Healthy Eating
March 17, 2017 By Joanne Lewis
How can you improve your relationship with food?

What can I eat that won’t affect my blood sugars?

Should I go gluten-free?

Can cinnamon reduce my diabetes risk?

I have a lot of gas after eating certain foods. Should I stop eating them?

Do I have to eat vegetables? I know they’re supposed to be good for me, but I don’t like them.

When I’m stressed, I eat. I know it’s not a good idea, but I don’t know what else to do.

If you struggle with any of these challenges (and many others), there’s no time like the present for a nutrition intervention. March is Nutrition Month, and Dietitians of Canada and Diabetes Canada are here to help. This year is all about how to” take the fight out of food” and improve your relationship with food, no matter what struggle you face.

Let’s take Tim, who is 58 and lives with type 2 diabetes, as an example of how you can put this three-step approach to work.

1. Spot the problem: Tim says, “I’m overwhelmed by everyday food decisions at home or when eating out.”

2. Get the facts: Tim visited and learned how he can eat well, along with other important factors that contribute to a long and healthy life, such as monitoring and keeping his blood sugars in his target range, being active, and managing stress.

3. Seek support: Tim didn’t get nutrition advice because he was afraid it would mean giving up foods he loved. But the more he read about nutrition and diabetes, the more he understood that a dietitian could help him fit his favourite foods into his eating routine, and that planning meals didn’t have to be complicated.

Have questions? Visit Diabetes Canada or call the information and support services line at 1-800-BANTING (226-8464). 

Want to find a dietitian? Visit or contact your local diabetes clinic. 

Joanne Lewis is the director of nutrition and healthy eating at Diabetes Canada.

What’s your biggest nutrition challenge? Tell us your story. 

Do you have a personal story of how your diabetes diagnosis has affected you or someone you know? Fill in our easy personal story submission form, and you and your story could appear in myDC community content. 

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