How to indulge in the “16 Foods Dietitians Won’t Touch” in 3 simple steps

LIVESTRONG’s list of “16 Foods Dietitians Won’t Touch” is a bit misleading. Sure the foods that made the cut aren’t healthy choices, but that does not mean that you can’t ever enjoy them if your health is a priority. Yes, the headline is a bit exaggerated to help grab your attention, but I think it’s important to know that the foods they are demonizing are only a problem if they are making it into your shopping cart week in and week out. It’s only when these foods are consumed as a part of what you consider to be your normal healthy diet that they become a cause for concern.

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Food Resources and Education for Student Health

Well, September has flown by, hasn’t it! I’m into the thick of my coursework – I made this cool stuff pictured above in my chemistry lab, its name is Potassium trioxalatoferrate (III) trihydrate – and involvement in professional student associations such as the Students’ Human Ecology Association, the Canadian Association of Foodservice Professionals, Nutrition Initiatives for Kids, and FRESH are all underway. They all seemed like fantastic opportunities with great potential, so I kind of signed up for everything. I’ve already attended a real-deal-with-a-sommelier wine tasting/networking event courtesy of the London branch of the CAFP, and I’m definitely ok with that.

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Home economics + food literacy

Even though I’m only one week into the curriculum, there’s definitely some exciting stuff going on here at Brescia.  Let’s start with this – I’m taking home economics. I am in university, and I am taking home ec – I didn’t even know that was a ‘thing’ in university! Fun fact: the scholarly folks are calling it human ecology nowadays in attempts to rebrand and shed the negative associations tied to home economics education. When you hear about home ec, you think of that high school class that only a handful of girls took, or maybe home ec wasn’t even offered at your school because of the pressures placed on students to take all the maths and sciences, to leave our options open for higher education university programs that would give us the chance to be more than just ‘stay-at-home-moms’.

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