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How exciting is March! It’s Nutrition Month!
Every year, nutrition month comes with a unique theme. In 2020, the theme is “More Than Food”. I fell in love with this theme as it matched some of my practice philosophies.
When I reflected on it many layers came to me of selfcare and the importance of the role of RDs in people’s lives beyond telling “what to eat”, which we don’t necessarily do, as dietitians, by the way!
How we eat is important too
Our new Canada’s Food Guide (Government of Canada, 2019) reflects that food is important (getting enough balanced vegetables, fruit, whole grains, and protein), but how we eat is important.
Food is not just fuel and nutrients. Food is social, cultural, and also political.
The food guide included important subsections on how we eat:
Be Mindful of Your Eating Habits
Food and eating become more interesting when we pay attention. When we live the moment of food preparation and eating. Try noticing what, when, where, why, and how you eat. It is simple, yet it is not an easy thing. It comes with practice.
Feel the food’s look, smell, texture, sound, and taste.
Give that a try and tell me what you think.
Cook More Often
When you cook your food, you are in control of flavours, ingredients, and methods. Cooking can be therapeutic and fun. But what about cooking in our small kitchens and tight schedules?
Here is a list of fun products that I love using to enjoy cooking and save time and effort in the kitchen:
My gift for you: Recipe e-book.
Enjoy Your Food
To me, eating is a source of self care and self love. It’s not just for survival. Food is meant to me enjoyed and savoured. Enjoy the aspects of eating, not just eating.
Eat Meals with Others
Food is social and cultural. Many times when we meet with family and friends, we eat and drink. It has health and mental benefits too when family eat together.
For more tips: check out: 2019 Canada's Food Guide.
I’d like to add to More than food:
Self care including movement, sleep, skin care, and mental health
Health is more than just what you put in your body. It is “more than food”. Self care can be anything that you love, gives you comfort and satisfaction, and benefit vs harm you. You should not ignore sleep, and movement.
What you put on your body is also important. I am a consultant with an amazing skincare company called beautycounter that has very high standards to keep people safe while taking good care of themselves. My favourite products are: Flawless in Five and Countermatch.
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Taking care of your mental and emotional health is critical to overall health.
Ask me about anything above!
Government of Canada. (2019). Canada’s Food Guide. Retrieved from: https://food-guide.canada.ca/en/