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January 14, 2019

Low FODMAP Chocolate Chip Cookies

I often find that people either love potlucks or hate them. Either you know the perfect dish to bring, or you spend hours worrying about what is an ac

January 7, 2019

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 –

December 31, 2018

How to start on the low FODMAP diet

So you’ve been diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome and have been told to start on the low FODMAP diet? As a dietitian, I’m thrilled that more

December 3, 2018

Low FODMAP Tomato Sauce

Low FODMAP Tomato Sauce can be SO hard to find (especially in Canada!) Quite often ready-made tomato-based sauces bought at the local grocery store co

November 26, 2018

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 Nutri

November 19, 2018

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 mo

November 5, 2018

What You Need to Know About Nutrition and PCOS

We work with many women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and all too often we hear the same story about their diagnosis. They are told they have PCOS an

October 24, 2018

Low FODMAP Peanut Butter Cup Overnight Oats

These low FODMAP Peanut Butter Cup Overnight Oats are a go-to in our house (and a HUGE hit on our 5 day low FODMAP and gut health menu plan).  We cre

October 24, 2018

Anything-Goes Energy Balls

To me, the perfect snack is salty and sweet. I LOVE energy balls – especially in the summer when I’m busy, and need something quick I can

October 22, 2018

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 t

Low FODMAP Eggplant Parmesan

Low FODMAP Eggplant Parmesan

Hey all! Nancy - Andrea's student here! I was lucky enough to receive the “Oh She Glows Everyday” cookbook, by Angela Liddon, for Christmas this year.  My friend must have known I had been eyeing this cookbook in stores already. I couldn’t wait to get into the kitchen and pick my first dish to share with you today. However, it was quite the challenge to pick one recipe, as they all sounded so good. At last, I chose the Excellent Eggplant Parmesan - of course - I made it a Low FODMAP Eggplant Parmesan for all you IBS'ers - it's EQUALLY as delicious as any FODMAP version! The Eggplant slices are coated in a fragrant vegan 'parmesan' and then cooked in the oven until crisp and...

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...

IBS Vs Celiac Vs Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity Let's talk facts

IBS vs. Celiac vs. Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. Let’s talk facts. | #AskADietitian Live

This week on #AskADietitian live, I cover the differences about IBS, celiac, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity - there are IMPORTANT differences, and management varies! Get the facts on the latest research! https://youtu.be/dzAJT3ReXkw The big takeaways: What is celiac disease? Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition, wherein your immune system responds to gluten exposure by destroying the lining of your small intestine. It is not curable, but rather can be managed by a life-long adherence to a gluten free diet. THIS is the disease where exposure matters. Even crumbs can make those with celiac disease unwell. Diagnosis typically in Canada requires a blood test and a biopsy. IBS IBS is a functional gut disorder. It is not harmful to your health in the way that celiac is (from a damaging perspective), however it...

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Gut Issues? Why You Need a Diagnosis Prior To Making Nutrition Changes #AskADietitian Live

Gut Issues? Why you need a diagnosis PRIOR to making nutrition changes. | #AskADietitian Live

This week on #AskADietitian live, I cover why you NEED a diagnosis prior to making nutrition changes! The big takeaways: Restrictive diets AREN'T benign. When you restrict (ie. restricting gluten) - it may make it hard to get a real diagnosis. A celiac blood screen should be done prior to implementing a gluten free diet if celiac disease or gluten sensitivity is suspected - it will help to ensure you're not unnecessarily restricting. In my article 'Is it gluten' - we talk about how fructans are often the problem in IBS, NOT gluten! Unnecessary restriction - assuming the last food we ate is what made us sick leads us to a very small list of safe foods. It's MUCH more complicated than that. In my article 'What is IBS'...

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Best Books For Intuitive Eating & Food Relationship

Best Books for Intuitive Eating & Food Relationship

I get asked ALL the time - Andrea - what books do you read to learn about intuitive eating and food relationship? I have clients ask, I have friends and family ask, and I have my staff and students ask. Many people wonder where I've developed certain skills and counselling techniques - and ultimately, it often comes down to what I've read and what has resonated with me and my practice. I'm an ardent reader. I consume books at a wild rate - both fiction and not - to balance out all the journal articles I read (ha, ha - and also because I enjoy it). I learn best by reading and reflecting, and then going on to teach what I've learned. So I've compiled this years...