If you set a goal and share it with others you’re more likely to succeed! So this March the >6500 food and nutrition experts who make up Dietitians of Canada, are encouraging Canadians to pledge to take ‘A 100 Meal Journey’. Occasional (not ongoing) tracking of eating habits can also be very helpful in identifying areas to fine-tune in improving food intake. EATracker is a free tool that can assist.
To me, making more wholesome meals at home with your family is THE MOST important measure you can take in eating healthier. Consider it boosting your I.K. (Intelligence in the Kitchen). The more you cook at home, the more control you have over what goes into your meals. And what a tremendously important life skill to pass on to your children and grandchildren!
Half of Canadians (52%) over the age of 20 live with a chronic disease like diabetes or high blood pressure and four in every five are at risk, with diet and lifestyle being major factors. Rising obesity rates are driving the increase in these chronic diseases. Sixty-two percent of Canadian adults and 32% of children and youth (five to 17 years) are overweight or obese. Nutrition counselling by a dietitian, the only regulated nutrition professionals in Canada, positively impacts blood sugar levels, blood pressure, blood fat profile and weight. Just three months of counselling have been shown to reduce blood sugar levels to the same degree as two medications yet with far less cost and risk.
We eat about 100 meals a month, 1200 in a year! The quality of those meals matters. It all adds up!
Recipes for beauties like the Garden Veggie Buddha Bowl with Lentils and Tahini Dressing pictured above can be found here. And for hundreds more deliciously good-for-you, dietitian-approved meal and snack recipes, check out our free App Cookspiration.
Happy Nutrition Month!
P.S. And even when it’s not March, know that I’ll still be cheering for you in your continued 80-20 approach to delicious, quality eating and living!