Ask a Dietitian

Ask a Dietitian

"Diana, just a quick heads up to let you know we are still using your cookbook and the guys will often be heard saying what would Diana say about this or that....really good feed back... I made your potato salad and the oriental coleslaw on Sat. for a family luncheon and had rave reviews so thanks again."

Maeghan Henke
BC Hydro

Nutrition Questions from December 7/99 Noon News Hou

December 7th, 1999

As seen on BCTV December 7/99


1) Sandra from Victoria: Has dark circles under her eyes and wants to know if there is anything she can do with her diet to get rid of them.
Sometimes dark circles under the eyes are a sign of food allergies.If you suspect you have food allergies, see you doctor and a qualified allergy specialist. A deficiency of iron may also be a factor. Ensure you eat foods rich in iron such as enriched whole grains, green vegetables, lean meats and tofu. Staying well hydrated can also affect the health of the skin.

2) Jean from Northern BC: Hypoglycemic…after eating she wants to sleep. She is also allergic to soy and wheat.
You may need to add more protein to each “feeding” – i.e. all meals and snacks. Avoid snacking on grain foods or fruits and vegetables on their own. Always add protein. Also, ensure you are getting enough sleep.

3) Jackie from Chilliwack: Foods to eat before surgery.
In preparing for surgery, emphasize foods that will boost your immune system including vegetables, fruits and foods rich in zinc such as whole grain breads and cereals and shellfish. If you take vitamin E pills, stop until a couple weeks after surgery. Practice relaxation techniques and refer to the previous topics section of for more details.

4) Rob from Castlegar: Is garlic good for you?
Yes, garlic can be good for you. Currently, garlic as a food is recommended over garlic supplements. Again, you can refer to the previous topics section of for more information on this subject.

5) Chris from Abbostford: Soy formula for babies.
Soy formulas are recommended for babies who can’t be breastfed and are allergic to regular cow’s milk formulas. For more information, talk to your doctor or public health nurse/community health nurse who is an excellent resource in this area.

6) Stain from Nanaimo: Book: “Eat Right for Your Type”
One of the good things about this book is the concept that there is no one magical approach to eating that will fit everyone. However, the idea of making the distinction based on blood type is not presently support by science. However, if the diet is logical, balanced and you are getting good results I’m not too concerned about it. Further, many people start exercising more, getting more sleep, etc. when they start a program like this and feel alot better.

Watch for the Eating for Energy segment every Tuesday on BCTV’s Noon News Hour!

Article written by Patricia Chuey and reprinted with permission