In case any of you wonderful readers are experiencing a case of the Monday's - here's a quick blog post that might make your life a little easier if you're ever looking for some reliable nutrition information (and you don't live with a dietitian)!
Finding reliable nutrition information on the world wide web can be a challenge. In fact, you may be reading information that you THINK is legit but isn't backed by any credible resource or is sensationalized by the media to send a misleading message. Your first, foremost, and most reliable source of nutrition information is going to come from a registered dietitian. Registered dietitians are health professionals that are licensed to give advice on food and nutrition that is individualized for YOU! We are trusted experts that help make medical and nutrition research easier to understand and can provide information that you know is safe and based on the best available scientific research. If you want to learn more about what dietitians do and how they can help you decipher what's fact and what's fad in the world of nutrition check out the FAQ page or visit the WHITTY NUTRITION business website.
Now that being said, not everyone has a live-in dietitian or easy access to one at a moment's notice to answer those burning nutrition questions. In fact, access to dietitians is a major problem in Canada and some of the largest health care plans do not currently cover our services. Seeing a private practice dietitian out of pocket can be expensive because you are paying not only for the actual meeting time, resources, and individualized advice, but also for the time it takes to research, create a plan, maintain office space, and keep an up-to-date license. There is much evidence to support that the services of a registered dietitian can help lower health care costs, improve the quality of life and reduce disease risk for individuals that receive appropriate counselling from a qualified individual. All of which make it absolutely inexcusable for health care plans to cover services such as chiropractors, naturopaths, and massage therapists but neglect to include coverage for this useful, and quite frankly essential health care service.
Can you tell I'm a little passionate about this subject?
One thing you can and SHOULD do is sign this petition that was created by the Dietitians of Canada Consulting Network that is in support of ensuring that registered dietitians are covered under Canada's Public Service Health Care Plan.
It takes less than a minute and we still need about 5,000 signatures.
If you want more information on this subject I highly suggest reading this article in The Globe and Mail by Dr. Yoni Freedhoff (all around physician extraordinaire).
So while we wait for dietitian coverage situation to rectify itself, here are some places of my favorite places to get reliable nutrition information online!
NOTE: I have not received payment or endorsements of any kind to promote these websites.
PROS: Dietitians of Canada provides answers to some of the most common nutrition questions and offers up a wide range of resources that can be helpful for anyone looking to do some in-depth research on a topic they are interested in. The articles often short, written in plain language, and available in both English and French.
TIP: DOC also has some great apps for tracking your intake and giving you inspiration for your next meal!
CONS: Although the website recently had a makeover, even I, as a long-time user, find it difficult to locate certain information. I find the search function isn't always helpful and if you're not a member, you may not have access to everything on the site.
Check out the website here: http://www.dietitians.ca/
PROS: This website is attractive, user-friendly, and includes both an array of articles and helpful videos. It includes food, fitness, and health sections that are easy to navigate and of course based on scientific literature! I also love the search function of this website.
CONS: Honestly, there is very little I don't like about this website. Including more downloadable/printable resources that would be helpful for clients would be a nice possibility since I am often forced to use the information to create my own or find resources I can give to clients elsewhere.
You can view this website at eatright.org
PROS: I find that the Harvard School of Public Health includes contributions from a lot experts and as a visual learner I find their videos featuring discussions between top professionals is a great way to think about some nutrition issues with a new perspective. The 'Nutrition in the News' section helps me keep up to date with some hot nutrition topics that may have recently been featured in the media ... which usually means I can expect the client questions to come pouring in!
CONS: The website isn't overly attractive and the use of pictures, diagrams, or infographics isn't is lacking in most of their main pages. I also find that their YouTube channel can be hard to navigate and you'll have to do some searching to separate the nutrition info from the other public health topics.
The Nutrition Source portion of this website can be found here: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/
I would also recommend checking out their YouTube channel at: https://www.youtube.com/user/HarvardPublicHealth
PROS: Another beautifully designed website, I could (and do) spend hours perusing the pages of articles found on this website. My other favorite thing about information from this site is that it's presented so clearly, and often with humor which makes it a pleasure to read. I also enjoying getting quick, useful and relevant information on topics other than nutrition but that promote overall wellness as part of a balanced lifestyle.
CONS: Sometimes I read a great article or stumble across one from this website in my facebook newsfeed but if I don't immediately bookmark it or save it to my desktop I may have difficulty locating it again since there is just SO MUCH on this site.
Check out this awesome site at: http://greatist.com/
A good place to search for some credible nutrition blogs is on the 'Nutrition Blog Network'. Here is a list of some of my favorite blogs for health and nutrition information. Keep in mind, I am not associated with any of the blogs listed and I do not necessarily support the views of every post written by the author.
Weighty Matters - An award winning blog by Dr. Yoni Freedhoff (who I have mentioned before and will likely mention again). His posts are short, too the point, and often quite cheeky. He also posts a 'Friday Funny' each week which is always hilarious. I definitely check-in every week!
Abby Langer Nutrition - Recently discovered, I have found myself frantically trying read all of the older posts on this excellent nutrition blog just to be sure I didn't miss anything. This RD, in my opinion, is on point with a lot of nutrition issues and shares many of my same pet peeves about the industry. Check her out for a variety of recipes, hot topic dicussions, and a great looking website to boot!
Bite My Words - Shout to to all my Canadian RD's! This blog is written by a Nova Scotia RD and consists of short, frequent posts on absolutely everything nutrition!
And of course I had to include the WHITTY NUTRITION Blog! As a new blogger and totally amateur photographer, it's still a work in progress but I am happy you have all joined me again this week! Keep coming back for more credible nutrition information and don't forget to submit ideas for the topics you want to see! I read each and every comment :)
Have a happy health week!