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One Step at a Time

What a great day to change your life.  So where do you start?

Part One – Overhauling Your Dietary Habits

This is a huge piece to the wellness puzzle, and oh my goodness is there ever a TON of conflicting information out there.  It’s impossible to be able to tell the good information from the not-so-good sometimes, especially with all the different “fad” diets, cleanses, and restrictions that affect our eating habits.  The resource that is recommended by Health Canada is Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating which includes examples of what foods fit into each of four food groups.  It also offers tips on how to eat optimally for your age and gender, beginning at age two (younger children should follow the advice of their family physician to ensure all health requirements are being met). 

Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating also gives examples of proper portion sizes.  The reality is that we could actually be over or under-eating certain foods and not even know it.  Did you know that one bagel is actually two servings of grain products?  That two eggs is one serving of Meat and Alternatives? That half a cup of pure fruit juice is one serving?  I have personally found it helpful to have a food scale in my home.  Having the visual really helped me to learn what a single portion looks like, and has helped me to ensure that myself as well as my entire family is eating a healthy and balanced diet.  So much information is available just by going to:

www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/food-guide-aliment/order-commander/index-eng.php

Real change takes work, commitment, and willpower.   Dietary habits are life-long habits which you have become accustomed to from a young age, and it can be difficult to learn a different eating culture.  Changing small things (to start!) can help to find long-term success.  A few tips that you can do to get started are:

  • Choose whole grain bread products over white, it will help you feel full longer
  • Increase water consumption – drink a glass of water before you eat a meal
  • Choose vegetables and fruit more often than juice
  • Trim visible fats from your meat and remove the skin from poultry
  • Try something new!  Tofu, quinoa, soy, brown rice, lentils etc. might sound bizarre to you, but you might amaze yourself with the items that you actually like!

It is important to note that that specialized diets do have a place in wellness, however if you are restricting anything from your diet (ie: dairy, gluten/wheat, sugar) My advice is to have a registered dietician or physician’s recommendation and guidance to do so safely. 

Bon Appetit!


10 Worst Ingredients in Food

Check out this article in the Huffington Post Canada website by Arti Patel taking a look at some of the worst ingredients found in our food – and some of these items are almost impossible to pronounce! There is also info on reading labels correctly.

“How many times have you read an ingredient that looked like something out of a science textbook? According to holistic nutritionist Danielle Felip, some of these ingredients — and even everyday ones like sugars — can be dangerous for our bodies in the long-run.”

Read the full article on shoddy ingredients in our chow on the Huffington Post Canada website.


Common Snacking Mistakes that Lead to Gaining Weight

In this article on FitSugar.com, author Jenny Sugar discusses snacks we think are okay to munch but actually are adding pounds to our bodies.

“Snacking between meals is a great way to keep hunger at bay and fuel your important calorie-burning workouts. If you often enjoy a midmorning or late-afternoon snack, read up on the common mistakes that people make when it comes to eating between meals that can cause the numbers on the scale to go up.”

Click here to read the full article on www.fitsugar.com.


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