in the
centre core of the Brussels sprouts and one day I conducted a taste test trying different methods to see if the bitterness could be reduced. Even when the centre core was removed, they were still on the bitter side. I even tried brining them (brining always makes things taste better), but that didn’t help improve the flavour.
Recently, I was at the Vancouver Winter Farmer’s Market and mentioned this problem to one of the local vendors. It turns out that Brussels sprouts need cool temperatures to sweeten them and it wasn’t until mid November that we had frost and mid December before we has a long cold snap. The colder weather transformed the little beauties. Magically, the flavour softened and they became absolutely delicious!...
Our lovely 70 year old Birch tree is battling a persistent Birch Borer pest. To help combat this, we are doing some extra fall watering in order to reduce the winter stress of dehydration- a phenomenon experienced by many living things in the winter - including us humans!
As Nutritional Therapists, we take a holistic approach to health. Hydration is one of the five foundations that guide us in our quest to support a client's health.
DEHYDRATION IS CHRONIC IN OUR SOCIETY
Where's the water?
In North America, Dehydration is the most common nutritional deficiency!
Well, we think we are drinking enough liquids but some of these are simply adding to our water loss. It is a misconception that beverages like tea, coffee, fruit juice, alcohol, some sports drinks and sodas are hydrating for our bodies. The opposite is true. These liquids (some of which are tasty) are dehydrating and can be classified as diuretics. Diuretics by definition are substances that stimulate t...
Cozy up to Fall with a batch of Pumpkin Pie Smoothie. Cashews blended with pumpkin puree, almond butter, and coconut oil produce a velvety texture. Chai spice tea and fresh raw ginger are warming with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant benefits. Stay bundled with this good source of vitamin A, potassium, magnesium, protein and healthy fats.