Most people believe that they eat a balanced diet, but research shows that this is not always so simple. Proper nutrition begins at the grocery store, yet 63% of Canadians say they struggle with making healthier food choices while buying food for themselves and their families. As part of this year’s National Nutrition Month in March, the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) is providing tips to help the public fill their grocery carts full of nutritious foods.
Every March, the Dietitians of Canada encourages Canadians to return to the basics of healthy eating through National Nutrition Month. This year’s campaign, entitled “Best Food Forward: Plan Shop Cook Enjoy!” is dedicated to serving up practical advice on navigating the grocery store.
“There can be a misconception that eating healthfully means giving up your favorite foods,” says Norma Ishayek, Chief of Dietetics at the JGH. “This year’s campaign theme encourages consumers to include the foods they love as part of a healthful eating plan that includes fresh fruits and veggies, and cooking your meals at home with plenty of good-for-you ingredients.”
The JGH suggests three simple steps that can help make healthier food choices. The first, planning ahead and knowing what healthy foods you will buy before going shopping. The second, to shop smart and understand food labels and nutritional content to make the best choices for you and your family. Lastly, to cook healthy and make nutritious meals that not only taste great, but are good for you as well.
In the spirit of National Nutrition Month, the JGH encourages all Canadians to choose healthy and nutritious foods, whatever the occasion, throughout the year.
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March 1, 2013