Healthy Eating
March 02, 2018 By Jennifer Lam
What can food do for you?

March is Nutrition Month, and this year Diabetes Canada and Dietitians of Canada want to help you “unlock the potential of food.” According to Stephanie Boutette, a registered dietitian and education coordinator with Diabetes Canada, “Not only can food help improve our health, but it can also help connect us with people.”  Here are four ways food can help you:

Provide fuel: Nutritious snacks, such as an apple or carrot sticks and hummus, can help you stay energized and stabilize your blood sugar.

Teach life skills: Involving children in meal preparation by asking them to wash vegetables or tear up lettuce, for example, can help them develop healthy eating habits.

Help prevent complications: Eating a balanced diet can help prevent diabetes complications and reduce your risk of heart disease. Include half a plate of vegetables at lunch and dinner, with a fist-sized amount of whole grains. For personalized nutrition advice, speak to a registered dietitian.

Bring family and friends together: Eating with others has benefits for our physical and mental health. If you live with diabetes, that just means saving treats, such as baked goods, for special occasions.

Want more information? Visit Diabetes Canada or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464). To find a dietitian, visit or contact your local diabetes clinic.

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