I’m so excited to be part of this year’s Dietitians of Canada Nutrition Month Campaign. We are celebrating Nutrition Month 2018 by helping Canadians unlock the potential of food to Fuel, Discover, Prevent, Heal and bring us together.
Along with my fellow dietitian colleagues, I will help illustrate that food has the potential to:
Fuel: Stay energized by planning nutritious snacks into your day.
Discover: Foster healthy eating habits in children by teaching them to shop and cook.
Prevent: Understand how food can help prevent chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
Heal: Learn how food can promote healing and how dietitians work in health care teams to make a difference.
Bring us together: Enjoy the benefits of bringing families and friends together with food.
In my practice I help clients who want to prevent disease, but there are so many dietitians who work in other diverse areas of nutrition too! Did you know that you can find dietitians working in many places, including hospitals, grocery stores, community health centres, universities, rehabilitation facilities, seniors’ residences and long-term care settings?
We all have one thing in common: We love food – it unites us all! Whether we are counselling a patient recovering from a heart attack, teaching a cooking class or taking students through a tour of a grocery store, we are all passionate about the potential of food and its connection to health. You will learn so much this month about the amazing potential of food!
To make Nutrition Month come alive, I’m going to be focusing on the potential of food to Prevent. There are many diets or “eating patterns,” and some are healthier than others. The best eating pattern is one that you enjoy and can stick with in the long run. The eating patterns that have been the most researched for their health benefits include the Mediterranean, DASH and MIND diets. The foods that are recommended on these patterns can help prevent type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, dementia and some types of cancer.
The eating plans listed above may have different names, but the foods are mostly the same! Here are some foods that are common to all of them:
- Vegetables and fruits
- Whole grains
- Legumes like beans and lentils
- Nuts and seeds
- Milk, cheese and yogurt
- Fish, seafood and poultry
- Healthy oils like canola and olive oil.
These nourishing foods are the basic ingredients that form the diet for disease prevention. You may also notice what’s missing from these eating patterns. They don’t contain a lot of highly processed foods, like cake, chips, cookies and sugary drinks that are high in added sugar, salt and trans fat.
Almost 80 percent of premature stroke and heart disease can be prevented through healthy lifestyle behaviours. These include eating healthy, being active and living smoke-free.
The journey towards wellbeing begins with how we eat and dietitians have the knowledge, compassion and ability to help you achieve your goals. They will work with you to embrace food, understand it and enjoy it while considering your overall objectives, needs and challenges. We look beyond fads and gimmick to deliver reliable, life-changing advice.
If you have health goals or concerns about your risk of chronic disease you can visit my website @ hanamnutrtition and book an appointment to discuss your individual needs.