Happy Nutrition Month!

Nutrition Month is a national Canadian campaign that highlights the important role that Registered Dietitians have in helping individuals live healthier lives. This year’s theme focuses on helping you find what is healthy for you by considering your culture, traditions, personal circumstances, and health conditions.

In this day and age, many people rely on the internet and social media to find information and make decisions about their health and nutrition. Those ‘eating rules’ and set ideas of what a healthy meal is supposed to look like, don’t take into consideration the particular factors that affect your life and your health. Healthy eating looks different for everyone. What works for one person might not work for you, and that’s ok. You are unique.

A common misconception I hear among students is that they should be eating specific foods at specific times in order to be and feel healthy. The reality is that there is no specific food or set times that will work for everyone. There are many ways to fuel our bodies with the right foods. Let’s take a deeper look at factors that may influence what foods are best for us.

Culture & Food Traditions

Your culture and traditions reflect how, what, when, and where you eat. We don’t all eat avocado toast on an eight-inch plate for breakfast, and we don’t have to eat that way either. Your culture and food traditions can play a big role in connecting us to others, which can affect our relationship with food. Making sure that you have the support and guidance to choose foods that you enjoy and that are nourishing is important. Forget the diet trends and rules you see online, find your healthy!

Health Conditions

Whether it is to manage intolerances, food allergies, or chronic diseases, remember that you don’t have to give up delicious food! Health and flavour don’t need to be mutually exclusive. Many times, the misinformation circulating online can lead to many people cutting out a food group from their diet. This shouldn’t be the case. You should still enjoy food and accept all foods in moderation as part of your healthy diet. Registered Dietitians can help you find what works for you without restricting your food intake.

Personal Circumstances

Our personal circumstances can shape our nutritional needs. What type of personal circumstances? This can include but is not limited to, having a physical or intellectual disability, having chronic stress, being food insecure, among others. All of these situations lead to the individual having unique nutritional needs. Hence, depending on your personal circumstance, your healthy will be different than that of those around you.

Monday, March 1, 2021 in
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