The Canadian Diet – How Are We Doing?

You may be surprised to hear that we’re on the right track! As a population, we’re cutting back on shortening, beef and white flour. We’re eating more vegetables, fruit and yogurt as well. However there’s still room for improvement! We can eat less – less red meat, less cheese, less starches and less sweets.

Experimenting with Herbs and Spices

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This was a meal made during one of cooking classes for individuals living with cancer. The focus of the class had to do with experimenting with different herbs and spices to help cope with taste changes and food aversions that may happen during cancer/treatment. Some new flavours that were introduced to the class included cilantro, rosemary and ginger. It’s amazing the flavour dimensions that herbs and spices can add to your cooking, without necessarily adding a lot of calories. Enjoy the recipes below!

Vegetarian Lentil Shepherd’s Pie

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Although this recipe is a tad laboursome, it’s a great recipe that can supply you with meals for a number of days! With the yield provided below, I was able to make two casserole dishes of this pie and froze one. I’m cooking for one and this supplied me with lunches for two weeks! I’m probably the odd exception in that I can eat the same lunch for two weeks without getting tired of the meal, but for a family this would be great for a couple of days of meals! I also had friends taste test it and they could not believe it was a vegetarian dish…so go ahead and fool the carnivores in your life with this protein-rich dish!

Multivitamins – Cheap Insurance or Expensive Urine?

“Supports Bone, Breast and Urinary Tract Health.”
-Jamieson Vitavim for Women

“Helps Maintain Immune Function.”
-Centrum for Men

From these claims on various multivitmains, it’s sounding like taking a multi may lower your risk of cancer and other diseases. Is this true? Are they worth taking to make up for what we don’t get from our diets?