Departmental Blog

Gut Hormones 101: What Role Does Ghrelin Play in my Body?

It’s 12:00pm, and your lunch break is in half an hour. Your stomach is starting to sound more like a pack of communicating whales, and your co-workers in the cubicles next to you are becoming concerned. You can’t concentrate, and all you are thinking about is your delicious lunch. So why are you so hungry, even though you have had a snack an hour ago?

It’s all thanks to a hormone called ghrelin.

Ghrelin is known as the “fast-acting hunger hormone.” Its main function is to increase appetite so that you seek out (and eat) food.

Easy, Balanced Breakfast

Consuming a healthy meal in the busy morning may take less time than you think when you are prepared. Take a look at some of these simple, balanced breakfast suggestions.

On the go? Mix these ingredients in a blender for a simple yet delicious smoothie

  • 125 mL (½ cup) water or 100% fruit juice
  • 125 mL (½ cup) fresh or frozen fruit
  • 175 g (¾ cup) yogurt
  • 15 mL (1 Tbsp) skim milk powder

Want to warm up? Use quick-cooking oats to make a heart-warming bowl of oatmeal. Enjoy with a glass of milk or water.

Do I have to drink Optifast® before my bariatric surgery?

YES.

The Ontario Bariatric Network  physicians and surgeons have selected Optifast® as the pre-surgical meal replacement beverage of choice for patients prior to their bariatric surgeries. We ask that patients use this beverage prior to a bariatric surgery to prepare their bodies for a safer surgery.

I’m addicted to food.

We’ve heard it before: people can live without alcohol or tobacco but no one can go a day without food. For many folks, the thought of changing typical food choices or eating habits can evoke anxiety and fear. A feeling of I can’t live without.

Take the Fight out of Food! Spot the problem. Get the Facts. Seek Support.

Every March, Dietitians of Canada campaigns to bring health and nutrition issues to the attention of Canadians. This year, dietitians across Canada are encouraging you to improve your relationship with food, no matter the struggle.  We want to encourage you to enjoy eating and to move past frustration and confusion. 

If you’re fighting with food, try out this 3-step approach:

1. Spot the problem: Define what’s causing your fight with food.

2. Get the facts: Use facts from credible sources to decide what needs to be done to solve the problem.