Today I did a “Clean Eating” presentation for Niverville MOPS. Sugar was a big topic of discussion, especially with the new WHO’s guidelines…just remember that the guidelines are for “added” sugar…don’t stress about sugar found in your whole fruit (2-3 servings *1/2 cup per day of fruit is healthy)!
See this article for more info.
Learn the basics to “Clean Eating” and transform the foods that you eat into foods that fuel your body!
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Photo from: With Style and Grace
I found this great site that has some excellent Gluten Free snack ideas.
Check it out at With Style & Grace : 50 Healthy Gluten-free Snack Ideas
I absolutely love this mix of frozen vegetables from Costco. There are so many colors…and the vegetables maintain their flavour! I highly recommended this time saving purchase for your meals!
Here is a great compilation of tips for getting healthier in 2014, written by Carmen Chai. Many RD’s across Canada weigh in on their health tips to initiate healthy eating and maintain healthy living ~ Enjoy, Susan
Source Link: http://globalnews.ca/news/1099349/13-tips-for-eating-healthier-in-2014/
TORONTO – So your new year’s resolution to give up on carbs, isn’t working, huh? How about heading to the gym every day and swapping out all your sweets for vegetables?
We’re ambitious and well-intentioned, but sometimes our goals get ahead of us. Canadian dietitians say that a few weeks after putting these limiting resolutions to the test, we quickly learn how unsustainable they are.
A general “get healthier” goal is also lofty – so generic, it’s easy to fail. Instead, Global News asked a handful of experts, including several Dietitians of Canada Nutrition Month spokespeople from coast to coast, for their tips on hitting the health reset button in the new year.
- Tackle one at a time: Too many goals at one time could set you up for failure. Instead, Jennifer Sygo, a registered dietitian with Cleveland Clinic Canada, suggests that you prioritize your goals and phase them in one at a time. Start with packing your lunches for a week and once you have the hang of it, add a new goal like eating more vegetables.
- Re-establish a routine: After the holidays, it’s hard to refocus. Try to take stock of health habits that worked well last year – maybe it was working out in the morning before work, or making sure half of your dinner plate was covered in vegetables. “Get back into these habits that worked and you’ll regain confidence right away. Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many things at once,” Sygo said.
- Get active (and think outside of the box): Start scheduling some time for exercise, whether it’s 20 minutes, half an hour or even an hour a day, according to Carrie Regan, a registered dietitian at Oshawa’s Lakeridge Health. January is the busiest time of the year at the gym, but she says you don’t necessarily have to head there. Instead, she suggests YouTube, with special channels like Blogilates and Body Rock TV. That way, you can work out in the comfort of your living room, without the stress of commuting or paying gym fees.
- Once a week planning: Designate one day each week to plan meals and do grocery shopping. That way, you’re less likely to grab take-out or make impulsive purchases at the grocery store. You can also plan meals for lunches so you’re preparing them instead of heading to the cafeteria.
- Double the recipe: Making a second batch of breakfast or dinner can save you time and energy the next day when you’re looking for a quick fix before heading out for the day or if you’re packing lunch, Helene Charlebois, a registered dietitian in Ottawa, says. She uses pancakes as an example: reheat the extra batch in the toaster and top them with almond butter or sliced bananas for breakfast.
- Eat your breakfast: Your body fasts while you’re asleep, Regan says. “When you wake up you need to re-energize,” she explained. Research has even suggested that people who eat breakfast are more likely to lose weight and keep it off compared to those who skip their morning meals. Regan says this might have to do with having less willpower after a hungry morning.
- Eat your veggies: Raw, cooked or steamed and lightly seasoned with pepper or herbs, vegetables are low in calories, high in fibre and packed with vitamins and minerals.
- Keep a journal: Many of the experts weighing in suggested that Canadians take up food journaling. “We underestimate how many calories we eat and overestimate how much exercise we do. (Keeping a journal) helps to keep us accountable,” Regan said. A quick summary of the day’s intake and output could help point out if you’re grazing on too many snacks right before dinner or if you’re using up calories on sugary drinks. You can also use an app, such as My Fitness Pal or Lose It.
- Swap the processed foods for fresh fare whenever you can: This isn’t an easy rule to abide by, but Regan suggests that you can try to reach for fresh produce, fresh meat and fresh poultry whenever possible. At the same time, stay away from the processed, sugary convenient treats as often as you can.
- Clean out the pantry for potential slip-ups: There might be some leftover sweets from Christmas or indulgent gifts you haven’t gotten around to yet. Think twice before you decide to keep these temptations around your home, Sygo warns. “It’s sad to see these things go in the garbage but your choices are in the garbage or in you,” she said.
- Main course salads: Try making a dinner salad, according to Vanessa MacLellan, a registered dietitian in St. John, N.B. “Interesting ingredients can turn a container of baby spinach and turn it into a great meal,” she suggests. Dress your greens up with nuts, protein, fruits, beans and other vegetables. Her recommendation? This spicy jerk chicken salad.
- Dust off the slow cooker: Alison Caron, a Montreal-based registered dietitian, suggests pulling out the slowcooker. She makes winter-ready stews with beef, pork or dried legumes with root vegetables, herbs and spices, that simmer for hours in a flavourful broth. One-pot recipes, like stir fries, also make for easy dinners, says registered dietitian Shannon Crocker. She recommends a Thai turkey stir-fry that’s an easy one-pot recipe.
- Stock up on cooking tools: That could mean new knives, a non-stick pan, an instant-read thermometer or a blender. “A few good kitchen tools can make cooking a lot easier,” Kristyn Hall, dietitian in Calgary, suggested as her tip.
If you haven’t heard about the mother who was fined for not providing a balanced meal for her child at day care, here are some articles to get you up to speed.
Here is my response to Winnipeg Sun reporter Kristin Annable today. (PDF)
“Despite the fact that a potato is not defined as a grain, registered dietician Susan Watson said that it is a fine substitute.
“There are many starchy vegetables such as potatoes that work in our bodies like a grain,” said the Winnipeg-based dietician. “Canada’s Food Guide is a really good basic tool, but I think you need education on how to use it.” Instead of issuing “fines,” Watson said that education and consultation is needed to help teach staff how to identify a healthy lunch.
“It’s difficult when the people who are doing the ‘fining’ are not dieticians themselves,” she said, stating that having a consultation with a dietician would be a good idea for daycare centres.
Here is the original post on Yoni Freedhoff blog Weighty Matters that brought this to my attention.
Needless to say, the day care is no longer issuing fines for unhealthy meals. They have moved to a hot lunch alternative. Thank goodness because Ritz crackers are not a healthy substitute for a grain serving!