VEGA Sugar-Free Energizer Contest

Meet Nicole… A Holistic Nutritionist and new member of the Live Light Nutrition team! Her first assignment was to try out VEGA’s Sugar-Free Energizer and report back. Here are her comments below. Going to the gym has always been a passion of mine. I love starting my day with an early work out. Usually, when I wake up in the morning, I’m pretty tired and unmotivated to exercise because I have low energy. I heard about Vega’s Sugar-Free Energizer product and thought I would try it out. I took the drink 20 minutes before my spin class and I have…

Miranda’s Meal Makeover GIVEAWAY!

    Today I had the opportunity to zero-in on two viewers meals and offer some healthy suggestions on The Marilyn Denis Show. This is one of my favourite parts of being a nutritionist because I know that even a few small changes made everyday can set the stage for a huge exciting change. One of the suggestions I made was to try new foods and swap out the not so healthy products for better quality ones. I showcased Little LIFE Box as an easy way to begin this change.  When you subscribe to Little Life Box they will send…

Nature’s Sour Skittles & Caramels

Kids love sweet foods! Obviously this is not ground-breaking news of any kind. But what is ground-breaking is that kids can enjoy sweet treats in a healthy way. Their first taste of sweet begins in utero with amniotic fluid, which contains fructose, glucose, fatty acids and amino acids. As a result babies are born with a preference for the sweet taste of mother’s milk. This initial stage of nurturing creates a safe and comforting feeling that is associated with the sweet flavour. This soothing feeling from sweet foods lives with us into our adult years. You might find yourself digging…

CONTEST ALERT!

3MonthGiveaway(1) Small changes can lead to big health improvements! You might have heard me say that before, but it’s true! It may take a bit of time to find the healthier alternative to your favourite food or product, but it’s worth it.  I came across this fabulous Canadian company called Little Life Box that can help you to make this happen. Subscribe to Little Life Box and they will send you a monthly box with samples of healthy products to sample so you can determine what products are right for you. I think it’s a brilliant idea and I hope you…

Welcome to the Polka Dot Plate Blog

There’s nothing that makes me happier as a mom (and a Nutritionist) then when my kids eat well. The Polka Dot Plate blog shows you a glimpse into my world as a mom instilling excitement and education into my four year old about healthy food. Within the past four years we’ve been through many dietary changes. One day he loves eggs, the next day he HATES them. At two, he would happily eat sardines for breakfast (true story), but now Sardines are soooo not happening. Like all aspects of parenting, getting my son to eat healthy foods has taken creativity,…

How to Deal with Energy Vampires

Have you ever felt like the energy has been sucked from you from the mere presence of someone else? Or you feel like no matter what you say or do you are wrong? How about when you work so hard to impress, but end up being criticized? You try hard to remain positive and strong, but their negativity and toxic approach leaves you feeling drained, anxious and depressed.  These people are called Energy Vampires. They can show up at home, work and play. So how do you deal with these energy suckers? Unfortunately, garlic doesn’t work here. Here are my…

Healthy Lunch Box Ideas for Everyone!

VIDEO BLOG:   Healthy Lunch Box Ideas for Everyone.  …

Top 10 Eating-Out Nutrition No-No’s

It’s fun to explore a variety of different foods and restaurants, but keep in mind these nutrition no-no’s when you eat-out! 1) Drinking liquids with our meal. Drinking too much when eating dilutes digestive enzymes and slows down digestion leading to bloating, gas, etc. Eating Correction: no more pop, or other carbonated beverages. Drink only 1/2 glass of room temp water if you must drink. Try drinking 1/2 hour before and 45-1 hour after a meal 2) Improper Food Combining : Stop eating fruit after a meal! Eating fruit with or after a starch or a protein can cause fermentation…