Healthy Eating
March 04, 2019 By Marnie Van Esbroeck
Five ways you and your family can get the most from your meals

March is Nutrition Month, and this year Dietitians of Canada is again helping Canadians “unlock the potential of food” to fuel activity, improve health, bring people together and more. “Diabetes Canada recognizes that food is a key component in the management of diabetes,” says Stephanie Boutette, a registered dietitian and education coordinator with Diabetes Canada. Here are some tips to get you started, and if you need more help, you can always consult a dietitian.

Stay energized by including nutritious snacks in your day. Choose protein and fibre, such as Greek yogurt topped with berries, to stabilize your blood sugar and keep you feeling full.

Create healthy eating habits in children by teaching them to shop and cook. Young children can wash vegetables, mash potatoes, or measure ingredients. Older children and teens can help to plan meals or their own lunch, or even be in charge of making one meal a week.

Learn how the foods you eat can help prevent or lower the risk of chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and also promote healing by, for example, lowering your blood sugar levels.

Bring family and friends together with food, and enjoy benefits that can range from a better diet to improved nutrition.

For more information, visit Diabetes and You or call 1-800-BANTING (226-8464). For professional support, visit Find a Dietitian or contact your local diabetes clinic.

Marnie Van Esbroeck is a dietetic intern with Diabetes Canada.

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