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How Prebiotics Help Gut Health

How Prebiotics Help Gut Health

Do you take a probiotic for gut health every day? Let me stop you righttttt there. While probiotics may be helpful in managing specific conditions – what REALLY matters when it comes to gut health are ‘prebiotics’. See the difference there? Pre, versus Pro. Many of you may know that probiotics are living bacteria. However, when I say the word ‘pre’biotic – people often give me a funny look. No, I’m not just pronouncing probiotic incorrectly, pre and probiotics are two different things! (to throw some confusion in the mix ‘post-biotics’ is now a thing too). So, what are ‘prebiotics’? Prebiotics are beneficial compounds that act as food for bacteria and can improve our health. Prebiotics are undigestible parts of food that reach the colon without being absorbed, for...

Non Pharmacological Strategies For IBSD Managment

Non-Pharmacological Strategies for IBS-D Management

Believe it or not, roughly 20% of the population have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Of this, we see that about half the IBS patients at Ignite Nutrition fall under the umbrella of diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D) or have symptoms that alternate between diarrhea and constipation (IBS-M). Diarrhea predominant IBS can be SO frustrating to manage. Loose stools cause urgency, which causes stress, which tends to make symptoms worse!   IBS-D Management - Our Approach At Ignite, we first approach diarrhea management from 3 perspectives. how quick the gut moves (motility) stool consistency working on abdominal pain and cramping that is so common when your bowels tend to empty quickly! Today we are going to be discussing exactly how we manage IBS-D, as well as discussing some non-pharmacological options. At...

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

This sponsored recipe is brought to you by BC Tree Fruits. They’ve kindly compensated monetarily me to develop this post – and I couldn’t be more thrilled to bring you a delicious apples recipe! I LOVE pancakes. Growing up, weekends were for stacks of delicious pancakes covered in syrup. One of my favourite ways to enjoy pancakes was with apples. We would shred them into the mix, adding the perfect amount of sweetness and tartness! Now, I've gone on to being a dietitian and am more cognizant of building a balanced breakfast. What I love about this recipe is, you get added fibre and nutrients from the oats, whole grain flours, and almost full serving of fruit! Picking the Perfect Apples Luckily, BC Tree Fruits has you covered! They are perfectly...

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Allergy Friendly Halloween Treats

Halloween is one of the most fun and creepy times of the year - however, it shouldn’t be the treats that spook us! For many people, holidays that centre around snacks and candy can induce a lot of fear around managing food allergies and intolerances, especially when you're trying to find allergy friendly Halloween Treats! Did you know? Food sensitivities affect 1/5th of the population, and most common food sensitivities are often staples in our diets - making them challenging to avoid! As a dietitian who specializes in GI disorders, I work with many different conditions that have food sensitivities & allergies, including celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis, and more traditional IgE mediated food allergies, like peanut, soy, egg or dairy. One of the most challenging conditions is Eosinophilic Esophagitis...

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Taking Care of Your Gut Health this Back-to-School Season

This sponsored post is brought to you by Danone. They’ve kindly compensated monetarily me to develop this post on how to take care of your gut health this Fall, something you all know I'm super passionate about! Back to school is great for getting the family back into a routine – but often comes with added stress and a busy back to school schedule for moms… even the most experienced ones! Maintain healthy and balanced nutrition can be hard while trying to make sure your family is ready for this back to school season. I have my top tips for you to make nutritious, easy choices during this crazy period, so you can keep taking care of your overall health! Keeping it Convenient With a busy schedule, we often...

10 Minute Chicken Sausage Saute

Nutrition Month 2018 – Unlock the Power of Food!

We kicked off Nutrition Month 2018 today on Breakfast Television Calgary - talking about unlocking the power of food! I’m loving this unique approach - because we talk A LOT about food relationship at Ignite, and food relationship starts with the family. Food isn't just fuel, but as something that is at the core of our families, cultures, and traditions. Food has the potential to encourage discovery and connection, to fuel, prevent disease, and promote healing. Food is so much more than nourishment - it’s about connection. Leah and I talked about my TOP TIPS to create connection in the kitchen with your family, while incorporating healthy, simple choices. We made my Chicken 'Sausage' Saute, which is a weeknight FAVE at our house. Why it's so awesome: It has SO...

Prunes For Bone Health A Dietitian Review

Prunes to Manage Bone Health – A Dietitian Review

We're kicking off the New Year with a focus on bone health. One of the top trends of 2018 is a movement towards plant-based foods, and I have to say, I'm thrilled. I have many clients who are vegan or vegetarian and are often concerned about their bone health. As well, many of my clients with autoimmune conditions, especially celiac, are at risk of osteopenia and osteoporosis. They're looking to maximize their bone health, and want to look beyond calcium as a solution - because they know that calcium isn't the ONLY nutrient we should be considering to build strong bones! I am so excited to be partnering with the California Plum Board to share with you some really exciting research on preventing, and even reversing...

Low FODMAP BBQ Chili

Low FODMAP BBQ Chili

This low FODMAP BBQ chili is actually one of the best chili's I've EVER made. I partnered with FODY Foods to develop a nutritious, low FODMAP recipe, with a TON of flavour. (Disclosure: I work with FODY Foods and received compensation for this post. See full disclosure at bottom.) Now. Recipes involving tomato products OFTEN are high FODMAP, because of the onion, garlic, and occasional high fructose corn syrup added to them. And when you think of a chili, we often have beans, corn, and a variety of other high FODMAP foods. You're probably even wondering if it's possible to create a low FODMAP chili, or ahem, one that isn't just ground beef and crushed tomatoes. I'm here to tell you that not only is it possible, but my...

Thai Peanut Noodle Bowl with Fettuccine NuPasta

Thai Peanut Noodle Bowl with Fettuccine NuPasta

Have you heard of NuPasta before? NuPasta is an incredible new product on the market that has a ton of very cool nutrition qualities - and I was so excited when they asked me to create a recipe for them! What is NuPasta? NuPasta is created from the root of a konjac plant, which has unique qualities that make it the perfect gluten free pasta that is high in fibre and low in starch. Konjac is common to Japanese cuisine - and resembles a yam - however it's very low in starch - which makes it much different! Why is NuPasta awesome? When it comes to pasta, our portions in this day and age are often humungous. For many of my clients with nutrition issues, like PCOS (polycystic ovarian...

Fody Foods Low FODMAP Products A Dietitian Review

FODY Foods Low FODMAP Product | Dietitian Review

One of the HARDEST parts of the low FODMAP diet is grocery shopping. Hands down. It's not looking at the low FODMAP lists - it's actually conceptualizing how you'll turn those things into a meal. For my clients that lack confidence and competence in the kitchen, they struggle with the low FODMAP diet. For people who enjoy sauces and condiments, the low FODMAP diet can seem painfully bland. Which is why I'm SO relieved that companies like FODY Foods low FODMAP products, entirely dedicated to making high quality, low FODMAP foods have been created. Introducing FODY Foods Recently, I've had the opportunity to try FODY Foods. They reached out and asked if I would like to try some of their low FODMAP products - and I was blown away. FODY foods...