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...
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!...