Theresa Albert
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Theresa Albert, Food Communications Specialist, Toronto Nutritionist

Theresa’s French Canadian influences are a part of her “no bologna” style as everything is on the table...not just the dinner. She has the unique ability to distill complex health concepts into simple, savvy steps to improve any lifestyle choice. Because she wants to have it all too, she gets to the point with humor and truth.

Theresa is a sought after media commentator and lifestyle pundit on many topics with a particular fascination with human relationships with food and culture. Her words can be read in such esteemed publications as The Toronto Star, Metro News, Today’s Parent, Canadian Living and Canadian Family, Best Health and Shape Magazine. Her opinions voiced on CTV Newschannel, CBC and Global are always informative, thoughtful and entertaining. She has two books published in Canada and the US: Cook Once a Week, Eat Well Every Day and Ace Your Health, 52 Ways to Stack Your Deck.

She can be found on twitter as @theresaalbert and at www.myfriendinfood.com
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Entries by Theresa Albert

How to Clean Your House, Naturally

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 11:43 AM

Of course you want to have your house clean for the holidays! Even though we know our company comes to see us and not our dust bunnies, it is a matter of pride to open a home that sparkles. But what is clean? Sure we've become more aware of the...

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Where to Play, Stay and Eat in Ottawa

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 5:20 PM

On a recent trip to Ottawa, I fashioned a dining options hypothesis. It came the night of, let's call it, Theresa-locks and the three restaurants...

There is a sliding scale on a continuum that begins with great food and conducive ambiance on one end and crap you can't or shouldn't...

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How to Protect Yourself From Expired and Repackaged Meat

(9) Comments | Posted November 27, 2014 | 6:22 PM

On my way to CTV Ottawa's Morning show, I quipped that I should check the headlines to be sure chicken wasn't in the news. I was going to talk about how to economically cut up a whole chicken to save money and time but raw chicken is normally not something...

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Where To Eat, Stay and Play in Chicago

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 2:40 PM

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The exploration of Chicago requires a good pair of shoes and a good few days a couple of times a year, ideally. On the weekend that I visited, I had every experience from watching Nick Walenda brave the high wire in...

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Promote a Healthier Halloween Without Getting Your House Egged

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 6:38 PM

Here comes the sugar rush. You know how much fun it was for you to trick or treat and you want the kids to have the same kind of fun. Only now, you know that sugar is really bad for them and it isn't "just a treat" anymore. Kids these...

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Quiz: Are You Living Your Ideal Lifestyle?

(5) Comments | Posted October 5, 2014 | 11:41 PM

Time's up! What happens when you hit the back half of your life? You look around and decide that either:

A. You love the way you live

B. You are on a lifestyle path that isn't quite right for you

This stunning awareness predates "retirement," because you still...

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Learning to Rely Upon the Kindness of Strangers in Georgian Bay

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 1:02 PM

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On my Sea-Doo ride around Georgian Bay this summer, I was struck with the truth that restoration can happen through the kindness of humans. Being a weary traveler with few provisions and in need of food, gas and a bed meant meeting people...

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What Overcoming My Nerves To Have A Nautical Adventure Taught Me

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2014 | 11:10 AM

I am new to the nautical life in all ways but the wardrobe; I can rock a striped cardigan like nobody's business. I had no idea what was to come when I decided to take an offer for an Ontario water adventure -- so I jumped in. Or rather, jumped...

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Read This Before You Go On a Cleanse

(7) Comments | Posted August 18, 2014 | 6:24 PM

"Should I go on a cleanse?" is one of the most common questions I hear in private practice and my answer is always another question: "what for?" If your goal is to "clean your liver", or lose weight then; no. If your goal is to reset, commit to your health,...

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5 Ways to Make Sure You Have a Great Trip With the Girls

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 6:59 PM

I would argue that it is critical for women to get away together just to yak, eat, shop and laugh. There is something about the perfectly pampered weekend that supports our endeavors the rest of the year. The elements of successful travel with the girls differ greatly from those of...

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How to Support Bees

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 6:23 PM

It really is the bee's knees being on the rooftop of an urban icon like the Royal York Hotel sharing the skyline with nature's most critical being. Nope, not humans, in the big picture, we are dispensable.

Bees. For some time, the Royal York Hotel has housed...

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5 Superfoods Of The Future

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 5:04 PM

These five foods may not be mainstays in your diet now. But these nutritional powerhouses are the superfoods of the future.

1. Seaweed

The 411: Whole seaweed is wrapped around your sushi and served as a snack; it's also used as a thickener, listed as "carrageenan" on package labels....

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The 7 Elements of a Perfect Mother-Daughter Spring Break

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 10:26 AM

Spring Break! The very phrase conjures up a picture of bikini-clad beach parties and none too fun for mom to imagine scenes of debauchery. Not exactly a break for anyone. My plan was to go a different route and I didn't get any pushback from my 18-year-old or her co-psych...

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Is There A 'Best' Way of Eating and Dieting?

(0) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 12:26 PM

A one-size fits all conventional diet is not for everyone which is just one of the flaws in Canada's Food Guide (or any other country's). We're all so different, so why would we all eat the same way? I am seeing an increase in "food segmentation." These are...

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Want to Lose Weight in 2014? Make Your Own Rules (But Stick to Them)

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 12:07 PM

If you don't want to get the "you said that last year" eye roll from your friends or spouse, you have to change it up. Stop making resolutions that are too broad and that fizzle by February. If you really want to change your life, make rules.

Make the goal...

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Holiday Food Grinch: Which Foods to Avoid

(1) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 4:44 PM

Well, I have been accused of being the food Grinch before so I may as well continue to take away the things you love. But it for your own good!

Do you have any idea how many calories are in some of the ubiquitous foods on the holiday table?...

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Beware of Bad Bed & Breakfasts

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2013 | 4:10 PM

Everyone dreams of enjoying a B and B in a bucolic town amongst other weary, cheery strangers. Oh, the happy discourse over breakfast and the world travellers coming together to share laughter and ideas. But does it always go down this way? Are there common mistakes made that you could...

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Forks Up to Fight Breast Cancer

(3) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 5:00 PM

Helping others has proven to be one of the key ways to relieve stress and create happiness. Canada's top chefs are poised to make that easier for you. Be one of the top 50 fundraisers and you can have the chance to cook with the likes of Lynn Crawford, Chuck...

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How Not to Gobble Gobble Yourself to Weight Gain This Thanksgiving

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2013 | 12:23 PM

Much of the disastrous 10 pounds per decade (that is suspected of being the foundation of our obesity crisis) is acquired between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Regardless of your familial background, there are more gatherings, celebrations and opportunities to eat at this time of year. Navigating them so you can enjoy...

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Fresh Canteen Makes it Easy to Cook at Home

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2013 | 1:19 PM

Let's just pretend I am working a lot, living alone (or with one other person), and the kids are out. Let's say I love to cook and learn new recipes, but that I have no time to search, plan, or shop for the food to do so. What do I...

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