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Follow Friday: @swaleNY and @space10_journal



Growroom photo by Designmilk on flickr. Used under a Creative Commons Licence.


No people to follow today. Just a couple of cool food growing ideas I’ve seen recently.

The first is a “floating food forest” on a barge in NYC. The barge, named Swale, will be stopping in ports along the Husdon throughout the summer. Allowing people to board it to experience it as both an art installation and as an opportunity to score some fresh produce.

The second is a “Growroom“; a spherical structure in which plants are grown along all the walls. The idea originated in Denmark and a team of students at the University of Alberta built the first one in Canada recently. It looks so lush inside and could be a fairly affordable and space economizing way to grow a number of vegetables and herbs.

If you want to build your own growroom, Space 10 (the originators of the concept) have made the plans open source.


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Follow Friday: @Evergreen_RD


Back on track with the RD Follow Fridays for the penultimate Friday in Nutrition Month. This week I’d like to suggest you follow the fabulous Marianne Bloudoff of BC. Like me, she took a meandering path to a career in dietetics. Unlike me, she had a cool career in fisheries management before heading back to uni to study dietetics in order to combine her love for both science and nutrition.

Much like me, again, she ended up moving away from the ocean to work in public health. She’s currently employed as a population health dietitian with the Northern Health Authority and is the regional lead for food security. The region being the entire northern half of the province. She’s a regular contributor to the Northern Health Matters blog.

I got to find out some other cool facts about Marianne when I told her I wanted to write a post on her. Like, did you know that she competed for Australia in synchronized skating at the world championships?? How cool is that?! On a less cool note, she’s one of those unfortunate souls who dislikes cilantro :(

You can find Marianne blogging at Evergreen Eats or follow her on various social medias… She’s on twitter as @Evergreen_RD where you can find her posting about nutrition, recipes, politics, and whatever else strikes her fancy. On Instagram as @Evergreen_RD where she primarily posts gorgeous food photos. On Facebook as (nope, she fooled you!) EvergreeneatsRD where she shares lots of food porn and recipes and I’m getting hungry writing this post. Last but not least, for the dog lovers out there, you can follow her French Bulldog Barley on Instagram too @barley_thefrenchie.

Do you know an amazing RD who should be featured in a future Follow Friday post? Get at me!


Follow Friday: #trypod month


I should be writing about Nutrition Month but… yawn. It’s also Trypod Month so here, in no particular order, are the podcasts that I listen to on the regular. I’m always looking for more because I listen to them while I’m running (which is a lot these days gearing up for Boston) and cooking and cleaning and driving so if you have any suggestions for me, feel free to leave a comment!

This American Life – the quintessential gateway podcast. True stories of life in America (and sometimes elsewhere). Usually hosted by Ira Glass with excellent reporting by a slew of producers. You can also find them on twitter @ThisAmerLife

Snap Judgment – a storytelling podcast, with a beat, hosted by Glynn Washington. On twitter @snapjudgment

The Moth – classic storytelling podcast with live events across the US (with a few in Canada). Twitter: @themoth

Surprisingly Awesome – a member of the gimlet media dynasty (seriously, they’re churning out new podcasts like crazy). Each episode features something that you probably think is lame but by the time the episode ends you’re converted to believing that it’s awesome. Twitter: @surprisingshow

Invisibilia – a fascinating show about the hidden forces that drive our behaviour with way too short seasons ;) Twitter: @NPRinvisibilia

Within the Wires – a quirky show from Night Vale featuring a series of “relaxation” cassettes. Twitter: @withinthewires

More Perfect – a spin-off from Radiolab about the Supreme Court. Twitter: @moreperfect

Note to Self – the tech show that everyone should be listening to. Feeds my paranoia about the Internet and smart phones and facebook. Twitter: @notetoself

Alice Isn’t Dead – a fictional series about a truck driver searching for her missing wife. Brought to you by Night Vale. Twitter: @AlicePodcast

Someone Knows Something – Canada’s (disappointing) answer to Serial. I keep listening anyway. Twitter: @skscbc

Undisclosed – this podcast was like the in depth story behind Serial telling Adnan’s story and then moving on to stories of others who were wrongfully convicted in the US. Hosted by lawyers, it’s very enlightening about how the US justice system works (or doesn’t sometimes). Twitter: @undisclosedpod

Death, Sex & Money – interviews with people asking about things that are usually taboo. Twitter: @deathsexmoney

Radiolab – another classic podcast. It brings you stories that you probably won’t hear anywhere else. I feel like I’ve learned a lot from this one. Twitter: @radiolab

the memory palace – Nate DiMao has the most soothing voice and brings you fascinating stories from the past. Twitter: @thememorypalace

Modern Love – essays about love from the NYT column read by actors.

Love + Radio – in-depth eclectic interviews. Twitter: @loveandradio

Science Vs – the first season came from Australia. Now Wendy Zukerman is part of the Gimlet media dynasty. Great takes on popular trends comparing fact and fiction. Twitter: @sciencevs

The Allusionist – a unique podcast exploring language. Twitter: @allusionistshow

Strangers – true stories connecting us to others. Twitter: @leathau

StartUp – each season features a new startup and follows their story. Twitter: @podcaststartup

Criminal – the original crime podcast featuring stories about criminals and crimes. Twitter: @criminalshow

The Sporkful – the only food podcast that I listen to and it’s one for eaters. Twitter: @thesporkful

Reply All – a podcast about the Internet. I love their yes-yes-no segment where Alex, Alex, and PJ explain the meaning of things like tweets and memes. Twitter: @replyall

Love Me – CBC actually made a decent podcast! Twitter: @luolkowski

Sooo Many White Guys – comedian Phoebe Robinson interviews everyone except white guys. Twitter: @dopequeenpheebs

Embedded – a deeper look at stories from the media. Twitter: @kellymcevers

Revisionist History – I find Malcolm Gladwell to be condescending and sexist. In spite of that I really enjoy his podcast. In Revisionist History he takes something from the past and reexamines it. Twitter: @rvsthistory

Only Human – stories about health. Informative and interesting. Twitter: @onlyhuman

Heavyweight – the new show from Jonathan Goldstein, the man who brought you WireTap every Saturday at 3:30 pm on CBC radio one. If you didn’t listen to that, go binge on those podcasts first. Heavyweight brings you more from that cast of characters you loved on WireTap taking a look at pivotal moments in people’s lives. Twitter: @heavyweight

Reveal– Al Letson takes a deeper look at stories that have been in the news. Twitter: @reveal

Undone – only one season of this show that looked at how big stories that we thought were over were actually the beginning of other things. Twitter: @undoneshow

LifeAfter – podcast theatre thriller. By the same people who brought you The Message. Twitter: @lifeafteronline

Crimetown – the unbelievable story of crime and corruption in Boston. I love the theme music. Twitter: @crimetown

Homecoming – a thriller with a stellar cast. Twitter: @homecomingshow

DTR – a podcast from gimlet and tinder about defining relationships in the digital age. Interesting but feels a little forced.

On the Media – a sort-of inside scoop on things you might have seen or heard on the news. They did a fantastic series on poverty that should be required listening for everyone. Twitter: @onthemedia

#GoodMuslimBadMuslim – Taz and Zahra share stories about being Muslim (it’s a lot more than that). Twitter: @zahracomedy and @tazzystar

Twice Removed – this podcast takes a walk through a different person’s family tree in each episode and then reveals a mystery relative. Twitter: @twiceremoved

Benjamin Walker’s Theory of Everything – a little bit of everything. Twitter: @benjaminwalker

In the Dark – the wild in-depth story of the investigation into the abduction of an 11 year-old boy. They’re currently accepting donations to get a second season going. Twitter: @apmreports

Missing Richard Simmons – I feel really weird about listening to this podcast. It seems kind of exploitative and yet I can’t get enough. Before this podcast came out I didn’t even know Richard Simmons was mia and now I must know what the story is. Twitter: @missingrsimmons

Serial – I almost forgot to tell you about this one because the last season was lacklustre and ended a while back I forgot to add it to stitcher on my (now not so new) phone. Anyway, the first season was SO GOOD. Even with Sarah injecting herself into it more than I would have liked. Twitter: @serial

Limetown – another drama I nearly forgot about in which a reporter asks what happened to the people of Limetown. Twitter: @limetownstories

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Follow Friday: @carrot_rewards


A little change from the usual RD recommendations. Today I’m recommending the free app Carrot Rewards. It’s an easy way to earn points for making healthy choices that translate into real life rewards. There are simple little quizzes on things like nutrition and physical activity. There’s also a step-counter feature that can be connected to sync with a counter in your smart phone or fitbit.

You chose from their list of participating loyalty programs to decide where the points you earn will go. Personally, I’m collecting Scene points. If you want to sign-up and get bonus points (and get me bonus points too!) use the offer code dianac9618 when you register.

Apologies to all my readers outside of Canada. This app is currently only available to residents of select provinces in Canada. If Carrot Rewards is not currently available in your province you can email them at help@carrotrewards.ca and they’ll add you to a mailing list to notify you when the program becomes available in your area.

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Carrot Rewards and was not asked to promote their program. You too can get a bonus points referral code to invite friends after you sign-up.

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Follow Friday: @fatnutritionist


This week I’m telling you all that you should follow Michelle Allison (aka @fatnutritionist). That is, if you don’t already.

Michelle is a dietitian in Toronto who is a strong advocate for loving your body, no matter its size, and for being friends with food. She has the best twitter rants. I also really admire that she’s been using her platform on twitter to advocate for resistance in the US.

You can also find Michelle at thefatnutritionist.com.

Do you know a dietitian who I should feature in a future Follow Friday post? Let me know in the comments, via twitter, or email.