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So the more you cook your own meals, the more you can avoid added calories, salt, sugars, trans fats and other less-healthy nutrients often found in processed foods and meals served in restaurants or fast-food joints, which lead to the aforementioned risk factors. Luckily you don’t need to become Julia Child overnight in order to cook. To help you start your new year with a bang, I checked in with 27 of my registered dietitian colleagues to get their best out-of-the-box-tips for healthy eating. Hydrate with lemon water.

To counteract the extra sodium that often accompanies restaurant meals, hydrate with a refreshing, no-calorie beverage: lemon water. “A squeeze of lemon in your water adds a natural detoxifying agent and eases digestion after a large meal,” explains Krauss. 3 hours ago · Dietitians Reveal Nine Healthy Benefits of Eating Ghost Peppers. Once you learn the benefits of the peppers, you will be interested in learning how to eat them. Some ideas are listed below, but remember to use caution.

Cooking also gives dietitians more experience seasoning foods with big flavor, low-calorie pungents and aromatics such as alliums (eg, garlic, shallots, scallions), spices, and citrus zests. These items offer many health benefits and few, if any, negatives. (Please ignore my garlic breath; I’m just being healthy.). “Cheap oils like soybean, corn oil, and cottonseed oil are highly processed, contain high amounts of pro-inflammatory omega-6 saturated fats, and offer very little heart-healthy omega-3s. Instead of using these fats in your cooking, switch to avocado or coconut oil, which have both been shown to aid weight loss.

Look for the Heart-Check mark to easily identify foods that can be part of an overall healthy eating pattern. More Tips. Healthy Swaps for Common Foods Healthy home cooking and smart shopping puts you in control of what goes into your recipes and your body. Follow these healthy guidelines to update your eating style and improve your nutrition profile.

3. Develop a top 10 recipes list. Create a list of your best recipes divided into food categories, such as salads, side dishes, entrées, and desserts, as a resource for clients. 4. Provide cooking tips.

Tell clients how to prepare grilled chicken breast and whole grain pasta tossed with tomatoes and olive oil, for example. 5. Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating. Food, Fun & Misc.

December 14th, Healthy Substitutions When Cooking at Home. Sara Glanz, MS, RD, LD, CNSC worked as a traveling dietitian for Dietitians On Demand for two years before joining the team as the corporate dietitian. In this role, she has championed the continuing education program to empower.

Toss, freeze, or donate those food items, and then restock with whole, unprocessed foods emphasizing vegetables, fruits, legumes, lean protein, and healthy fats. I like to set a date for when I will clean those less healthy foods out.

List of related literature:

Cookbooks and measurements are good guides, but use your own creativity and trust yourself to cook well without them.

“Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition” by Paul Pitchford
from Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition
by Paul Pitchford
North Atlantic Books, 2002

This was specialized health care knowledge, only available to those who could read, and offered dietary, philosophical, and spiritual advice along with a guide to cooking, serving, and eating food with the appropriate manners (Goody 1982, 103–6; Flandrin 2000, 365).

“Eating Culture: An Anthropological Guide to Food” by Gillian Crowther
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by Gillian Crowther
University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division, 2013

• Expose food to as little air as possible; keep prepared vegetables, fruits, and juices covered and airtight; cut and manipulate food as little as possible; and keep lids on pans while cooking.

“Foundations and Adult Health Nursing E-Book” by Kim Cooper, Kelly Gosnell
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by Kim Cooper, Kelly Gosnell
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2018

Part 1 is full of handy information and tips for keto cooks—both those who love to spend time in the kitchen and those who would rather be doing anything but cooking.

“Quick & Easy Ketogenic Cooking: Meal Plans and Time Saving Paleo Recipes to Inspire Health and Shed Weight” by Maria Emmerich
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by Maria Emmerich
Victory Belt Publishing, 2017

And since this is a book about healthy eating, I’m happy to tell you we have discovered many new and exciting ways to prepare healthy and delicious foods!

“The Hallelujah Diet” by George H. Malkmus, Peter Shockey, Stowe Shockey
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by George H. Malkmus, Peter Shockey, Stowe Shockey
Destiny Image Publishers, 2006

Many recipes also include shopping tips to help you find the healthiest, most appropriate ingredients for that recipe.

“Straight Up Food: Delicious and Easy Plant-based Cooking without Salt, Oil or Sugar” by Cathy Fisher
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by Cathy Fisher
Green Bite Publishing, 2016

Healthy cooking techniques are described in Chapter 3.

“Culinary Nutrition: The Science and Practice of Healthy Cooking” by Jacqueline B. Marcus
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by Jacqueline B. Marcus
Elsevier Science, 2013

By learning to think about how healthy different foods are, my clients have the tools to navigate those meals.

“Foundations for Community Health Workers” by Timothy Berthold
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by Timothy Berthold
Wiley, 2016

In an effort to help those who still wanted to do some cooking but found it too time-consuming, my last three books were designed for quick, healthful, fromscratch meals: Keep It Simple, 20-Minute Menus, and Eating Well Is the Best Revenge.

“The New Elegant But Easy Cookbook” by Lois Levine, Marian Burros
from The New Elegant But Easy Cookbook
by Lois Levine, Marian Burros
Simon & Schuster, 2008

This approach can be a boon for beginners— who have enough to worry about anyway—which is why the recipes in this book focus on single dishes and not menus or anything other than basic serving suggestions.

“How to Cook Everything The Basics: All You Need to Make Great Food-With 1,000 Photos” by Mark Bittman
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by Mark Bittman
HMH Books, 2012

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  • I’m so glad someone else shares my opinion on the Canada’s food guide just… not including certain cultural foods. I’ve rarely seen a single western healthy eating site make mention of our traditional foods (daikon, bitter melon, yu choy, bean sprouts, garlic shoots, bamboo shoots, yam, snow fungus… the list goes on and on) and instead opt for the classic western vegetables such as carrots, celery and kale. The best I ever got was bok choy. It made me feel far from “normal” and “healthy” because I was rarely eating any of the vegetables that these sources made mention of.
    This especially affected me because these traditional foods take up most of my dietwe stir-fry them with soy sauce and call it a day. Not to mention that “filling half your plate” isn’t really applicable to our family, eitherwe eat out of several communal plates. The only thing we ever measure out for ourselves are the starches (we call them zhushimeaning “main food”) and soups. Everything else is scavenged via chopsticks. We eat a lot more grains than the average Canadian household. Any cooking method other than stir-frying vegetables and steaming buns and grains are practically unheard of. Seeing my eating habits clash with what the “healthy” recommendations are made me anxious that I was eating wrong.
    I don’t expect Canada’s food guide to include all of our and every other culture’s traditional foodsThere’s a reason it’s “Canada’s food guide” and not “Earth’s food guide”. However, I feel there is at least space for some more representation or at least a mention of cultural foods and traditions that don’t fit with the western standard.

  • 5:16 if this is intended as a guide for new arrivals so to speak, shouldn’t it focus on foods that are readily (and cheaply?) available for people coming to Canada? I’m German so I don’t know about the situation there but to me it would make much more sense if the guide showed me healthy sources of nutrition that are available in my new home rather than include w/e I was eating. For example maybe if my diet from home included a grain that is common there but extremely expensive or rare in Canada, wouldn’t it be more helpful if they instead showed me where I can get w/e suitable replacement is available and affordable in Canada?

    I know inclusion is important but this feels like a more complicated issue here depending on the goal of the guide.

  • Mate, how will the guide not make sense to other cultures, bok choy is a vegetable! it says half your plate should be vegetables, does Canada need to educate the new comers that bok choy is a vegetable, just because they are immigrants don’t make them stupid! Jesus, it basically virtue signalling.
    I don’t live in Canada but I recognise all the groups on that plate, I know what a beans, vegetables and meat are! I don’t need a special plate for my culture.

  • Great video! Considering culture, access and privilege is so important when considering diet. As a vegan, I often have to argue with other vegans about cultures who consume meat out of necessity. Also, I see a lot of people complaining about the background music. I personally like it. Anyway, these videos are some of my absolute favorites! You’re funny, educational, and engaging. Thanks Abby!

  • Can you make a video with recommendations on a well balanced plant based lifestyle? Like how do you make that happen? I’m a bit new to eating plant based and I want to make sure I’m taking care of myself but a lot of videos on plant based lifestyle don’t truly cover it

  • 7 years ago when I turned 60 I completely changed my diet. When possible I choose local, organic and seasonal vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. I choose pastured, grass fed meats, free range poultry and eggs and wild fish. I eliminated wheat, processed vegetable oils and added sugars and reduced dairy products significantly except for full fat Greek yogurt and goat cheese. I added fermented foods like sauerkraut. For cooking I use coconut oil and ghee. My treats are dark chocolate and a glass of red wine a few days each week. I dropped40 lbs., blood pressure and blood lipids are great and I take no medication. Do not fear saturated fats rather focus on eliminating sugar and foods that turn into sugar when digested (breads, pastries, pastas). Try eating this way for a month and you will feel amazing.

  • She should change her name Unhealthy Emmie. I’m also yet to find any information about her so-called qualifications as a “nutritionist” ��

  • I love love love that you mentioned how the guidelines should be more multicultural!!! I’m a historian and I don’t know if you know this but historically “healthy food” recommendations have been used to force assimilation and acculturation of indigenous and immigrant groups. For example in residential schools indigenous children were forced to eat a “healthy” Western diet so they would lose connection with their cultural foodways. In NYC during the early 1900s Italians were discouraged from eating garlic, Ashkenazi Jews were forbidden from bringing pickles for lunch in some public schools. Throughout the US, Settlement Houses branded themselves as immigrant assistance organizations, and though they did help, they also pushed assimilation and acculturation, one of the ways they did that was by encouraging women to learn to cook in an “American” way, even giving out cooking classes and cookbooks

  • I totally agree that their website isn’t very intuitive. seems more to be designed to force you to click further and read rather than content centric and easily accessible. which i feel is a bad thing.

  • I find it awful that you want to incorporate bok choy, in the food guide. The stuff is terrible, and if you want to incorporate ‘diversity’ its a whole lot of food. Lets stick to our Canadian culture, not everyone can stomach bok choy! This was Canada’s Food Guide, and it has the right to be Canadian cultural. No bok choy, none of the stuff that was from this food guide makes sense! Its against milk and ‘real’ protein.. I don’t understand who is behind this propaganda! If you like bok choy, you eat it, but don’t put this smelly vegetable in Canada’s food guide!

  • I would love to see a video reviewing and comparing food guides/dietary recommendations from different countries! Also after your most recent video talking about your past dealing with orthorexia, I would be really keen to see a video of what you eat in a week. I think it would be really helpful to see what a dietician, specifically one who has dealt with disordered eating in the past, eats as part of a healthy and balanced diet.

  • The half your plate is a much better guide but has some minor flaws like you pointed out. Where are the healthy oils and potatoes aren’t a vegetable were the kinds of things I picked up on.

  • In Finland we don’t have serving sizes we have had the plate model at least my whole life (I’m 27). School walls are always plastered with posters of how to eat and how half of the plate is supposed to be for vegetables, quarter for protein sources and the last quarter for carbohydrates and the drink is either milk (or milk substitute) or water. We are a meat and potato kind of country, have always been, but the government has for decades made an effort to get Finns eat more diverse food and it shows.

  • Fantastic review of the new guide!! I’m trying to get a handle on my eating habits and the guide is where I started to get an idea of what to do. I also had issues with the website trying to find the info, but I did find the information easy to “digest” and make changes. Thank you for pointing out the lack of cultural representation as well. It should be more inclusive. Hopefully they hear feedback like yours and they keep improving it. Subscribed!

  • I love how you mentioned the cultural aspect of the food guide!!!! I was raised in a primarily latin American household and I didnt see half the fruit and veg i was raised on in the food guide.

  • I liked the old food guide better. I feel like I’m more likely to hit my macros and micros that way. Plus I like measuring my food. It was a lot of food though (2000+ calories a day). I don’t exercise a lot, so that’s way too many calories for me. I aim for about 1500 right now, as I’m trying to lose weight. Will definitely aim for more if I start exercising more.

  • Totally agree with the cultural implications of this and this is certainly something all countries could improve on. What does a balanced indian/Mexican/Chinese dish look like? Most of us eat these things regularly. How can we incorporate sauces that are within recommendations? All food for thought! On the whole though, kudos to Canada. I think the British NHS is still recommending 60-70% carbs if you can believe that!

  • the Australian one is okay, they do mention alternative proteins, milk alternatives etc, but the proportions are kinda wack. 1/3 Veg 1/3 grains and starches, less than 1/4 proteins, dairy has a whole section for itself (which is nonsense even if it includes plant based options) which is the same size as fruit, maybe about 1/6 each

  • I have complained for years that the Canadian government websites are incredibly archaic and need to be revamped to be more user friendly. I work off of these government websites every day, and obviously work on a computer every day, and I still find it difficult to navigate �� But love the new food guide! ❤️

  • looking at Emmie’s pics on Instagram, she’s very skinny. Which is good. But if the above is her regular diet it’s gonna be hard to stick to for years and decades.
    my diet generally is the Masai diet. The Masai of Kenya are known for living only on products from cows: cream, milk, beef, and they also take blood from their cows without killing them and drink it or mix it with milk and drink it.
    In my case for about 15 years I’ve been living about 92% on fluid whipping cream, half-and-half, and whole, 2%, 1% and skim milk. My health is quite good:

  • its better than the old one but is still terrible,not nearly enough animal protein and fats, too much carbs not to mention ALL grains are bad for you even whole ones, its like they got all the info from the 90’s
    your ancestors didnt have access to 95% of this stuff especially if there from a place that snows its much easier for you to get diabetes from fruits its actually healthier to eat mostly animal products assuming its not factory farmed or corn fed because animal organs have all the vitamins you need like vitamin c thats how humans survived for the last 200k+ years
    we really shouldn’t be eating anything we didn’t eat 10000 years ago not even rice its inflammatory and turns to sugar in your body

  • The Brazilian food guide is the gold standard one? Wow, I’m Brazilian and I had no idea! I’m definitely gonna go search for it asap!

  • I would like to see what your “Canada Food Guide” would look like. Can you please show us based on all of the aspects you’ve talked about on this video?

  • You point out some things I hadn’t considered and I do wish they went into more details. Like what does “majority of proteins from plants mean?” Do you they almost all or just like make sure around half for optimal health (if not vegan/vegetarian).

  • Good critique.. thank you.
    Accessibility.. all too often, those who design in-house Websites, never use them themselves. Even less ‘those in charge’.. except for being ‘hand-held’ through a Demo prior to implementation. The poor End User.. ��.

  • I don’t see how you can say HCLF veganism is not restrictive. If you want to that way, go right ahead! But you are not going to be eating like 80% of food that exists in the world. And that’s like the definition of restrictive.

  • Can you please do a video on diet tips for people with Gastroparesis? Please! It would mean the world to me and the community. We have a condition that paralyses our stomachs, so eating is very tough. I’d love some ideas on safe foods that will cause the least nausea, vomiting, pain and reflux. Fibre is supposed to be one of the main triggers. Please help me find some ideas for foods because I can’t keep weight on!

  • I wish you had elaborated on what Eurocentric food recommendations the Food Guide gave. I didn’t read the guide myself, but the “plate” graphic you shared in this video just looked like a pile of random food items. No recipes, European or otherwise, with the exceptions of the unidentifiable noodles (pasta? lo mein?) and the processed bread.

  • If you think “zucchini fries” have the “texture and bite” of real fries you’ve apparently never had a fry before. I haven’t even tried them, but speaking as a foodie who’s been cooking for over 3 decades, that’s way beyond impossible. That’s like giving me a block of cheddar, some rice, and a jar of peanut butter and expecting me to be able to somehow make something that resembles beef wellington out of it. It’s like when a vegan told me their soy “burgers” taste just like meat and I ended up dry heaving after one bite and then throwing the “burger” at them. There are ways to make healthy food that isn’t disgusting rabbit and/or bird food. As a foodie I find this video appalling. And for the record I’d rather die happy and full than live forever eating this absolute torture you ignorantly call food. I’d shoot myself after a week if I had to eat this stuff.

  • I definitely agree with a lot of the comments made, but I think the dietary guidelines, which isn’t part of the main report, may speak to some of the criticisms posed (e.g. on cultural representation) However, it seems like this is a separate comms product geared at professionals, though, so it probably wasn’t developed with the general Canadian audience in mind.

  • Really great video, but I really need other lowered volume on the background music or closed captions I have a really hard time focusing on what you’re saying, and YouTube’s automatic captions are very unreliable..

  • I used to eat like this back in 2014 up to 2016; and I remember lying to myself that it tastes good xD Now when I see these meals it makes me sick haha. Of course I lost a lot of weight without trying, because the food was sooo boring and plain, that I underate without even trying. I mean.. I couldn’t keep on eating 10 pounds of food per day each day. While I was at my skinniest (110 pounds) I was the most miserable and unhealthy. My body was crying for fats and protein. I remember eating plain raw tofu or seitan as a “cheat” meal (feeling bad about it!) and it tasted like heaven compared to boring starch. Never again! I prefer my now 127 pound body with lots of muscle and curves, while enjoying juicy steaks, avocado, eggs, butter, OIL!, nuts, seeds, cheese, milk, yoghurt, fruit, and sometimes even fried foods and chocolate.

  • Ma’am, sometimes I watch your videos, I never agreed with your opinions. Because you disqualify the work of holistic therapists and other points… HERE, you stimulate the curiosity to research. That’s great. For the first time I agree with your remarks on the subject presented. Congratulations and thank you.

  • There’s a crazy cult called “Universal Medicine,” and it comes with its own special diet. Would you care to review this?

  • I was going to subscribe after watching your video on freelee? But wanted to see what other content you had first. I’m glad I did because while I like your content I had to dislike this video due to the almost overwhelming volume of your “background” music. I’ll look at a few more but if the second is typical I’ll have to move on to something else.

  • I never get why fruits and veggies are grouped.. Veg is superior and you can get all the micro nutrients from veg without all the sugar of fruit. Fruit is so negligible. What people do then, is load up on the fruit bc they think it’s the same. Sure a little is ok but really if you’re gonna load up on one, veg should be on the forefront.

  • I can taste how tasteless the recipes are just by looking at them�� ooof! (*gag) That carrot cake oatmeal has potential, though…

  • I really appreciate you weighing in as a registered dietitian here on youtube. There is a harrowing amount of misinformation on youtube that masquerades as self help or advice, and you do a great job of breaking it down.

  • Why would we want to make room for meat and dairy on our plate. Meat and dairy is not good for you and you can get the same (and way more) nutrition with less cholesterol, fat, and salt with plant foods. Sure it “tastes good” but so does processes sugar…dosen’t mean I should make room for it at every meal.

  • Hey, I would love to get your point of view on these what i eat in a day video:


  • 05:44 Oh my gods, yes! I can barely make myself eat half a cup of oats! And I make it with herbal tea, some dried fruit, and some spice, usually cinnamon. I normally eat a fresh fruit with it, like an apple, and some nuts. But if I had to eat a whole cup of oats… I really don’t know that I would be able to

  • 1/8 of Canadian households are food insecure. Meanwhile, here in Arkansas, USA “Arkansas remains second highest in the nation at 17.3 percent of households…. Overall child food insecurity rate in Arkansas is 23.2% (164,000 children) 3rd worst in country.”

  • The idea that any food can effect the body’s pH is so frustrating. Thanks for the misinformation, Dr. Sabbey, you suck. The body doesn’t mess around when it comes to pH. A range from 7.35-7.45 is the ideal range and our bodies have a metabolic and respiratory system to ensure we stay there. Enough with this stupid idea of alkaline foods! I’m a respiratory therapist. I have strong feelings about pH.

  • Yay plates full of veggies impossible to get in nature! That has to be the right way to go!! No one else sees the logical fallacies in what she is saying?

  • vegan nwo diet has been pushed for many years. Raw grass fed or wild meat, fat, organs, pastured eggs, and some wild fish are nutritionally dense and digest perfectly. Eat what we were designed to, of which our ancestors and other thriving tribes. In nature, you would not access to these cultivated, and such an array of plant foods, they wouldn’t exist without man.

  • What Canadians actually reference the food guide for education? I’ve never heard of one, because no one cares. The majority of people understand that a variety of whole/real foods, such as animal and some plant based protein, healthy fats like avocado, olive oil, and nuts, vegetables, fruits, are the foods we should be consuming. Why is the government wasting our money on this? It’s completely unnecessary.

  • What’s your favorite Food Pyramid or Food Guide? You look stunning! Throw in some exercise videos please as exercise is a critical component of health and you really do look spectacular.

  • I would love to see you review Plantiful Kiki.
    I was just starting the Starch Solution diet and I was sooooo bloated and miserable! I do agree with more vegetables in our diets, but I also believe in balance!! I am so grateful for you, Abbey

  • how can we address different global dietary preferences if it relies on a globalist model of trade and commerce. If we want people to eat seasonally and locally. Shouldn’t we be focusing on transforming communities of all different ethnic backgrounds to eat as the locals do? I mean our food trade system isn’t going anywhere for some time in that we can get different nutrient sources in different seasons from our trade partners. I agree, the food guide should have tackled diet culture. Although we don’t have any good one broad solution to satisfy the average consumer when it comes to dietary advice. This largely is part of a bigger problem. One that Health Canada doesn’t quite have full control over. We have the Processed Foods sector using marketing and advertising tactics to entice consumers of a psychological level to buy their products. Then you have the Diet industry selling there plans to help people lose weight yet not ever reaching consensus on what diet is best for every person as a long term lifestyle. You also have the Pharmaceutical Industry, Medical Industry, Agricultural Industry, and Government all trying to achieve stability in their professions yet not willing to give up corruption that is highly prevalent in all sectors. We will never reach consensus ever. Not unless the everyday consumer can actually get out of the mental trap society has created for us. Yet as psychology develops. The different sectors will continue to secure their industry in financial stability.

  • Looks like the Canadian Food Guide got a lot of things right…too bad it’s hard to find and navigate through. Thanks for sharing!

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  • What always bothered me about the old Food Guide was that it was sponsored by Dairy Farmer’s of Canada. I don’t take nutritional information from people who have a piece of the industry they’re pushing on everyone.

  • in my experience, the best cheapest low calorie seasoning for rice is just mashed fresh tomatoes. They also cool down the rice and give some salty flavor.

  • I thought her channel was a ‘parody channel’ as the information she gives out about sugar for example is completely wrong and frankly dangerous should be titled ‘welcome to diabetes’.

  • There is NOTHING wrong with eating fully plant based. Emmie likes her food bland and that’s her business as long as she’s happy with it and healthy. You guys keep eating the dead animals and dairy and we will keep eating the foods our bodies are meant to have. ��

  • Okinawa diet is the concept of ‘hara hachi bu’, Confucian teaching that you should only eat until you are 80 per cent full.The Okinawa people eat rich omega 3 fish and eat pork which is highly prized in their diet but more of a special meal. They also eat a lot of plant based protein (soy aka tofu/ soy milk), and actually don’t eat as much rice as Emmie assumes, and the sweet potato variety is different from the ones she gets from her supermarket… different varieties of sweet potatoes from different regions actually have different ratios of nutrients.
    Traditionally Okinawa diet focuses on whole foods, around 30 per cent green and yellow veggies and smaller quantities of rice compared to mainland diets. I.e. Okinawa dish chanpuru, made with tofu, veggies, meat, or fish. Emmie has unfortunately misconstrued the information that she’s acquired about nutrient and also food culture… specially nutrient rich eating not being flavourful.

  • Such a nice surprise that you are Canadian!
    I am wondering if haven’t already if you could talk about the program where restaurant now have to display the caloric value of everything on their menu.
    There has been a lot of concern with in the eating disorders recovery community about how this is negatively impact people.
    Which I totally agree.
    Yes there may be some positives about this, but having access to this information on demand would be quite sufficient. Instead it is creating more anxiety around food for a large population of health,weight,fit, obsessed society and impressionable children and teens.
    I would be interested in hearing your thoughts.

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  • Hi, I have a question, then why Emmy is so lean, if she eats bunch of calories, as much as she likes, is it a fact that she is runner and burns most of them?

  • Idk if it was just me, but there seemed to be a lot of static in the background audio. I loved the content of this video but it was hard to hear you and concentrate on the message.

  • I am from Germany and I’d really like to see the possibility to be vegan. Plant based protein is counted as grain, therefore there is no possible way for a vegan to get enough “protein rich foods” (referring to animal products). I had appointments with two dietitians. One told me how to meet my needs being vegan. The other one just said that there is no way to be healthy and vegan because of the protein and because of vitamin B12.

  • Hi Dr. Abby
    I have a question that I think only you could answer. So i’m vegetarian and buying protein powder is not an option for me as it is super expensive from where I come from. As such, my daily protein intake is very very low (around 15-20g). I know food such as broccoli, lentils and chickpeas have high protein content but I am not a fan of such foods. So my question is what are the downeffect of following a very low protein high carb diet. Could weight gain be one of them or loss of periods?

  • I love it when you look at the camera at the shady business going on with these diets. also, sad hummus definitely ≠ salad dressing!!!

  • What about Plantiful Kiki’s diet? This is taking that “starch solution” diet to another level. I’d be curious what you think about Kiki’s channel/diet. She follows Starch Solution as well.

  • I have been eating high carb for years and it changed my life drastically (for the better). The fact that your critique is stricter about the ripeness of a banana than it is with much worse foods other people consume just goes to show how biased your opinions are. Seems to me like those arbitrary daily recommendations are way too ingrained into your standards and don’t allow you to contemplate the benefits of different eating habits.

  • Wow! I’m glad I found this crappy video bc otherwise I wouldn’t have found Emmie and her PHENOMENAL channel! I’ve lost over forty pounds and cleared ALL of my health issues since going vegan about five years ago. (When I was eating animal products, and in a way most people would consider “healthy”… I was anaemic, had irregular periods, cystic acne, body rashes, thinning hair, brittle nails etc…) Now, I just keep getting healthier and remss as in SUPER fit and toned. My hair grows so long now and is thick and shiny. My nails are strong and pretty and my skin is so clear and glowing I dont need makeup anymore! It’s actually a running joke between my family, friends and coworkers, that I am aging backwards �� I LOVE bring vegan! (Oh! I get my bloodwork done annually, and even my doctor jokes about my blood bc it’s always so perfect ��)

  • i hate these kind of videos, imagine making a 44 minute video hating on someone who has good intentions and wants ppl to eat healthier and feel better

  • I would gain weight from all the calories from all that starch that she eats. I have to get my calories from vegetables, fruits, beans, and oatmeal. I do not eat much starch like potatoes and rice and no more than 1 cup of oatmeal or no more than 1 cup of beans a day.

  • I think she gets too many calories from starches. I would eat a lot more vegetables including more greens that includes romaine letucce, kale, spinach and at least 2 pounds of cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cumcumbers, celery, carrots, Red cabbage, green cabbage, onions, mushrooms and 3 to 4 pieces of fruits a day or 3 to 4 cups of berries. For fat at least 1 table of ground Flax seeds or Chia seeds of 1/4 avocado each day, and for protein at least 1 cup of legumes such as beans or lentils and for breakfast 1 cup of cooked steel cut oatmeal with 1 cup of berries such as blueberries or strawberries or triple berries that includes blueberries, blackberries, and rasberries. She eats too many potatoes, rice, and oats each day.

  • I ate better than her when I was vegan, but my body just couldn’t accept the diet (did it for a year). I can’t imagine what I would have gone through if I ate like her:(

  • In the United States we have been using the My Plate system for a few years now. During my experience as a Nutrition Counselor, it is much easier to use it as an educational tool. We do have the choose my plate website, just typed in and wallah you can access the site. As a Dietitian, I wish the fluid group would be represented by water. Unfortunately our “guide” still has Dairy as its own group. On the site they do have the breakdown of each food group and food insecurity references. I am impressed with the initial documents immigrants are given upon arriving to Canada. That never happens in the United States, unless you come in contact with the Health Department or a Healthcare professional. This is certainly not the focus of America, yet it is one of our biggest cost (our health). We have in recent years, started adapting some concepts of the Mediterranean eating and lifestyle practices! This is very exciting!!! If anyone wants to check it out, the website is

  • Ur macro recommendations are just that.. “recommendations.” Her macros are just fine. Its just the lack of seasoning and flavor which makes it hard to stick with the diet. I’m sure a diet with a little bit of meat would help her reach those “recommendations,” but would just cause more health problems down the road than she started with.

  • I used to follow and believe vegan youtubers like freelee and that vegan couple. ”Fat makes you fat” Then later on it only put more fuel to my fire. Made my ED worse and nowadays I still struggle with fatfobia even good ones like avocados n nuts..and being underweight. These ”gurus” on youtube who think they know everything suck so much for this reason. You find someone u like n start believing everything they say..:/

  • I think its sad that someone makes money off of making a video ripping on someone. Emmie looks great, is happy, and seems to be living a great life. I wouldn’t be so fast to judge since most of the people commenting on needing fats and oils in their diet are probably overweight themselves. Maybe try being vegan and caring about not murdering animals and taking baby cows milk. You might just see how great you could look and feel without the garbage you put in your mouth all day. I hate that this lady thinks she is superior to someone else. Make a video of how you think you should eat, not use someone else and tear them down to get view. Super lame!!!

  • A woman below who had done the programme just said it cost $1000 and they had to SIGN A CONTRACT which seems to effectively gag the participants?? Emmie needs help.

  • Even more concerning is she’s a teacher. She sprouts so much bullshit about health, imagine what she’s teaching our future generations. She lived in Australia for awhile and kept getting speeding fines. Bit of useless info for anyone reading lol. Can’t believe I used to follow this dingbat

  • My god that “cracker” looked horrible. It’s like one of those bird seed cubes for bird feeders. Disgusting and definitely not meant for humans.

  • Emmie just looks unhealthy. I looked at her channel after watching this video and it makes me so sad to see all the people who look up to her. She literally filters out the comments that disprove her “advice” and only keeps the comments that feed into her ego. Its gross.

  • sometimes while watching abbey’s videos i see why my therapist (im recovered from an ed) always bothered me about getting variety into my diet

  • I have my troubles with the plate method because many meals I eat are actually mixed, for example salad with nuts, oatmeal with jogurt and fruit, etc. I prepare these things in a bowl. At the canteen, I get pre-mixed meals als well (meat on pasta with vegetables). How can I estimate these amounts?

    Im getting backed up just watching this! And no flavor? Why do so many vegans feel like you cant still cook with love? Im not even vegan or vegatarian but I do dable. And, Im a cook/chef (depending on my boss at the time lol), let me tell you there is SO MUCH you can do!!! Use your imagination!! You dont need a ton of oil(s) but you need some and you need FATS(good ones)! Its ok. Its like there just scared of themselves and sel control, gaining weight or failing as a vegan and or wanting to eat meat. Idunno, maybe Im wrong. But its all just trial and error and portion control, not just self control and sacrifice! There is no way that she and anyone that eats like this isnt living their best life with a toilet, or at least trying. UGH.

  • Hi Abbey, thanks for all your work, did you review the „starch solution“ in general yet? Do you have a good recommendation for vegan meal planning? Love from Germany!

  • Why does her whole program sound like a knockoff of High Carb Hannah’s videos and program, which she’s been talking about for over 5 years AND her recipes are super bomb whether or not you are vegan or subscribe to high carb diets….

  • I remember watching this YouTuber early on and she quickly lost a ton of weight and to me, clearly looked like she was developing an issue with food. I stopped watching.

  • I wish they included tips on affordable eating while including 50% veggies/fruit. And you have a valid point of higher starch veggies. What about carrots? Should carrots be considered a vegatable? 50% on your plate. What if someone has low thyroid, and they may not be able to metabolize the higher carb vegatables and grains. What about prediabetes/diabetes?

  • okay, not gonna lie… being sustainably vegan or vegetarian is great, but this food looks DEEPLY boring. sorry, I just had to say it, and I think abbey might agree… loss for words at how bland these all look.

  • 10:36, yes, eat as much as sugar as you can and then after providing enough food for the little micro-fungus that live inside all of us procriate at max rates you add a little more fungus, so it can help them colonize you. Make yourself a Disneyland for your microfungus population and get your candida infection and your fungal acnes in the forehead. Emmie is the fungal nutritionist, the diet she prescribes is basically lacking important nutrients for humans and abundant for fungus.

  • She eats the same thing over and over that is a red flag. She certainly has safe foods. She is very dangerous for our young girls.

  • Healthy EMMIE is so amazing and wise:) I respect you, BUT highly disagree. Oats have a natural amount of fat in them. Dr mcdougall and Dr Neal Barnard have done YEARS of research on HCLF plant based nutrition. Go look them up:)

    Skin issues, acne, diabetes, & arthritis have been CURED by eating HCLF vegan:) our bodies LIVE on carbohydrates. I recommend watching more of Emmie’s, Dr Banard, & Dr McDougall’s videos before criticizing.

  • The academic side of me is screaming at her so called facts.

    The superficial side of me is also screaming at her lips color.

    Both screams unhealthy eating to me.

  • Loved your review of the new guide. When I see this plate I think this is what my dinner plate should look like. My brain can’t seem to convert this plate into breakfast or lunch. Well maybe lunch I can. I will have to check the website out to see if they have tips on making your plate for each meal. Glad dairy is gone but I agree we do need a small section on that plate for fats.

  • So what you’re saying about bananas is that less ripe bananas are actually good for you and so everyone that’s questioned my decisions in the past, I can now tell them valid reasons for eating greener bananas? Hell yeah!

  • Okay I don’t even know that much about nutrition but as soon as she was like “it’s not the sugar in the twinkies” even I was like OHHHHHHHK A Y ��

  • If you’re over eating that much doesn’t whatever your body doesn’t use just go to waste? In a healthy state your body doesn’t use its stores daily right? So wouldn’t eating double or triple your daily needs be wasteful? If that’s the case then it’s not actually cheaper since half or more would be wasted. Correct me if I’m wrong please.

  • abbey Sharp is looking for all the Vegan Anorexics online! she seems to want to give the impression that vegans are all “unhealthy”! If you look online there are plenty of healthy vegans giving good advice the whole plant cooking show is an excellent example

  • She’s a nutritionist?? That is terrifying. I live in Japan and I can guarantee her assessment on the diet of Okinawans is missing a vital component… fish. You mentioned Japanese eating fish but Okinawans live on a series of tiny islands, so fish are very much a large part of their diet (so is Spam! Modern-day Okinawans, anyway). The main difference with the traditional Japanese diet is a big increase in fruit on top of the fish, I believe.

  • She’s has an eating disorder. I don’t plan on taking diet advice from a person when I can literally see their entire skeletal system. I’d be surprised if she eats more than 300 calories a day

  • There’s nothing satiating about carbs. You could eat a gallions of fudge icecream and still not be satiated. The only things satiating are fat and fiber, but too much fiber will cause constipation, dehydration and damage your intestines.
    The only things in our body that need carbs are red blood cells and some hormones. For that we dont need more than 20g a day.
    Our brain needs colesterol and fat is a better energy sourse than carbs. Thats why our body stores fat. It doesn’t store carbs. Carbs is the first thing our body tries to get rid of. If it cant it turns it to fat. That should tell you something.

  • Please could I ask, if I am on dairy free and gluten free diet, also I am on Low FODMAP by my consultant, do I need calcium supplements as my mother and brother have osteoporosis too? Thank you

  • thank you for not just critiquing the meals but for providing tips on how to improve them, as a vegan it can be confusing knowing what to eat as there’s so much conflicting information out there. From what you’ve said it’s pretty clear that balance is key!

  • It’s nice that we’ve finally evolved the food guid now we just need the government to up their standards on what’s allowed to be put into foods. There’s so much marketed as food that has very little nutrition or real food in it, it’s very sad.

  • I did her program and my eating disorder has never been worse. Restriction is all this is and the food is so boring. I binged terribly every week doing her program.

  • I keep hearing the phrase, “metabolic type” thrown around… would love to hear more about that. I always keep seeing ads for a suppose Dr. Goglia and his “G-Plans”. Would love to hear your thoughts on this.

  • LOVE! I’m a Registered Dietitian in the US and we use My Plate, which has some similarities to this, but i love the different aspects they added with the plant based foods, emphasizing water, and mindful eating. Great review!

  • I used to eat in a similar way years ago when I was following HCLF vegan and I felt totally miserable physically and mentally. I’m not 100% blaming the diet since I was bulimic before and already unhealthy mentally and physically, but I would warn all weight obsessed people or people with past eating disorders to follow diets like this or other very restrictive diets. What I’ve noticed is that the youtubers who promote diets like this tend to struggle with eating disorders, weight and food obsession or something of that sort themselves. Their “advertisement” like “EAT AS MUCH AS YOU WANT” etc. sounded very appealing to my bulimic self at that time so I latched onto it, but in reality the diet left me just as sick as before, since it is not balanced and very obsessive. Now, having gained weight and having found a bit more balance, I can happily say I eat with less restrictions and am happier and healthier now, and EATING AS MUCH OATMEAL AND BANANAS AS YOU WANT doesn’t sound good to me.
    Though I don’t want to bash veganism, I think it is a very compassionate thing one can do for fellow animals and the planet. But there are better ways to be happy, healthy, normal, and still vegan.

  • We finished looking up this diet program in fact it is without a doubt the only way to go about shedding weight successfully. Google “sowo hope site”! You could drop weight like I did that could be 15 pounds already.