Instagram is implementing a new policy to its platform that will restrict posts advertising weight-loss products to anyone under 18 years of age. From CNN: "Content that makes a miraculous claim about certain diet or weight loss products, and is linked to a discount code or other offer, will no longer be allowed and will be removed from the platform."
Televised or streamed sporting events are seen by millions of viewers, many of which are children. The screen time is staggering – recent research shows children, adolescents, and teens spend an average of 7 hours and 11 minutes of screen media per day
Are these sponsorships and ads negatively impacting children’s health and food choices?
A study looking at the sponsors of the top 10 most-viewed sports by children found some startling trends. All sports, except the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), had at least one food and/or non-alcoholic beverage sponsor (Bragg et al., 2018). The NFL showed to have the highest child viewership and 27% of their sponsors were a food and/or non-alcoholic beverage company (Bragg et al., 2018).
The ads were assessed using an established 100-point nutrition scoring system to assess nutritional...
Not long ago, there was common nutrition advice floating around that urged people to eat many small meals throughout the day as opposed to fewer large meals in order to “stoke the metabolic fire,” a misconception that has since been disproved.
Currently, the nutrition world is buzzing with the reverse concept of not eating throughout the day at all. It’s referred to as “intermittent fasting” or IF.
IF is simply an alternating period of eating and not eating. There are many different ways to fast, and methods vary from restricting overall food intake on certain days (as in the 5:2 method where 5 days are normal eating days and 2 days are restricted) to eating in designated “windows” (such as eating in an 8 hour window in a 24-hour period in the 16/8 method).
Is this a new trend?
Not exactly - people have been fasting for thousands of years. Some fasts are done for religious reasons, and sometimes fasting happens naturally, like when we’re sick or there isn’t foo...
In the world of education, the end of summer is a busy time as teachers, parents, and kids are gearing up for the beginning of a new semester. For some, this is a drastic shift from the summer schedule and may warrant an adjustment period. Here are a few tips for parents to help ease the summer-to-school transition, and to ensure your kids start the school year with healthy habits:
Establish a routine early
If the summer schedule changed, it can be difficult getting back into the swing of the school year. To avoid the overwhelming number of shocks to a child’s physical and mental system, it’s a good idea to establish a morning routine a week or two before school begins. This will help synchronize their biological clocks and encourage some autonomy for when it really counts.
Whether your kids are at camp, taking summer classes, or enjoying the break from school, there's a good chance they're spending more time outside (we hope!).
And while there's an abundance of social cues to remember sunscreen, sometimes the importance of hydration isn't emphasized enough. It's important to know that hydration isn't instantaneous - we need to ensure we're properly hydrated before stepping outside, and drinking fluids slowly and consistently throughout the day will help our cells absorb water best.
If your child is an athlete, being as little as 2% dehydrated can negatively affect his or her performance, bringing about fatigue and cardiovascular stress. General recommendations are as follows:
For moderate-intensity activity under 2 hours or high-intensity activity under 1 hour:
Drink 2-4 cups of water during the activity and after the activity.
For moderate-intensity activity over 2 hours or high-intensity activity over 1 hour:
But newer research suggests that calories aren’t necessarily determining our health status, and that focusing on food quality may be more beneficial for overall well-being.
A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that focusing less on the quantity of your food and more on the quality of your food may be a successful strategy for improving health.
This study has been widely discussed, and for a good reason. Not only did it take the unconventional approach of eschewing calorie-counting, but the results also showed that the ratios of fat and carbohydrates in your diet, coupled with your genetic predispositions, may not make a difference when it comes to health and weight loss.
The participants in the study were divided into two groups: a low-fat diet group and a low-carb diet...
National Nutrition Month (NNM) is a nutrition education and information campaign which focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
Every March, we promote NNM through a different theme, and the theme for 2018 is Go Further with Food.
What does it mean to "go further with food"?
To us, this means being conscious of our food choices to help fuel our bodies appropriately while reducing food waste. Reducing food waste has a positive impact on the environment, families, and the community as a whole.
You can learn more about shopping locally to reduce food waste here or how to better meal prep here.
How are you going to "go further with food" this month? Leave us a comment below!
Plant-based diets have been gaining rapid popularity, and it’s widely discussed as a top food trend for 2018. A plant-based diet can offer numerous health benefits, but it’s important to know some basics before drastically changing your eating habits to ensure you’ll thrive in this lifestyle.
What is a plant-based diet?
While there’s no formal definition, it’s generally viewed as a diet that features plant foods at the center of the plate – foods such as fruits, vegetables, grains, starches, legumes, and nuts. Animal-based foods, such as meat, fish, eggs, and dairy, are limited and serve more as a compliment to a meal.
Are plant-based diets healthier?
They absolutely can be, particularly if you’re consuming more minimally-processed, nutrient-dense foods! Plants are typically higher in fiber, potassium, flavonoids, and many vitamins such as vitamin C and vitamin E. Plant-based diets have also been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
For many, the holidays are a time to savor traditions. And while many traditional holiday foods are comforting and delicious, they aren’t always the healthiest.
Our dietitians encourage wellness as a priority, but this doesn’t mean you should completely eschew holiday foods.
You may already be familiar with the wellness concept of moderation, but this term leaves a lot of room for interpretation. An alternative concept that’s gaining more traction in the wellness world is mindfulness.
What is mindfulness?
Mindfulness is the simple practice of bringing your awareness to the present moment. It’s a concept aimed to help you enjoy experiences as they happen instead of allowing your mind to wander to the past or future, which may foster stress or anxiety.
This may sound like an easy concept, but it’s surprisingly difficult in practice.
As an exercise, try a 60-second mindful meditation: focus your mind on your body’s sensations, the sounds in the room, and what’s happening around you.