Nutrition is certainly one of the ‘hot’ topics today. We’re constantly bombarded
by articles and headlines recommending trendy new diets or the latest food fad.
No wonder we’re all a little confused about what a ‘healthy diet’ really means!
Making healthy choices
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be a complicated process. If you eat a variety of
foods every day, and eat in moderation, you're already well on your way.
It’s all about making healthy choices – not just for one day or one meal, but
every day, all day long!
Here are some action steps to help you get started – and keep you heading in the
Assess your eating habits
|•||Write down everything you eat for a
week. Be honest – no cheating!
Measure your servings to see how much you’re really eating in a day –
the size of your portions will probably surprise you.
|•||Now, compare your diet with
the daily recommendations in
Canada’s Food Guide for Healthy Eating. Are you meeting the daily
dietary requirements? No? Then it’s definitely time to take action!
|•||Want more? Go to
Healthy diet 101 for a closer look at the basics of a healthy diet.
Take time to eat regularly
|•||Your body needs energy all day long.
Try to schedule time for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
|•||Too busy to sit down for
three square meals a day? Then plan for six-mini meals – make up small,
healthy servings that you can snack on during short breaks in your workday.
Don’t run on empty
|•||Would you drive your car with an empty
gas tank? Of course not! Well, after a long night’s sleep, your body’s fuel
tank is empty too – so make sure you find time for breakfast.
breakfast is the most important meal of the day - it revs your metabolism
and helps you perform better all day.
|•||Are your mornings too
chaotic to fit in breakfast? Plan ahead – hard boil some eggs the night
before for an easy, ready-to-go breakfast.
Learn to be label savvy
|•||Most packaged food has nutrition
information on the label – knowing how to read a label helps you compare the
nutritional value of similar products. Learn more about food labels at:
Learning to read Nutrition Facts Labels
|•||Ingredients are listed in
order, based on the amount used by weight – the first ingredient on the list
makes up the largest percentage of the packaged food.
|•||Claims like ‘low in fat’ or
‘high fibre’ are defined and regulated by the government – but don’t simply
rely on these claims – read the whole label to get the detailed nutritional
Remember – small changes make a BIG difference to your health
Want more information about a healthy lifestyle? Visit the
Region of Peel Public Health website for a wealth of great ideas and useful
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Are you eating a healthy diet?
Take the Nutrition Challenge and test your nutrition IQ!
Exercise and nutrition – a great pair!
To get the most out of your new, nutrition-conscious food habits, why not add
some regular exercise to your daily routine? To find out more, go to the
Get fit for life.
Understanding label claims
|•||To have ‘low fat on the label, a
product must contain less than 3g of fat per serving
|•||A product labeled ‘high in fibre’ must
have at least 4g of dietary fibre per serving
Note: labels provide nutrition information for the products, as sold, and don’t
include ingredients you must add at home, like eggs and oil.