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What is the MIND diet?

The Basics of the MIND Diet

For many years, researchers have examined the relationship between the foods we eat and their effects on our health. In 2015, researchers began to specifically examine the relationship between certain foods and their effect on brain health with the intention of (1) slowing the decline of brain health as we age and (2) reducing the risk of the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Thus, the “MIND” diet was created.

First Year Feeding Practices [Video]

Infancy and early childhood are significant stages of growth and development, particularly during the first twelve months of life. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) notes that “given the documented short- and long-term medical and neurodevelopmental advantages of breastfeeding, infant nutrition should be considered a public health issue and not only a lifestyle choice.” Clearly, how we feed our infants is critical to their health.

How to Teach Your Child to Have a Healthy Relationship with Food [Podcast]

There’s a lot of conflicting nutrition information out there which can make food decisions challenging. As a parent, the pressure mounts even higher because naturally, you want to do what’s best for your kids so that they grow up healthy and strong. Nutrition plays a big part in that and so does their relationship with food. But how do you teach a child to have a healthy relationship with food?

A Day in the Life of Intuitive Eating

Ahhh, the Holidays. Full of excitement, busyness, family, friends and lots of food. For many, this time of year is fun, but for others it can be overwhelming with all of the food choices and diet recommendations bubbling around us.

3 Tips to Build a Healthy School Lunch

The start of the school year is a busy time. New grades, new school supplies and maturing taste buds are a lot to juggle. As a parent, deciding what to pack your child for lunch can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Use these tips to take out the guesswork and make the lunch prep fun!


What Does Eating a “Plant-Based Diet” Mean?

Plants are finally on-trend. It seems as though everywhere you turn, more and more people are opting for plant-based foods. Research shows that plant-based diets have several benefits, but there’s still some confusion around them. For starters, what is a plant-based diet? Is it any different than a vegetarian or vegan diet? Are you allowed to eat any animal foods? The list of questions goes on. We’ll do our best to give you some peace on the subject.

Can Intuitive Eating Work For Me?

Throughout the intuitive eating series, we’ve talked about why anti-diet is not anti-health, and how intuitive eating can help reduce stress when it comes to making food choices. In this edition, we dive into some practical ways you can implement intuitive eating into your day-to-day life. Let’s begin.

Snacking Series: Do Snacks Lead to Weight Gain?

Welcome to our Snacking Series, where we’ve been debunking the myths around snacks and their potential impact on our health. If you’re new to this series, check out the first article that highlighted the definition of a snack as well as how snacks typically fit into our eating pattern.

Can Our Diets Be Stress-Free? An Intuitive Eating Expert Weighs In

Many healthcare professionals and consumers either don’t know or don’t fully understand what intuitive eating is, which makes sense because it’s still a relatively new concept.

Newsbite: 3 Ways for Your Toddler to Be Hands-On in the Kitchen

If you’re a parent, you’re probably accustomed to your children asking, “Is dinner ready yet?” from the moment you begin preparing a meal to the moment it’s on the table. If you’re not a parent, you can surely admit to asking your mom or dad these same questions at some point growing up. While it can feel like nagging, that interest from your children may be a great opportunity to get them involved in the cooking process—a benefit to both of you!