December is a time for being with friends and family and usually losing your regular routine for a while. That’s okay, even if that means your eating changes. Many people tend to both look forward to and dread the food that comes with the holidays. Here’s why you should just eat the cookies without feeling bad.


Foods we eat during holidays or family events are generally not foods we eat all the time. This is a special time with your family and friends and the food served tends to follow suit. It’s also special. The holidays can bring guilt and shame and other uncomfortable feelings for a variety of reasons, but food should not be one of them. Do these foods have more fat, sugar, and dreaded calories than your normal diet? Probably. Could you end up gaining a few pounds? That’s a possibility. If thinking about these things makes you nervous you need to ask yourself why. 


A cycle to break

A few weeks of eating special foods may lead to a few extra pounds, but a few weeks of getting back to your normal routine will have your weight back to normal. This may not be the case for everyone though, especially if you have an all-or-nothing mentality around diet, have a history of dieting or restricting foods, or are planning to lose weight in the new year. All of these reasons can lead to bingeing which can start, or continue, the cycle of restriction and bingeing which leaves people in worse health than when they started. 


If you are wondering if you are at risk for this kind of behaviour, consider how you feel about these special foods. Do they bring up more uncomfortable emotions than comfortable ones? Are you considering what actions you will have to take after eating this food, like skipping meals, severely increasing your movement, starting a new diet, or only eating low calorie foods after the holidays? If so, you may need to change your mentality around food, diet, and body size. This sounds like a lot of work and it is. Thankfully, there are a lot of resources to help.

Changing the status quo

Changing your mentality and doing all of that work has a lot of benefits. When it comes to the holidays, the negative feelings concerning all the special food you and your family and friends lovingly prepared will be heavily outweighed by nostalgia, joy, comfort, and pleasure. The food at these events may be culturally important, time consuming, or expensive to make but they are served because they represent something to the people present, something that often equates to love.

This holiday, just eat the cookies, the ham, the yams, the latkes, or the stollen.




Check out what I do in our previous blog for more information!


**Please note at this time we do not have a Dietitian at the clinic. We are always looking for new providers to serve our community; if you know someone or would like to join us please use  the Join Our Team link.

With summer coming to a close, this commonly finds people craving routine. Summer is a fabulous time for cold treats and less structure around mealtimes (wiener roasts at any time of day, road-side lunches, and last-minute-what-do-we-BBQ dinners). With school and sport activities set to start, there’s a real desire to get our food situation back into a routine – and I’m here to help. Let’s dive into sport nutrition.

Dietitians specializing in sport nutrition are required to combine multiple knowledge and skill areas to support growing athletes. This includes clinical nutrition (i.e., medical history, prescription and non-prescription medications, blood work, growth history, food symptoms, etc.), nutritional science (i.e., metabolism, micronutrient, macronutrients, food science), and exercise physiology (i.e., how metabolism is affected by exercise). No matter the level of competition, recreational to high performance, I’m passionate about working with young athletes to develop nutrition habits. Not only to support their sport performance but also encourage healthy growth and development.

Young athletes engage in sport for a variety of reasons: socialization, mental well-being, competition, physical activity, and fun! I think sport can be an excellent platform for young athletes to begin to get curious about food and motivated to fuel their bodies with quality foods.

Have you wondered what a sport dietitian can do for your young athlete? Here are some ways I can help:

  • Do you know your child/teen isn’t getting enough energy (calories), carbs, protein, and fat to support their training but are unsure where to start?
  • Never mind food, does your child/teen get enough fluids throughout the day, especially on game day or heavy training days?
  • Is your young athlete disinterested in grocery shopping/food-prep/cooking and missing the link between food and performance?
  • Is your young athlete consistently injured/ill throughout his/her competitive season?
  • Maybe you have a picky eater, or do food intolerances/allergies make meal planning and snacking difficult in your household?
  • Do you have concerns about your young athlete’s growth and development?

The recent slow-down brought to us by the global pandemic has demanded that we all press “pause”. Depending on the sport, things may have continued seamlessly or come to a complete halt. Or perhaps you’ve landed somewhere in the middle and you’re making less trips to the rink and spending less time commuting. With sport conditioning and training occurring less frequently, now is a great time to seek professional support to help your young athlete reach his/her goals.

Heather is passionate about working with individuals to find the perfect plan to improve health and perform at their best. Originally from Regina, Heather has a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan and a Master of Science from the University of Otago (New Zealand). In New Zealand, Heather was a private practice dietitian, consulting for the Otago Rugby Union and the Otago ITM Cup rugby team. In her role she was responsible for one-on-one nutrition assessment, body composition analysis, group education sessions, cooking classes, and menu-planning for travelling teams. Upon returning to Canada in 2014, she has worked with a variety of sporting groups including soccer, football, basketball, volleyball, and hockey. She’s located at Warman Physiotherapy & Wellness, and offers in-person and virtual services on Wednesday afternoons.