Healthy Eating Tips

HEALTHY EATING TIPS

Come back often to check for new tips and challenges.

Canada’s Food Guide has been changed!  Check out the new Food Guide HERE.

There is a section that talks about eating habits.  Eating well is not just about the food choices you make but ALSO about how we eat.  Be mindful of your eating habits!  

Tip #1 – Eat at the table, put your electronic devices away, pay attention to the food you are eating, isn’t it delicious?

Tip #2 – Aim for 1/2 a plate of vegetables or fruit at each meal.  Too hard?  Try 1/2 plate vegetables at supper or make fruit part of your breakfast and lunch.

 

Tip #3 – Watch out for sneaky marketing.  There is a lot to say about foods marketed to look healthy but may not be.  The grocery store is a place where we can often be enticed to buy more than what we intend on buying.  Check out this HANDOUT for some interesting information about grocery stores.  

Tips #4  – Put that Craving on HOLD.  Many of us are probably getting a little bored and lonely with the self-isolation and social distancing. Some of us are working from home, closer to the kitchen. It’s easy to confuse REAL hunger with BORED of HEART hunger. Try “Putting that Craving on Hold”; set a timer for 5 to 20 minutes and finish a task or distract yourself with a chore. After the 5-20 minutes, decide if you really need to eat something. If so, decide on what that will be BEFORE going to the kitchen. Give it a try! Does it change how much or how often you eat out of boredom?

Tip #5 – What are your triggers???

Have you ever walked into a coffee shop wanting a coffee…just a coffee…and ended up walking out with the next greatest chocolate creation?
Have you ever gone shopping and stood in line for more than 5minutes and ended up with a bag of chips or a chocolate bar or a pop in your cart?
Have you ever had every intention to make a nice healthy dinner for yourself and your family after a hard days work but ended up smelling the KFC on the way home and ended up buying chicken instead?
Are any of these a problem for you? If so, try to think back in time only 5 or 10 minutes and ask yourself if you wanted any of these items before you saw they were available. Probably not right? Be mindful of WHY or WHAT is making you want certain foods, it may become easier to avoid certain items in the future.

 

TASTY TIDBITS (of random food things)

Salad Dressings – There are so many!  Many have added sugars or salt or preservatives.  Making your own dressing can be easy!  Here is an infographic on how to make salad dressings.  I can’t share the reference, it must have popped up on pinterest or something.

Bored of the same old meals?  Try a meal delivery kit, check out this HANDOUT for more information.