Food Guide

Vegetarian man mixing vegetable salad in bowl

With so many fad diets and nutritional supplements in play today, it is becoming increasingly difficult for individuals to choose a healthy eating path and stick to it. As humans, food is a necessary part of our survival, but it is more often seen as a means of celebration or comfort during hard times. It is important to view food as a fuel that our body needs to function. This outlook of fueling the body removes the emotion from deciding what to eat, and the Government of Canada Food Guide can be used as a means of determining the proper food to make the body perform at its absolute best.

The first piece of advice in Canada’s Food Guide is to make eating a variety of healthy foods a daily habit. This means to include lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and protein-packed foods into the daily meal plan. The use of the word “plan” is by no coincidence here. The Guide encourages planning meals and menus for yourself and your family or roommates. It even encourages meal planning and prepping with others as a way to help you stick to what has been planned. If you need help getting started with the planning process, the Food Guide website has many resources like this one.

Other than planning to eat healthy foods and making it a habit, also consider the foods that may currently serve as fulfillment and think about whether or not they are fueling your body. Removing high amounts of processed foods, sugary drinks, and snacks, and added sodium from your list of go-to foods will make a big difference in your body’s function and the way you feel. Replace these poor choices with natural dishes and snacks to increase your body’s effectiveness.

Now, this is definitely easier said than done. Breaking and creating a new habit is not something that happens overnight. It will take patience and dedication to make a lifestyle change focused on great nutrition. The decision has to be yours, and you have to be dedicated to making a change. But, don’t worry. There are many resources available to you. Find a healthy eating blog to follow, get some friends on board as a support group for one another, and utilize the Canada Food Guide website for tips and recipes to make changes for better nutrition and stick to them.