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March is Nutrition Month

Did you know that March is Nutrition Month?
In honor of Nutrition Month, dietitians are spreading the word that healthy eating goes beyond what foods we eat... and includes how we eat! The new Canada’s Food Guide was launched in 2019 and provides great information on developing a healthier relationship with food. Check it out here: http://www.canada.ca/foodguide

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Be mindful of your eating habits
    • Listening to and following your feelings of hunger and fullness can help you be more conscious of the food you eat and your eating habits.
  • Take time to eat, and notice when you are hungry and when you are full
    • Healthy eating habits include taking time to make food an important part of your
    • Eating quickly or while distracted can prevent you from knowing when you are full,
      and therefore can increase how much you eat and drink.
  • Cook more often
    • Cooking allows you to learn new skills and rely less on highly processed foods.
    • Bringing your own lunch to work will reduce the need to buy food from restaurants, vending machines or corner stores.
  • Plan what you eat
    • Planning is a simple step that can make it possible to eat healthy, save money and time, and cook more often.
  • Involve others in planning and preparing meals
    • Planning and preparing meals with others helps to nurture healthy eating habits that last a lifetime.
    • When you involve children in cooking, you share important food skills and traditions with them.
  • Enjoy your food
    • Enjoy the taste of your food and the many food-related activities that go along with eating.
    • “I’m tired of always eating the same lunch!” It is important to switch it up. Dietitians want you to enjoy your food!
  • Culture and food traditions can be a part of healthy eating
    • Healthy eating is also about family, memories and emotions.
  • Eat meals with others
    • When you eat with others, it is a chance to connect and explore cultural and traditional foods. Enjoying healthy foods with family, friends, neighbours or co-workers is a great way to connect and add enjoyment to your life. It can provide many benefits and contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

If you are looking for some meal inspiration, I suggest looking at the Nutrition Month 2020 Recipe eBook. It includes 12 delicious recipes, hand-picked by dietitians: www.NutritionMonth2020.ca 
Reference: Dietitians of Canada