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.theresaalbert.com

Entries by Theresa Albert

Critters That Might Be Lurking in Your Food

(1) Comments | Posted July 3, 2015 | 5:07 PM

I inadvertently ate a worm that was living in my cereal, I think. It was squirming, really. Which grossed me out beyond words but it got me to thinking...what are the dangers lurking in our cupboards? Are mealworms like the ones that ruined my snack dangerous parasites? What about those...

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Three Ways to Reduce Your Sugar Consumption

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 12:32 PM

Sugar is the new sodium, reviled for its evilness. It is contributing to the rise of everything from diabetes to Fatty Liver Disease, according to The Canadian Liver Foundation. The World Health Organization suggests that you reduce not only "added sugar" but also "naturally...

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6 Tips to Keep You Fit This Summer

(2) Comments | Posted May 21, 2015 | 6:07 PM

It's almost summer!

Victoria Day weekend signals the start of outdoor play time, vodka coolers and lemony beers plus snacks on the deck. Before we start, I want you to try on your shorts from last year (the ones with a waistband!) I can wait.

Whether they fit...

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Some Gluten-Free Products That Are Good and Good for You

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 12:15 PM

Hands up if you met someone who has gone "gluten-free" and rolled your eyes. I know I have. The gluten-free craze has swept us off our feet and right onto our heads causing confusion and misinformation. the Celiac Awareness Foundation estimates that 1 per cent is truly Celiac...

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What You Need to Know Before Foraging for Leeks

(1) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 12:50 PM

No one loves finding out that they have made an error, but it is amplified when you have made it in indelible ink. I'm not talking about tattoo regret, I mean in print. I wrote a column in Metro about wild leeks and had feedback from three different...

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Jane Goodall Questions the Safety of GMOs

(31) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 12:37 PM

I am a lucky gal! Who even gets to meet Jane Goodall (of the gorilla fame) to hear about the issues that remain on her mind now in her 80s? What an opportunity to try to understand the big planet picture from the perspective of a legendary octogenarian earth lover....

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How The App 'Pass The Table' Cured My Culinary Boredom

(0) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 11:44 AM

I'm so bored. This winter has kicked the culinary adventure right out of me -- and that's normally the last thing to go. Just in time, I learned about a new app called Pass the Table and jumped in on a dinner.

For some reason, I get lots...

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Is It Safe To Eat Cereal Again?

(4) Comments | Posted March 1, 2015 | 2:04 PM

During the industrial revolution, the rich ate meat and eggs for breakfast and the poor ate gruel. Neither extreme is a fully nourishing way to start a day so physician and eccentric Midwesterner, Dr John Harvey Kellogg had his own ideas about how to fix this. His "healthy diet" ideas...

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Eat Peaches for Vitamin E

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2015 | 4:49 PM

You know how you are cleaning out a drawer and you find duplicates of a tool that you use every day without thought? Why I had three can openers in my kitchen tools was a mystery but it set me to thinking. When the wee genius was even invented, I...

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Why Is KFC Trying To Give Us New Ways to Kill Ourselves?

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2015 | 10:50 AM

It's shameful, really, that KFC keeps finding new ways for us to kill ourselves. Double down dog. Go on, I double dog dare you to ingest it. It is only available in the Philippines for now and nutrition facts are not available. That is only one thing that flies in...

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What To Look Out For On a Food Label When Grocery Shopping

(3) Comments | Posted January 18, 2015 | 10:04 AM

Labels are critical to help you keep track of your things. The same is true of the food labels that appear on every package in North American and there are certain standards that must be followed by law.

There are also private systems that have been designed which may...

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Does Fast Food Affect Academic Performance?

(5) Comments | Posted December 28, 2014 | 10:23 AM

Sometimes studies that hit the newsfeed get me incensed. With a sexy title and a shallow but sweeping statement like: "Fast Food Linked to Poorer Academic Outcomes in Children", who wouldn't click and read? I mean, if there is one big boogey man to be blamed for all...

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How to Clean Your House, Naturally

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 10:43 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 | 4:20 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 | 5:22 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 | 1:40 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 | 5:38 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 | 10:41 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 | 12:02 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 | 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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