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Canada’s NEW Food Guide is Here!

It is nutrition month – my favorite month of the year!
It does help that it’s also my birthday month (yes, it’s a whole month), but food and nutrition are also reasons to celebrate!
We have a new food guide!!

On January 22, Canada’s Minister of Health, The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, unveiled the new food guide. The guide
has a lot of great information and tips to help you eat healthy
and live well. It was also designed as digital-first, so you can
access it at your fingertips pretty much anywhere you are.

The food guide encourages us all to make it a habit to eat a variety of healthy foods each day by:

Eating plenty of vegetables and fruits, whole grain foods and protein foods.
• Choosing protein foods that come from plants more often.
• Choosing foods with healthy fats instead of saturated fat.
• Limiting highly processed foods – (if you choose these foods, eat them less often and in small amounts).
• Preparing meals and snacks using ingredients that have little to no added sodium, sugars or saturated fat.
• Choosing healthier menu options when eating out.
• Making water your drink of choice.
• Replacing sugary drinks with water.
• Reading food labels.
• Being aware that food marketing can influence your choices.

And it doesn’t stop there. The guide also gives great tips on how to eat to live well, by:
• Being mindful of your eating habits.
• Taking the time to eat.
• Noticing when you are hungry and when you are full.
• Cooking more often.
• Planning what you eat.
• Involving others in planning and preparing meals.
• Enjoying your food – culture and food tradition can be a part of healthy eating.
• Eating a meal with others.

You can expect to hear a lot from me over the next year on
how you can use the new food guide recommendations to
make healthy eating easy and fun for you and your family.
Along with actionable advice, you can find a ton of great
recipes and videos to help apply eating healthy to your
daily lives starting today! You can learn more here:
https://food-guide.canada.ca

Jenn Giurgevich is a Registered Dietitian and contract Professor at Brescia University College with a wealth of nutrition knowledge. Over the last 10+ years, Jenn has paired her love for nutrition and health with her undeniable love for fitness, working as both a personal trainer and fitness instructor.

 

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