May 2014 Blogs

The Relationship Between Food & Culture – A Dietitian's Story

By Cathy Walsh, RD

One of the most enjoyable parts of my job as a diabetes educator with the Women’s and Newborn Health program at the IWK Health Centre is my exposure to patients from diverse cultural backgrounds. In the past year and a half I have provided care to many patients with diabetes, in particular gestational diabetes. I have also had the pleasure of meeting many women and families who have immigrated to the Maritimes from all over the world.


Finding Halal Cuisine in Nova Scotia

 By Sura Hadad

What are some of the key elements of halal cuisine?


The word halal translates in Arabic to mean lawful or permissible. Halal foods are those which are allowed under Islamic dietary laws. It refers not only to the ingredients themselves but also how foods are prepared. For example, halal cuisine must be both alcohol and pork free. In addition the meat (beef, lamb, chicken, etc.) must be slaughtered to halal standards.

A Little Taste of Colombia in Nova Scotia

By Elaine Horne Duarte, RD

I love food. I love cooking. I love the diversity of foods can be found in Nova Scotia. I love that I have had the opportunity to experience food and culture in Colombia and now I am able to share the wonderful tastes and flavours with my family and friends.


Backcountry Camping:  Eating Well While Camping

By Landon Brown – SKGABC Guide

April showers brings May flowers! That is true for the east coast this spring. Even with the rain we shouldn't let it dampen our spirits. Taking time for a planned trip in our natural world is a great way to feel alive. Leaving you're kitchen behind doesn't mean that your health has to suffer though. The best meals I've enjoyed have been sitting around a fire with black bears feeding on salmon a few hundred metres away or serving breakfast on a remote beach with gray whales dining in kelp beds out front.


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