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All Consuming: Eating Disorders in Young Children

How one Medicine Hat family struggled to get their daughter to eat at an early age

thumb All ComsumingIt's a parent's worst nightmare. For Ron and Michelle Pisoni, it was their reality.

From the time of her infancy until she was a three years old, the Pisoni's second daughter Kalista refused to eat.

Knowing something was wrong the Pisoni's sought answers from the medical community, but to no avail.

"Basically the doctors said she'll just grow out of it or eventually she'll start eating," Ron said.


How easy is it to find locally grown food?

Asking the right questions helps determine if food really is 'local'

LocalFoodIn order to know how to accurately source organic, locally grown food, one needs to ask: how local is local?

According to Kris Vester, president of Slow Food Calgary, when it comes to eating organic, it does not necessarily mean the food is local.

"Let's say someone is selling you eggs and those come from chickens that have been fed corn from the U.S. Midwest, and soy that comes from the U.S. Midwest. Are those still local eggs?" Vester asks.

Vester believes eating a locally grown product means consuming food that is not only geographically local, but also produced with local resources free of fossil fuels or any other matter that may affect the environment for future generations.


Dog shows create bonds among owners and companions

Alberta Kennel Club hosts two seasonal competitions for purebreds

Alberta Kennel Club CalgaryA bond between owners and dogs is something that is unbreakable — particularly when competing in dog shows together.

"It's all about creating a strong bond with your dog," says long-time dog trainer and competitor Tammy Sawatzky at the Alberta Kennel Club's winter classic dog show.

She and her 11-year-old dog Holly are show experts and have been competing in dog competitions for years. This year Holly, a German Sheppard, won the title of Veteran Show Dog at the club's dog show.

"It brought a tear to my eye because this might be her last show," Sawatzky says.


Gluten-free diets not just a trend

Professionals address severity of health concerns about gluten as numbers of people with celiac disease spike

Gluten-free pastaFrom juice cleanses to single-food diets, there have been plenty of suggestions regarding how people can eat healthier or lose weight. Gluten-free eating has been all the rage as of late, but there are also health-related concerns as to why people are avoiding gluten.

Celiac disease is a medical condition in which the absorptive surface of the small intestine is damaged by a substance called gluten. This results in the inability of the body to absorb nutrients such as protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals — all of which are necessary for good health.