March 2022 Nutritionist Guide
Celebrating National Nutrition Month!
In honour of “National Nutrition Month,” we are here to help you find your healthy! Eating healthy can look different to everyone, and there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach. Eating habits can be influenced by cultures, traditions, food preferences and nutritional needs.
It is vital to be cognisant of trendy fad diets and focus on your individual health experience. Perhaps, this means exploring new foods and cooking methods, reinventing a traditional family recipe or developing your signature dishes at home with ingredients that make you feel good.
Eating clean, incorporating whole foods, and improving the gut microbiome are all ways to boost nutrition. Still, it is crucial to be conscious of what works for you as an individual. Our nutritionist team has put together a list of healthier lifestyle tips to help you connect with your own body’s health needs.
Be Mindful of Your Eating Habits
Being mindful is a process-oriented rather than outcome-driven behaviour. It’s not about the result but instead the process. The main focus is to appreciate the experience of the food without restricting it. Individuals choose what and how much to consume in this process. By being mindful of what you’re eating, you learn what feels good in your body and what doesn’t – it’s all about selecting and savouring foods that are consistent with desirable health benefits.
Enjoy Your Food and Savour the Flavours
You can better enjoy your food by making choices that reflect your taste, culture and lifestyle. Choose from a variety of foods and flavours that you like. Find recipes that incorporate your favourite flavours and enjoy the process of cooking and eating a meal from start to finish. Add in traditional and cultural preparation methods and ingredients to help diversify your weekly menu. Create a positive environment to enjoy your food in. Eating with others, cleaning up, setting the table, dimming the lights and playing music in the background are great ways to create a positive environment. Incorporating taste, culture, and lifestyle aspects will help you enjoy your food and savour the flavours more.
Cook More Often & Eat Out Less
Since the beginning of the pandemic, there has been a rise in cooking at home. Cooking at home is a great way to better our health and find more balance. Those who cook at home regularly tend to be happier and healthier. They consume less sugar and salt from processed foods, resulting in higher energy levels and better mental health. Also, cooking at home can be beneficial for building relationships.
Social connections are reinforced over meals and can help cultivate a sense of belonging, even reducing symptoms of depression. On top of that, sharing the joy of home cooking enables us to preserve cultural knowledge and history as we pass recipes down from generation to generation.
To ensure that you have enough time to cook at home, plan with shopping lists and weekly menu ideas. Keep the basics on hand, stock the pantry with your most commonly used items (flour, pasta, spices, cooking oils), pre-cut veggies, and set aside the ingredients you need.
Deciding to cook at home more often doesn’t mean you can’t ever go out. It’s all about finding the balance that works for you and your health. If it’s in your budget, try making a plan to order in for dinner once a month for something fun to look forward to.
Overall, it’s important to remember that eating healthy does not look the same for everyone. Book an appointment with one of our nutritionists in-store to help you achieve your optimal health today! Contact our Nutritionists here.