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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What Overcoming My Nerves To Have A Nautical Adventure Taught Me

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2014 | 10:10 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 | 5:24 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 | 5:59 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 | 5:23 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 | 4:04 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 | 9:26 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 | 11:26 AM

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 | 11:07 AM

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 | 3:44 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 | 3:10 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 | 4:00 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 | 11:23 AM

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 | 12:19 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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Would You Leave Your City Life to Live on a Farm? These Two Did

(4) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Oh, we've all thought about it, we city worker folk...selling it all and moving to a farm. But I am actually meeting people who have DONE it. Do they regret it? Do they love it? Are they making money? What do you have to think about before your make such...

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How to Pick a Date

(0) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 12:12 PM

You just gotta love being able to respond to an email request for a coffee date with "I'm in Yuma, Arizona with the Natural Delights Medjool Date people, 50 feet up a date tree, harvesting the most delicious, nutritious natural snack!" Okay, it is a bit obnoxious, but...

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Before You Puff an E-Cigarette, Read This

(8) Comments | Posted September 1, 2013 | 4:54 PM

Step on a crack, you break your mother's back.

Step on an e-cigarette and it may burn you.

This morning on CTV News Channel, I discussed the dangers of e-cigarettes and it got me a flurry of "feedback," mostly from those who have quit smoking using them.

E-cigarettes...

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Chef Michael Smith's Back to School Food Tips

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 4:34 PM

No one knows how the back to school juggle like uber busy chef, TV personality, writer, environmentalist and dad Michael Smith. He wraps up his day religiously at 4 p.m. to make dinner for the family. He really does. And he uses this time to prepare other meals...

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How to Avoid Food Poisoning

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 11:28 AM

There have been over 100 reports at the CNE this year of food poisoning. There are 4 million cases in Canada each year, many of them unreported, most of them at home but when a high profile, beloved summer tradition is hit, it is big news. So far, the cronut...

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Want Healthy Kids? Cook with Them!

(4) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 9:06 AM

You want to know how to raise a healthy eater? Be one. And teach your kids to cook. Oh, yes, it slows you down and it's a drag but in the long run, having a kid who can cook does as many good things for you and your household as...

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Six Great Foods For Your Health

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 12:21 PM

The health science community is abuzz with a thing called telelomeres (tea-low-mere-z) that are in every cell in your body and are an indication of the aging process. The discovery of telomeres won the Nobel Prize in 2009 and now they can be tested. Do you want to know if...

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