I had big plans to finish writing an eloquent blog post laced with science … and then the reality motherhood hit (hard) after my 5 am alarm clock was bumped up to 3 am and changed from a nice melody to persistent cries…oh baby girl. So instead you get my reflections on Pi day.
Yes, I know that Pi day is not Pie day, however I also recognize the sentiment to celebrate by eating pie. Why eat pie on Pi day? Well, pies do come in circular form giving it both a circumference and diameter and hence is a relation to pi; however, I think that we really just look for reasons to indulge in sweet treats and fond memories!
I have a very personal relationship with pie. My husband and I met when we were in grade 9, and since neither of us had a driver’s license when we first started dating a year later, we ended up making a homemade apple pie on our first date. This led to the delicious tradition of making scratch pies together, a new variety (almost) every time. I like to think this date be...
I am SO excited to start a collection of posts called “Lets Talk! Nutrition and _______”! I have been thinking about this idea for a long time, inspired to provide reliable and accessible information on the science of nutrition to equip people to critically think through what they read and hear about food. Here and in future “Let’s Talk” posts, you can expect several truths that are often overlooked.
What better place to start than Calories! Yes, the “c” is capitalized; the full term for Calories with respect to food is kilocalories, which is just a mouthful to say!
Calories are counted, feared, cut, bashed, and used as the basis for food choices, but would this be different if you knew what a Calorie actually is? The term Calorie originates from the early 1800’s in France and was used to measure heat in chemistry, physics, and engineering, with its first appearance in medical text books in 1894¹ – fascinating! What this means is that a Calorie is NOT something physical, but rather th...
Sugar. One word, yet it elicits a wide range of complex emotions. Joy. Celebration. Pleasure. Defeat. Guilt. Shame. Which emotions do you associate with sugar? How is it that this one word has the power to grip us?
My guess is that you are asking “why should I listen to you over the astronomical amount of nutrition information I am bombarded with daily”? Ok, maybe in fewer words, but let me answer by telling you who I am and my stance on nutrition.
· A Registered Dietitian. That means I have a University degree in Human Nutrition, completed internship, and am accountable to a professional college.
· Fascinated with nutrition because we are constantly learning, which means what we know now will continue to evolve. My mission is to provide you with the most accurate story that we know, not experiential claims or agenda-driven statements.
· Passionate about informed choice and health promotion. I believe that you need reliable information to make health choices. However, we also need to act together to create an environment that supports healthy choices and makes health accessible to all.