It feels like 2017 is progressing at a galloping pace and I can’t believe that May is here already. I have been out of sync with my monthly round-ups and blogs because life has been busy and lots of change on the horizon! As always, there is SO much news and an abundance of articles being published in the field of nutrition and health in general. Moving forward, I’d like to do a better job of curating the info for you and communicating why it is of relevance (or not as the case may be); but for now here are a few items that caught my attention over the past month.
Top Ten Reads From my Feed
- Saturated fat does not clog the arteries: coronary heart disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, the risk of which can be effectively reduced from healthy lifestyle interventions by Malhotra et al, BMJ. This editorial in the BMJ caused quite a stir and illicited responses from several organizations, including the British Nutrition Foundation and Dietitians of Canada. Bottom line, the role of saturated fat in heart health is complex and not so black and white. We need to stop focusing on single nutrients but look at the overall dietary pattern and lifestyle.
- Chew on this for Earth Day: How our diets impact the planet by Maria Godoy, The Salt
- Fine-tuning healthy eating guidelines for individual needs by Tim Crowe, Thinking Nutrition
- Leslie Beck: Here’s how six common nutrition beliefs hold up to science by Leslie Beck, The Globe and Mail
- Amsterdam’s solution to the obesity crisis: no fruit juice and enough sleep by Sarah Boseley, The Guardian
- Why are so many people popping vitamin D? by Gina Kolata
- Is coffee really good for you? By Sue Quinn, The Telegraph
- Is fasting a free health fix – or is it just a fad? By Dara Mohammadi, The Guardian
9. Doctors have decades of experience fighting “fake news.” Here’s how they win. By Julia Belluz, Vox
- Kids Who Do Chores Are More Successful Adults by Bill Murphy Jr., Inc
Best of the Rest….
- The downside of drinking flavoured water by Ellie Krieger
- Talking about obesity: An increasingly delicate task by Timothy Caulfield
- The single most important ingredient by Samin Nosrat, NY Times
- “Don’t Blink”, They Said…… by Jordan Baker Watts, The Huffington Post
Recipes Tried and Tested
Healthy Easter macaroon nests by Nic’s Nutrition
The ultimate healthy chocolate mini muffins by Amy’s Healthy Baking
Inspired By …
Maybe it is because the humidity and heat of Nicaragua mean that I seem to move around at a sloth-like pace or maybe it is because my sister will be running her first marathon in a few weeks but I was in awe last month of all the participants in the London marathon, from the elite athletes to the individuals raising money for charity. I was especially moved (okay, I cried) by the display of sportsmanship as one runner helped another exhausted runner across the finishing line and by the personal stories of 10 runners living with mental health issues in the BBC documentary ‘Mind Over Marathon’. Check it out, but make sure you have a box of tissues handy!
Casey Berglund is a Registered Dietitian, Yoga Instructor and founder of Worthy and Well. Her mission is to “empower smart and soulful women to feel free in their relationship with food and confident in their bodies, so they have more energy for what matters”. Sounds good, right? Watch her video blogs on a range of gritty topics from overcoming fear and frustration to tips for better digestion. This summer Casey will be embarking on a cross Canada road trip, facilitating workshops on ‘yoga for mindful eating and living’ seek her out to hear more about this important message.
My Highlights of the Month
Creating Easter traditions as a family ….