Welcome 2013!

Christmas Postcard 2012-001Happy New Year to all my readers out there!

I hope you all have had a happy holiday season and a Merry Christmas. Here is the Christmas card I made this year from a make-shift photo shoot I did with my boys (mind you still to be mailed out – I proudly acknowledge that I am not always a mom who can do-it-all despite what people think!). My boys continue to be the joy of my life and my inspiration to continue to work in the Neonatal Intensive Care and Pediatrics fields. We have had a lot of fun this holiday season as a family with visits from both sides of the family, shopping, tobogganing, and of course making sugar cookies!

Ok, so back to my post. I am not one to usually make New Year’s Resolutions, however experts say that if you write them down it helps keep you accountable. I am not sure why we need experts on how to keep resolutions, but I am going to go with it and try to keep mine this year.

My 5 New Year’s Resolutions:

  1. Blog more! I will be aiming for a regular monthly post, so stay tuned and send me your post ideas and nutrition questions.
  2. Try one new food/recipe EVERY month AS A FAMILY. This one seems easy, though I am more open to trying new foods some days than my kids, and some days they are more keen than myself! My hope is that by committing to trying some new foods and dishes, I can share my food adventures and trials with you.
  3. Learn more about culture specific foods and traditions. I have a lot of multicultural  families frequent my Dietitian services that have specific cultural food choices that I know little about, for example: Ethiopian food! There are some clients for which I honestly know little about the true essence of their food (nutrition content included), and meal time habits and traditions, though I have learned a lot over the past few years.
  4. Have more fun with food! I find it tough some days to “play” with my food and encourage this from my kids. Hoping to try some of the food decor ideas I have pinned to my Pinterest board!
  5. Spend more time as a family being active. I have registered my son for several physical activities to do over the course of the year, but have found it hard to incorporate regular activities into my (and my husband’s) schedules. This is definitely something I want to work on this year to be healthier. Maybe we will try some new activities this year too!

Here’s to creating some inspiring meals in 2013 and beyond!

Melissa Lachapelle, RD

Meet the Real Bears

Grrrrr…..

Isn’t that how you feel about the food industry these days? So much of our food supply is tainted with high sugar, high salt, high fat and low fibre foods. It can make it so difficult to promote healthier eating when people feel they can’t make the healthier choice because it “costs too much” or it is “inconvenient”. The food industry makes it so easy for us to make unhealthy choices, even in 2012.

But take heart! There ARE people who care about you and are fighting for the cause. Meet the Real Bears. This is a great short video from the Center for Science in the Public Interest about its work to decrease soda consumption and to promote healthier diets for all families. I think the facts about soda and their key points in the video are quite informative. It may make you think twice before you crack that pop top, eat that chocolate bar, or drink that 1 litre of 100% fruit juice.

Food for thought….and just in time for Halloween!