Healthy eating is fundamental to our health and wellbeing. The food we eat nourishes our body and gives us the energy we need to get through each and every day. Yet, choosing a healthy diet is easier said than done. With so many opinions to consider – everything from going vegan to gluten-free – it’s hard to know where to start.
As a physician, I’m increasingly concerned with the consequences of our diet choices. It’s estimated that by 2020, 33 per cent of Canadians will be pre-diabetic or diabetic, and by 2030 and about 50 per cent of adults in the developed world will be obese[i]. If these trends ring true, our quality of life will decrease and we’ll put an enormous strain on our healthcare system as obesity also increases the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer. So what do we do?
To address these alarming forecasts and encourage our customers and team members to make sound food choices, our Wellness team created the Wise Nutrition Guidelines. Using facts based by science, we’ve tried to simplify healthy eating for you.
And, that’s not all. Below are four of our favourite ways that technology can help you make small changes to your eating patterns – one meal at a time.
- Educate yourself using online tools like Healthy Eating Plate, an easy-to-follow food guide, developed by experts at the Harvard School of Public Health. These tools clearly spell out the importance of choosing whole grains, going big with fruits and vegetables, and powering up with protein.
- Keep track of your sugar intake with the One Sweet App. It’s a fact – drinking and eating sugary beverages and food leads to weight gain. Don’t believe us? Just watch the documentary Sugar Coated to better understand the real impacts of sugar on your health.
- Consider using a food tracker, such as MyFitnessPal or Noom Coach, to keep tabs on exactly what you’re consuming. Did you know that eating large amounts of red meat and processed foods puts you at an increased risk of cancer? It’s hard to change the amount you’re consuming if you’re not aware of how much you’re eating now.
- Find nutritious recipes using apps like Healthy Recipes, where you can view calories, carbs, and 10 other key nutrients for over 500,000 recipes. Simply take your mobile phone into the kitchen with you to start eating food that’s not only tasty, but good for you.
It’s time for you to take charge of your nutritional health. With a little guidance from our Wise Nutrition Guide and help from technology, we believe that healthy eating is easier than you think. Let today be the first day of a healthier you!
[i] Reference: National estimates published in: Wang YC et al. Health and Economic Burden of the Projected Obesity Trends in the USA and the UK. The Lancet, 378, 2011.