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Jun
21
2018

My Freeze-Drying Adventures

Wendy Busse Wendy Busse is a registered dietitian and nationally recognized expert in food sensitivity nutrition care. She helps food sensitive clients expand their diet and enjoy nourishing meals. Connect with Wendy at www.wendybusse.com or @WendyBusseRD.

I have been keenly interested in food preservation and making “ready-to-go-meals” for as long as I can remember. Both personally and professionally, I was a strong advocate for freezing meals, dehydrating and vacuum sealing. When I heard about home freeze-dryers that combine all three, I had to have one. The first step was convincing my family that I needed to purchase another kitchen appliance! I have been freeze drying for a few months, and it has been a steep learning curve, but a lot of fun. continue reading

May
31
2017

Critical Creative Thinking: the Difference Between Surviving and Thriving for Dietetics

A theoretical and practical look at how critical creative thinking can enhance dietetic practice. 


Gurneet-Dhami.jpg Gurneet Dhami is a nutrition graduate from Ryerson University's BASc and is in pursuit of her MSc AHN at Mount Saint Vincent University in Fall 2017. She enjoys taking part in a wide range of professional development activities and traveling around Toronto for the next big thing. Gurneet's interest revolves around the social determinants of health, and how it impacts individual livelihoods. In tune with Canada's 150th, she hopes to critically explore dietetic diversity in her thesis and professional work. Connect with Gurneet on LinkedIn or email at gurneet.dhami@ryerson.ca .
 
Jennifer-Brady.jpgJennifer Brady is an Assistant Professor in Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University. Her work draws on feminist and critical social theory to explore the history of the dietetic profession in Canada and the role of dietitians in social justice advocacy. She is working on publishing her recently completed dissertation, Trading the Apron for the White Lab Coat: A Contemporary History of Dietetics in Canada, 1954 to 2016.


It is likely that most of us appreciate the importance of critical thinking to our practice, but have you thought about how critical thinking applies to your practice or about the importance of creativity? Researchers who study critical thinking have increasingly recognized the important relationship between critical and creative thinking, and have developed the term “critical creative thinking” to acknowledge their mutual importance and interdependence. According to researchers, critical creative thinking includes skill-based know how, but also an open-mind and a willingness to think in ways that may not be familiar or to risk being unsettled by the process. Critical creative thinking has also been connected to the growing need for health care practitioners, including dietitians, to engage as change makers in many of the social and political issues that impact food, nutrition, and health. continue reading
 
 
Mar
09
2017

Engage, innovate & collaborate: Key ingredients to healthier food in recreational facilities

A dietitian from Alberta shares how to get heathier food into your recreational facility. 

 

AH-HS1.jpgAshley Hughes is a registered dietitian with the Centre for Health and Nutrition at the University of Alberta and the National Stop Marketing to Kids Coalition. She supported the Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention (APCCP) with the coordination of the Food Action in Recreation Environments (FARE) project from May through November 2016. Her professional career as a dietitian coaching families to make healthy wholesome choices sparked an interest in the role environments play on our health! Ashley enjoys spending time outdoors vegetable gardening, trying a new recipe or reinventing an old favorite, and biking with her husband in her community. Get in touch with Ashley via email, or check her out on LinkedIn and Twitter.


Throughout the summer and fall of last year, I was immersed in a novel project that has opened my eyes to the important role dietitians can play as advocates for policy change. We can help shape supportive food environments in our communities – and provide the next generation with a greater opportunity for health through food and nutrition.
 
In May 2016, I joined the Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention (Coalition) to aid the coordination of the Food Action in Recreation Environments Project (FARE). The project hit the ground in early 2015, with 18 member organizations committing to take collective action on a blatant yet often unspoken irony – the overwhelming presence of calorie-laden processed foods and sugary drinks in recreational facilities. continue reading

 
Aug
18
2016

Publishing a cookbook: Answers to your top questions

Published author Cara Rosenbloom dishes secrets that may help get your cookbook to market.


CR-HS1.jpgCara Rosenbloom, RD is the owner of Words to Eat By, a nutrition communications company based in Toronto. As a seasoned writer and nutrition educator, Cara is a regular contributor to the Washington Post, Today’s Parent, Food and Nutrition Magazine, and many other publications. She’s sought after as a keynote speaker and TV personality, and has appeared on Breakfast Television, Canada AM, CTV News, The Morning Show, and many other programs. Her first book, Nourish: Whole Food Recipes featuring Seeds, Nuts and Beans, launched in March 2016 and recently became a best-seller. Find Cara on Twitter @cararosenbloom, on her Facebook page WordstoEatBy, or on Instagram

My first cookbook, Nourish: Whole Food Recipes featuring Seeds, Nuts and Beans, was co-authored with Chef Nettie Cronish. The cookbook features 100 expertly crafted and tested recipes with tidbits of practical nutrition advice dispersed throughout.

To share some insights about book publishing, I co-presented the “Cookbooks 101” session at the Dietitians of Canada 2016 National Conference with literary agent Sally Ekus. We discussed how to properly write recipes and collect your work into a formal book proposal for publishers. 

Since the session, I’ve been pleasantly surprised to receive many questions from dietitians about the publishing process. continue reading
Apr
28
2016

Strength in numbers: How SickKids tackled Nutrition Month 2016

Two interns from SickKids Hospital collaborate with a number of different departments to organize an exciting Nutrition Month for staff, volunteers, and the public. 


Mara_HS1.jpgMara Alexanian-Farr is a dietetic intern at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.  She completed her MSc in Human Health & Nutritional Sciences from the University of Guelph. Mara was one of the interns that organized Nutrition Month events for SickKids, alongside the wellness program for hospital staff and volunteers. You can contact her by email at mara.alexfarr@gmail.com.

 
CSmithHS1.jpgClarissa Smith completed a Bachelor of Science at Memorial University, followed by her Bachelor of Science in Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University. She is currently a dietetic intern at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. For her population and public health rotation during her internship, Clarissa and her co-intern worked with the wellness program at SickKids to plan Nutrition Month activities. To contact Clarissa, please email her at clarissasmith230@gmail.com.
 

As nutrition professionals, we like to think that everyone gets as excited as we do about an entire month dedicated to nutrition and health. But, in reality, empowering and engaging others during Nutrition Month this March proved to be a challenging undertaking.

When initially faced with the task, it seemed daunting. Where do you start? Luckily, planning Nutrition Month at SickKids is a team effort, with input and help from many different people and departments. continue reading
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