EatinEatOut : Fall 2012
WWW.EATINEATOUT.CA 41 TELL US A BIT ABOUT GLORIA... I'm a Vancouver dietitian, an author and a media spokesperson. The Huffington Post named me one of its Top 20 Nutrition Experts on Twitter. My work has appeared in major national publications such as Women's Health, Canadian Living, Fitness, Self, Chatelaine, and more. I'm a regularly featured nutrition expert on TV, radio and various media outlets in both US and Canada. I'm also the founding editor of the largest online nutrition network HealthCastle.com, serving 5 million annual readers. WHAT MOTIVATED YOU TO START HEALTH CASTLE? I started HealthCastle.com when my dad was diagnosed with cancer. I took a leave of absence from work, and moved my parents to live with me so that I could drive my dad to the cancer centre for his daily radiation treatment. Everyday, I would sit in the family waiting room, and wait for my dad to finish his treatment. Other family members often asked me nutrition questions, such as strategies to deal with taste change and excessive weight loss. So I combined my experi- ence in taking care of my dad and created a website so other family members could access what I've learned. That was in 1997. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE HEALTH CASTLE? Fast forward 15 years, HealthCastle.com is now the largest online nutrition network run by registered dietitians. We spread the goodness of nutrition; we simply get people to eat healthier. I LOVE THE "COMPARE FOOD PRODUCT" SECTION ON YOUR SITE. TELL US A BIT ABOUT IT... Our readers and my friends always asked similar questions: which breakfast cereal is better? Is this brand better than that brand? Is frozen yogurt really better than ice-cream? All this feedback gave me the idea to start the "Compare Pack- aged Foods" section. With that tool, we've standardized all serving sizes so we can actually compare apples to apples (some yogurt is in 4 oz; other is in 6 oz.). Then we look at the ingredient list. Are the ingredients simple? Does it contain any hidden artificial ingredients we don't like? We spread the goodness of nutrition; we simply get people to eat healthier. With nutrition advice exclusively from registered dietitians, GLORIA TSANG talks to us about her comprehensive site HEALTH CASTLE.COM " "