Spicy Dark Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Pure dark chocolate is rich in flavanols (plant compounds with antioxidant properties) which can help hydrate the skin and improve circulation. This dessert is courtesy of the Aztecs, the people who invented the “xocoatl”, a hot chocolatey beverage to which they added chili and other spices. In addition, it contains beneficial plant-based omega-3 fats. Preparation […]

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Watermelon Cake

Celebrate your next special occasion with the Medisys free-of-refined-sugar watermelon birthday “cake” and see just how sweet sugar-free living can be! For the cake base, simply remove the rind from a watermelon and slice around the edges to create a rind-less circle ready to be lathered with icing. The base for the “icing” is plain […]

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Mexican Yogurt Dip

Think you are too young to worry about bone health? Think again. After age 30, our bone density begins to decrease. Adequate calcium is from food – and weight bearing exercise – are essential for healthy bones and most adults aren’t getting enough of either. The best sources of calcium are dairy, almonds, dark green […]

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Pomegranate Chocolate Freezer Cookies

These delectable three ingredient “cookies” are so easy to make that you barely need a recipe! Forget the dried cranberries this winter, they are full of SUGAR – pomegranates are a superfood with a high antioxidant content, fabulous flavour, fibre and colour! Fresh pomegranate seeds make a great addition to a variety of foods from green […]

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Make 2017 the year you banish refined foods

Why you should stop eating refined foods Foods such as white bread, white rice, breakfast cereals, and many snack foods, are often the product of a process called refining. In refining a grain, the bran and the germ portions on the outside are removed. This is done to produce a desired texture or to extend the freshness […]

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Why you should drink less

Alcohol is a psychoactive drug that has a depressant effect and it can be addictive. Short term effects of alcohol include intoxication, dehydration, and poisoning if consumed in enough quantity. In excessive quantities, alcohol is capable of damaging many organs and important body systems. Long term effects include changes to liver metabolism, addiction, damage to the […]

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Alcohol-Free Eggnog

Ingredients: 2 cups skim milk, almond, cashew milk, coconut milk or mixed dairy and non-dairy milk to taste 3 egg whites 1/4 cup honey or agave syrup to taste 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 tsp nutmeg 1/2 tsp cinnamon How to Prepare: Place all ingredients into a food processor until smooth (or blend in a […]

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Nuts in your diet may help you live longer, study finds

  • December 12, 2016
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    Registered Dietitian Leslie Beck is the best-selling author of 12 books on nutrition and health, writes a weekly column in The Globe and Mail and is a regular contributor to CTV News. Based at the Medisys clinic in Toronto, Leslie offers one-on-one diet coaching, personalized meal plans and evidence-based recommendations on the use of nutritional supplements. www.lesliebeck.com

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If nuts aren’t a staple in your diet, they ought to be. (Unless, of course, you’re allergic to them.) According to a large study, eating a small portion of nuts each day protects against heart disease, diabetes, cancer, even premature death. The findings, published this month in the journal BMC Medicine, suggest that nuts have […]

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Featured Foods: Pomegranates

  • March 21, 2016
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    Registered Dietitian Leslie Beck is the best-selling author of 12 books on nutrition and health, writes a weekly column in The Globe and Mail and is a regular contributor to CTV News. Based at the Medisys clinic in Toronto, Leslie offers one-on-one diet coaching, personalized meal plans and evidence-based recommendations on the use of nutritional supplements. www.lesliebeck.com

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Nutrition Notes Pomegranate seeds contain potent antioxidants called polyphenols whch have been linked to cardio-protective and anti-cancer benefits.  Studies suggest that drinking pomegranate juice each day may help lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes and decrease the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol (oxidized LDL is sticks more readily to […]

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Featured Foods: Cocoa

  • February 21, 2016
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    Registered Dietitian Leslie Beck is the best-selling author of 12 books on nutrition and health, writes a weekly column in The Globe and Mail and is a regular contributor to CTV News. Based at the Medisys clinic in Toronto, Leslie offers one-on-one diet coaching, personalized meal plans and evidence-based recommendations on the use of nutritional supplements. www.lesliebeck.com

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Nutrition Notes Cocoa is the dried seed from the cacao tree and is an outstanding source of antioxidants that have been linked to heart health. Cocoa is most commonly used to make chocolate.  While dark chocolate is quickly establishing itself as a health food, it’s actually the cocoa content of dark chocolate that’s responsible for […]

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Can’t Lose Weight? 5 Diet Mistakes That Keep The Pounds On

  • January 11, 2016
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    Leslie Beck, Registered Dietitian, is the best-selling author of 12 books on nutrition and health, writes a weekly column in The Globe and Mail, and is a regular contributor to CTV News. Based at the Medisys clinic in Toronto, Leslie offers one-on-one diet coaching, personalized meal plans and evidence-based recommendations on the use of nutritional supplements. www.lesliebeck.com

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As a Registered Dietitian in private practice at the Medisys Clinic in Toronto, it’s something I often hear when I meet clients for the first time. “Why can’t I lose weight? I eat healthfully, I don’t touch desserts and I exercise regularly but the scale won’t budge. I think I’m doing everything right.” People often […]

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Featured Foods: Pistachios

  • August 21, 2015
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    Registered Dietitian Leslie Beck is the best-selling author of 12 books on nutrition and health, writes a weekly column in The Globe and Mail and is a regular contributor to CTV News. Based at the Medisys clinic in Toronto, Leslie offers one-on-one diet coaching, personalized meal plans and evidence-based recommendations on the use of nutritional supplements. www.lesliebeck.com

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Nutrition Notes Thanks to the latest research, pistachios are shedding their image as a holiday food and establishing themselves as a health food.  Relative to other nuts, pistachios have the fewest calories per ounce and are a rich source of the antioxidants lutein, beta-carotene, and vitamin E.  They’re also rich in heart healthy monounsaturated fats […]

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Kale Chips

2 servings ½ recipe = 136 calories, 20g carbs, 5g fat, 9g protein, 0g sugar, 583mg sodium Ingredients 1 large bunch kale, leaves ripped off the stem ¼-1/3 cup nutritional yeast 2 Tbsp sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil ½ tsp black pepper ¼ tsp salt Directions 1.   Pre-heat oven to 425 F. 2.   Line a baking […]

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Nutrition Month – Eating Well When Not at Home

Boosting your energy This year’s Nutrition Month campaign focuses on eating well away from home, whether at work or on the road. This article contains strategies for eating well to maximize energy, fine-tune concentration, and retain memory throughout your workday. Here are four tips to help keep you at your optimal performance level throughout the […]

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Hearty Barley Mushroom Soup

Barley, an often underused grain, is the key ingredient to this recipe! Although quick and easy to prepare, this soup is loaded with nutrition and will keep you full until your next meal. The thyme against the mushrooms provides a delicious earthy flavour that you are bound to enjoy. If you are following a gluten-free […]

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Whole-Grain Lentil Casserole Recipe

  • December 23, 2014
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    Leslie Beck, a Registered Dietitian, is the best-selling author of 12 books on nutrition and health, writes a weekly column in The Globe and Mail, and is a regular contributor to CTV News. Based at the Medisys clinic in Toronto, Leslie offers one-on-one diet coaching, personalized meal plans and evidence-based recommendations on the use of nutritional supplements.
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I’ve been making this fibre- and folate-rich casserole for years and still love it. It’s also become a huge hit with my clients – even kids like it! I usually serve it with steamed broccoli for a vegetarian meal, but you can also serve it as side dish instead of plain rice. Double the recipe […]

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Food on trial: How your diet makes your skin glow – or not

  • December 23, 2014
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    Lindsay is a Registered Dietitian whose passion is helping to support clients in the areas of weight management, emotional and disordered eating, digestive disorders and chronic disease prevention. She obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Alberta and completed her dietetic internship with Calgary Health Region in 2007. Lindsay is committed to an interdisciplinary approach to health management to ensure clients reach their goals while feeling confident and supported along their journey to better health.

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How diet affects skin health remains controversial, but as research progresses, certain nutrients are starting to stand out as either harmful or helpful to your skin’s glow. Let’s put popular food sources on trial and see how they hold up. Low glycemic index foods Glycemic Index (GI) describes how quickly carbohydrate-containing foods spike blood sugar […]

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8 nutrition strategies to promote a good night’s sleep…and control your weight

  • December 18, 2014
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    Leslie Beck, a Registered Dietitian, is the best-selling author of 12 books on nutrition and health, writes a weekly column in The Globe and Mail, and is a regular contributor to CTV News. Based at the Medisys clinic in Toronto, Leslie offers one-on-one diet coaching, personalized meal plans and evidence-based recommendations on the use of nutritional supplements.
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Feeling tired and irritable aren’t the only consequences of poor sleep. Getting too little sleep can also sabotage your efforts to shed excess weight. Even a single night of poor sleep can wreak havoc on weight control by slowing metabolism and increasing hunger. Research shows that compared with normal sleep (8 hours), the body’s resting […]

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Featured Foods: Sweet potatoes

  • October 21, 2014
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    Registered Dietitian Leslie Beck is the best-selling author of 12 books on nutrition and health, writes a weekly column in The Globe and Mail and is a regular contributor to CTV News. Based at the Medisys clinic in Toronto, Leslie offers one-on-one diet coaching, personalized meal plans and evidence-based recommendations on the use of nutritional supplements. www.lesliebeck.com

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Nutrition Notes Low in calories and packed with disease-fighting antioxidants, sweet potatoes are an all-round healthy choice.  Sweet potatoes outrank all other vegetables when it comes to beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant.  Studies suggest a diet rich in beta-carotene can help guard against certain cancers and heart disease. While there’s no official recommendation for how much beta-carotene […]

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Why does my trainer tell me bananas are bad for me?

  • September 16, 2012
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    Registered Dietitian Leslie Beck is the best-selling author of 12 books on nutrition and health, writes a weekly column in The Globe and Mail and is a regular contributor to CTV News. Based at the Medisys clinic in Toronto, Leslie offers one-on-one diet coaching, personalized meal plans and evidence-based recommendations on the use of nutritional supplements. www.lesliebeck.com

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THE QUESTION My trainer has told me to avoid bananas. He calls them a no-benefit fruit. What’s wrong with bananas? Aren’t they at least a source of potassium? THE ANSWER Why do bananas get a bad rap? Perhaps because some people mistakenly think they are much higher in sugar, or carbohydrate, than other fruit. Not […]

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