Category: Nutrition

Intermittent Fasting and Weight Loss

Another post by our resident RD, Susan Macfarlene, this time tackling the sometimes controversial topic of intermittent fasting and weight loss: Fasting has been an integral part of many different religions for centuries. Fasting has gained popularity more recently among scientists and weight-loss enthusiasts alike for its touted benefits of improving insulin sensitivity, delaying aging,

Cronometer: The Nutrition Super Tracker

Cronometer: The Nutrition Super Tracker The USDA will no longer offer food and physical activity tracking through SuperTracker, leaving current users looking for an alternative. Cronometer has garnered a reputation with fitness and nutrition experts as the most detailed and flexible nutrition tracking software available. Find out how Cronometer compares with SuperTracker and how to

Introducing Solids to Babies: 6 – 12 months

In this guest post, Susan Macfarlene discusses weaning baby along with how and when to introduce solid foods. Introducing solids to your little one can be a time of great excitement and even greater angst. Nutrition myths and misinformation abound online, and many parents feel pressure to feed their child a “perfect diet” (which, by

Everything you Need to Know about Eating Plant-based: Part 2

Another post by our expert registered dietitian, Susan McFarlane. In this part 2 of the series, Susan continues discussion of plant-based food while getting all your required nutrients: Last month, I answered your burning questions related plant-based eating and nutrition. This month, I want to continue the discussion and provide clarity and guidance around some

How to Meal Plan Like a Dietitian in 5 Simple Steps

While many people aspire to create a healthy meal plan each week, few are successful at doing so, citing a lack of time, not knowing where to start, and confusion over what constitutes a healthy meal. Additionally, many people believe that meal planning requires hours of work, extensive nutrition knowledge, and elaborate cooking skills. In

Volumetrics: The Missing Key to Weight Loss

When it comes to losing weight, most people understand that it is necessary to burn more calories than what you consume. However, they are reluctant to place restrictions on calorie intake out of fear that they will be left feeling hungry and deprived (which as stated in a previous post, can sabotage weight loss efforts).

Everything you Need to Know about Eating Plant-based: Part 1

Another post by our expert registered dietitian, Susan McFarlane. In this 2 part series, Susan covers eating plant-based food while getting all your required nutrients. Interest in plant-based eating has never been greater, with an increased number of celebrities and professional athletes swapping their bacon and eggs for beans and tofu. As a dietitian and

Understanding cronometer.com ratios – PRAL

Another post by our expert registered dietitian, Susan McFarlane. This time, Susan tackles PRAL centered/alkaline diets and the science behind them. Potential Renal Acid Load (PRAL) Alkalinity Although it’s popularity has waned in favour of more recent dietary trends, the alkaline diet continues to be touted by many as the key to preventing disease and

The Key to Successful Weight Loss

Another post by our expert registered dietitian, Susan McFarlane. This time, Susan tackles the tricky subjects of hunger, satiety and the factors that contribute to them. When it comes to successful weight loss, there is no magic pill, powder, or potion that will give you results you want without requiring you to make significant and

How to Stay on Track during the Holidays

Another guest post from Susan Macfarlane, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist utilizing cronometer.com to help run a busy private practice in Ontario, discussing the challenge of healthy eating during the holidays.   There’s a reason most people set health and fitness goals after the holidays; changing or maintaining your health habits is difficult to do in the