Nutrition Articles

The following articles about nutrition and cancer were developed between 2016 and 2019 by our former Nutrition Coach, Emily Fitzgerald, MScFN, RD. For more specific information and resources about nutrition, please speak to your Cancer Coach.

Save Serious Time this Summer with these Healthy Snack Ideas!

The school year is coming to an end, and you know what that means…summer vacation! With pool parties, days at the park, and summer camps just on…

A New Link Between Diet and Breast Cancer Treatment…What Does It Mean?

Did you know that every hour somewhere in the world, a discovery is made that helps us learn more about cancer? Well, researchers recently…

Let’s Celebrate Heart Month!

Did you know that Valentine’s Day isn’t the only “heart holiday” you can celebrate in February? It’s also heart month! And, what better way to recognize…

Canada’s New & Improved Food Guide: A Dietitian and Cancer Nutrition Coach Weighs In

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding Canada’s food guide this week, as a new and improved version was released on Tuesday featuring some pretty big…

Nutrition Tips to Manage Treatment Side Effects

Nutrition plays an important role each step of the cancer journey. Good nutrition can help…

Let’s talk about (overnight) oats

Now picture this: you pressed snooze on your alarm clock one too many times and you’re running…

Fuelling for Exercise

Our guest blogger today is Nasser Yassine, one of my amazing co-workers and a fellow Registered Dietitian…

Produce for the Seasons

  Spring is in full swing – the weather is improving, the days are…

Balance your Smoothie!

    Smoothies are refreshing, convenient and nutritious meals or snacks on-the-go. One of my favourite things…

Reducing Food Waste

Does anyone else feel a slight twinge in their chest when you’re forced to throw out…

Spice Things up this New Year!

It’s that time of the year again! With the New Year often comes a desire for a fresh start or just change in general, and so you’re probably starting to…

Home(made) for the Holidays

Festive music fills the stores, lights are strung all over the city and your monthly calendar seems to…

Fall for Fibre

Let’s talk fibre. Recently, fibre has become one of the most talked about nutrients in food blogs and food guides alike. It’s an essential nutrient, but…

Beat the Treat

Every Halloween, kids get decked out in their favourite costumes and prepare for the trek around the neighbourhood with one thing in mind: candy…and…

DIY: Natural Food Colouring (Blue, Red and Purple)

Food colouring can add that essential touch to perfect the look you are going for, especially for baked goods and treats. Food dyes are commonly found…

Healthy Halloween Treats 2017

Last year I had so much fun creating my Healthy Halloween Treats blog post, that I couldn’t resist making another one this…

Back to School Survival: Meal Prep Made Easy

With summer coming to an end, this can only mean one thing for parents: back to school madness! Between early mornings and shuttling kids to…

Beat the Heat: 5 Ways to Eat Healthy This Summer

Summertime is synonymous with patio drinks, barbeques, pool parties and other indulgences that arise when the good weather shows up. These temptations…

’Tis the Season to Buy Local

Summertime is finally here, and for me that means weekend trips to the local farmers’ market. The farmers’ market is a great place to buy…

Meatless Monday Madness!

What are Meatless Mondays, you ask? This decade old concept suggests planning a meal without meat one day a week: Mondays! This campaign originated out…

How to Make a Balanced Smoothie

Smoothies are refreshing, convenient and nutritious meals or snacks on-the-go. One of my favourite things about smoothies are the…

Nutrition Spotlight: Quinoa

Have you ever tried quinoa? Do you know how to cook it? Did you know that NASA considered quinoa as a desirable food for long-term space flights…

All About Avocados: How to Choose, Open, Ripen, and Use this Nutrient Packed Fruit!

This nutrient packed creamy fruit, also known as the alligator pear, is an amazing addition to your diet! Read on for tips and tricks for choosing, ripening,…

New Year, New Nutrition

I hope you had a very happy holiday season and a memorable 2016! With the start of the New Year, many of you may be reflecting on what you…

3 Festive & Healthy Holiday Recipes

Skip the endless baking this holiday season and tempt your friends and family with some healthy treats. Impress your guests by turning everyday…

Healthy Holiday Eating

With fresh snow on the ground and decorations aplenty – it’s holiday season, and that means sweets and treats wherever you go! Whether…

Cold Season Cures

It’s November and you know what that means… cold season is among us! Nothing is worse than catching a bad cold – sore throat, low energy,…

Healthy Halloween Treats

With the end of October approaching, Halloween is on most children’s minds. There is excitement around costumes, decorations and the endless amounts…

Pass the Pumpkin Please!

October is finally here which means it is pumpkin season! At this time of year, we find ourselves surrounded by pumpkin-flavoured treats such…

Back to School Nutrition

The summer has flown by and it’s now September! The thought that commonly comes along with this month is, what will I pack the kids for lunch this…

Hydration for Health

With the extremely warm weather on the rise, it’s a helpful reminder to stay hydrated! Hydration is important not only during the summer months, but…

Take Control of Cancer in April

April is an exciting month to take control of cancer for several reasons: It is the National Cancer Control Month April 7th is World Health…

Does Sugar Feed Cancer?

Does sugar feed cancer? This is one of the most common questions in the world of nutrition and oncology. The short answer to this question is no,…

Antioxidants to Your Rescue!

You may have heard the term antioxidant and if so, you most likely heard it in the same sentence as cancer prevention. But, how do antioxidants really…

Eat your fruits & veggies – and learn why!

I’m sure you can recall a time when you were told to eat your vegetables and fruit. But have you ever asked yourself Why? Why are these foods…

Emily’s Plate

My name is Emily Fitzgerald and I have recently had the pleasure of joining the team at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. As this is my…

Cancer Coaching Location

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