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Asparagus is in Town!

No one in Ontario can deny that spring is here when local asparagus arrives in the stores. I’m grateful for asparagus from Mexico but when spring arrives I anxiously wait for the stores to announce that local Ontario asparagus is ready to eat. Green is the most common...

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Together is Better

Recently I attended a leadership conference with the theme “Together is Better”. We all received a book called “Together is Better – a Little Book of Inspiration” by Simon Sinek. In the book Sinek uses a playground as metaphor for the organizations we might work for,...

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In my garden, I found… sage!

In my garden, I found… sage!

I have a very small garden with some favourite herbs.  One of them is sage.  I love sage, both watching it grow in my garden and, to eat.  The best flavour description is "pine-like" with hints of eucalyptus and citrus.  It has a great aroma too.  Sage pairs well with...

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The Optimist Creed

If you are a regular reader of our blogs, you will remember the Welcome Blog (July 2015) in which I told readers they could expect a variety of blog topics, including some that are more personal, with our overall goal to write about things that are interesting,...

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It Might Not Be the Gluten After All!

This is a follow up of sorts to an earlier post, Dec 19, 2016, on the Gluten-Free Dilemma and how we manage gluten-free diets in our nursing homes. Today, an interesting article crossed my desk about a new study determining a link between a protein in wheat that may...

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The Road That Took Us Here

Today, we celebrate National Dietitians’ Day. Many of us who are Registered Dietitians experienced an untold journey getting to where we are now and today encourages us to reflect on this. My journey started early. Since I was about 13 years old, I have wanted to...

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For the love of bread!

For the love of bread!

It’s been almost a full year since I started my journey baking sourdough bread. It’s the feeling of true accomplishment and self-gratification I get when I open that cast iron lid and see my loaf of bread that rose up tall, round, and crispy. Actually, it's the first...

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Gluten Free Dilema

I expect gluten free meal planning is here to stay.   When it comes to menu planning in long term care facilities this often presents challenges.  A consumer can pop into the grocery store and find a variety of options,  but it's not always that easy for us. We...

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I Read it on the Internet

The internet is an wonderful invention.  You can find almost anything on the internet.  I use it daily for work and nowadays for doing research as well. Most of our professional journals and information are on the web. I rarely get paper journals anymore.  But what...

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“What I would want in a retirement home”

I've been spending some vacation time with my mother this summer and have enjoyed being able to do some creative cooking. Last night we had lime and tarragon marinated chicken, a cantaloupe salsa and an interesting radish and cherry stir fry with bok choy.  I wasn't...

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Vegetarianism in Long Term Care

With today's ever changing community profile, there is an increased need to incorporate new diet types into Long Term Care (LTC) dining.  These new diets not only have to meet nutritional requirements, but are also required to meet resident preferences and religious...

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Mobility, the Elderly and Vitamin D

My blog this time is a bit more clinical and related to research in the area of the mobility and the elderly.  Even though at J.O. and A. we focus on food, as dietitians we are looking at how this food, along with the menus we plan, affects the overall health status...

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Registered Dietitian Position Available

We have a position available for a Registered Dietitian to join our team in the Hamilton-Brantford area for 25 hours a month in a 50-bed long term care home.   Must be a member of the College of Dietitians of Ontario and carry professional insurance. Certified...

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Juicing: What to do with the leftovers

Catherine here again. I return with a follow up to my first blog (New to Juicing) to discuss what to do with the leftovers (pulp) you have created. Unlike blending used to create smoothies, juicing removes all the fibrous portions of the fruits and vegetables you have...

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New to Juicing

Catherine here with my first blog for J. Oulton and Associates.  I have been working for JO and A for five years now as a clinical RD and educator/trainer for dietitians and interns.  Education, specifically nutrition education, is my passion.  I love to learn and...

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Introducing Catherine Rose-Loveless

Catherine Rose-Loveless is a Registered Dietitian and our clinical lead and consultant educator.  She comes to us from the east coast.  Catherine's passion for educating and mentoring became apparent shortly after she joined our team.  She supports the practices of...

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One of My Favorite Foods

I grew up learning that nuts were high in fat and calories and to be avoided if one was trying to watch their weight.  In our house (of all girls) nuts were only seen at Christmas time and they sat in a large bowl, in the shell.  Having to crack them open tended to...

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Just a Thought…

We may look different, but we are all the same inside... Many long term care facilities are very multicultural.  One I know of has 25 languages represented.  Everyone needs to eat though and it is our job to cater to the many cultures to the best of our abilities.

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Ice Cream, a Classic Comfort Food

I love ice cream...always have and suspect I always will.  Ice cream is a classic comfort food for many and that includes the residents that we plan our menus for.  The reason for this blog topic is because several years ago, in 2009 to be exact, my husband and I...

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Food Related Illnesses

I was listening to the news on my way to work earlier this week and heard about a gastrointestinal illness in Canada. Being my curious self I wanted to know more. Turns out most of the illnesses were reported in Toronto and, according to the story, it was likely...

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Current Research on Artificial Sweeteners…

My first blog entry made it before the welcome entry and I will be continuing on the topic of Food and Farming Terms as we go along but, for today, I want to start looking at the subject of sweeteners, in particular, artificial sweeteners. There was a full page...

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Welcome to our blog….

We at J. Oulton and Associates are joining the world of blogging.   Why? Well because every once in a while we come across things that we think are useful and interesting and we like to share them. It could be something related to our business, maybe a bit of research...

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