The new Canada’s food guide is now more than ‘just about the food we eat’ and I feel it deserves some respect for the progress that it has made.
The food guide has come a long way since it was last updated and personally, I’m pleased with the changes and hopeful that even more positive changes will continue to be made.
Historically, Canada’s Food Guide was heavily influenced by the Industry Lobby and was something that many nutritionists (including myself) felt we had to work against.
Now with the recent changes to the food guide, it feels like we’re getting much closer to being on the same page.
Previously, our food guides haven’t done a whole lot to improve eating behaviour.
Our Country is eating more junk food and processed foods than ever, and our food guide didn’t help with that.
Canada’s new food guide was just released last week, and it’s different than any of its previous versions.
I feel there is still progress to be made, including more of an emphasis on healthy fats, since they are essential to our health and well being, so I encourage you to always do your own research and empower yourself and your family with education.
That being said, these are the changes that I'm pleased to see in Canada’s new Food Guide:
1. They listened to feedback and had the right objective
2. It includes help with changing eating behaviours
There are many other factors that we know affect people’s food choices and the new food guide offers helpful tips that were previously not included.
Things like the following healthy eating habits:
These are all things that us nutritional professionals teach on a regular basis, so it’s so nice to see our country’s food guide now reinforcing what we’ve been teaching for years.
3. It is simpler and more practical to implement
The new guide focuses on an overall healthier pattern of eating, instead of specific servings (this is easier for us since we don’t carry around measuring cups with us.)
The new focus is so simple. It says at meals to aim for:
25% whole grains, and
25% protein (dairy, meat, and alternatives)
* As a personal note, I would really like to see an emphasis on healthy fats, which right now, are only touched on when you tab to the second page.
They’ve also included a “Tips” button which includes helpful topics such as:
I have a question for you. Do you feel it will be challenging for you to aim for half of your plate being fruits and vegetables?
Do you know that only 1% of North Americans are eating the required fruits and veggies each day that are required for healthy living?
Now, I eat healthy and I do my best to eat as many whole, real, unprocessed fruits & veggies every day.
To be honest though, there are many meals where fruits and veggies do not fill half my plate, as much as I want them to.
Even as a holistic nutritionist, I don’t always get as much as I know I should. Also, as a creature of habit, I often get caught up eating the same foods, each and every day and therefore don’t always get the variety of foods I know I should.
Plus, each and every day is different. As a super busy mom on the run with owning my own business, some days I fill my tummy with loads of nutrient & antioxidant rich foods, and some days, not so much. And some days more treats enter my day. We're all human and it happens.
Does this sound familiar to you?
This is why my family and I take Juice Plus. By taking 3 capsules, each morning and night, I know we are getting 30+ whole fruits, veggies and antioxidant and phytonutrient-rich foods, every single day, regardless of how busy I am or how much my lunch is lacking in nutrients on a particular day.
Quite simply put, they 'Bridge the gap between what we do eat and what we should eat.'
The best part about all of this is that, not only do I get this awesome boost of nutrition every day, but my son does too....for FREE as part of the Healthy Starts For Families Program.
Before I go further, I want to specify that this is is no way meant to replace healthy eating or be used an excuse to eat junk food. Research actually shows that over 60% of families eat MORE fruits and vegetables and have increased other healthy behaviours after taking Juice Plus.
If you would like the added insurance of adding 20-30 whole fruits and veggies to your diet each day, send me a message HERE and I will help you get started and I will ensure your child (or grandchild, relative) gets theirs for FREE.
As always, I would love to hear your comments. Let me know what you think about the new food guide!
Until next time,
I know how difficult it can be to make both healthy and delicious meals after working all day, and I know what it’s like to fight against the temptation to throw a box of frozen pizza in the oven with a pre-bought container of macaroni salad on the side.
That’s why convenience foods are so popular, because they’re convenient. They’re easy, when our lives are so busy.
The problem is, the main purpose of convenience foods is just that - convenience.
(Don't feel like reading? No worries, I've got you covered. The video above covers everything in this post! Just click play on the video to listen.)
Convenience foods are highly processed, which means, most of the good stuff is removed and cheap fillers and preservatives are added.
The majority of the time, artificial flavours and colours are also added to make it look nice, not to mention the pile of sugar that is added to pretty much everything.
These chemicals are really difficult on our digestive system and can wreak havoc on our bodies when they’re used long-term.
A convenience meal here and there isn’t going to hurt, when it’s just a one-off type of thing, but in the long run, relying on these types of foods too often will have a negative impact on our health and the health of our families.
That being said, I also know that without proper planning, it’s difficult to have consistent delicious, healthy meals. Planning ahead is the key here.
I’d like to share some of my favourite tips with you that have saved me from take-out many
times, and I would love to hear your tips too! Please share them in the comments below.
There you have it - 5 of my favourite tips for making evening meals easier and healthier when life is busy enough, and when you don’t want to keep reaching for convenience foods that are void of the nutrition that you and your family need to stay healthy and strong.
Please add any of your own personal favourite tips into the comments below so you can share them with the rest of us!
May Anne xo
P.S. If you really want to eat healthier, but aren't quite sure what that looks like or don't know where to start, contact me HERE for a complimentary 30 minute Discovery call, so you can see what it would be like to work with me.
As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, May Anne's passion is working with women who have lost themselves in the busyness of life and don't feel comfortable in their skin anymore. She uses a step-by-step program that includes nutrition and lifestyle strategies, along with coaching and support, leading them to feeling vibrant, energetic and confident in their skin, without dieting or spending hours in the kitchen.