Do you ever get frustrated by food and nutrition? Maybe you can’t figure out why you feel bloated after eating certain foods, have family mealtimes that are mayhem or are unsure about which foods are best for a particular health condition. I call these “food fights” – they represent times when you struggle with yourself or others about what to eat.
Part of my job as a dietitian is to coach people to calm these food fights, so it is fitting that the Nutrition Month 2017 theme is “Take the Fight out of Food”. I believe healthy eating starts with a healthy relationship with food.
Nutrition Month 2017’s campaign from Dietitians of Canada guides people through a three-step approach to improve their relationship with food, no matter what the struggle. Dietitians across the country will empower Canadians to:
- Spot the problem. Identify or define the specific nutrition problem that needs to be solved, since it’s causing a fight with food.
- Get the facts. Decide what needs to be done to solve the problem, using reliable and credible sources.
- Seek support. Put the plan into action with support from family, friends, a dietitian and other members of the health care team.
Over the next month, I will post examples of these “food fights” and walk you through how to get the facts and seek support.
And remember, I’m here to help if you struggle with food or need support to achieve your best health. Visit www.nutritionmonth2017.ca to find recipes, local nutrition month event listings and more.
Adapted from the Dietitians of Canada’s Nutrition Month campaign materials. Find more information about Nutrition Month at www.nutritionmonth2017.ca