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Nutrition - Nutrition Month

March is Nutrition Month

Nutrition Month 2017

March is Nutrition Month and Dietitians of Canada together with your local Public Health Registered Dietitians are encouraging you to take the fight out of food! Spot the problem, get the facts, and seek support.

 

Nutrition Month Events

Celebrate Nutrition Month with a local Registered Dietitian and learn more about local nutrition services and healthy eating.

  • Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 3-5pm
    Baldree's No Frills, Gananoque, ON

  • Thursday, March 9, 2017 from 5-8pm
    Real Canadian Superstore, Brockville, ON

  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 5-7pm
    Andress' Your Independent Grocer, Smiths Falls, ON

  • Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 1-3pm
    Country Roads Community Health Centre, Portland, ON

  • Wednesday, March 22, 2017 from 10am-12:30pm
    Delta Baptist Church, Delta, ON

  • Thursday, March 23, 2017
    Portland CPHC Diner's Club at Country Roads Community Health Centre, Portland, ON - Contact Barb Vincent 613-272-8014 to register.

  • Tuesday, March 28, 2017 from 1-3pm
    Mental Health Education and Support Q&A with RD
    Country Roads Community Health Centre, Portland, ON

  • Thursday, March 30, 2017 from 6:30-8pm
    Mitchells Your Independent Grocer, Carleton Place, ON

 

Nutrition Month Tips

 

Here's How You Can Take the Fight Out of Food

Credible Information vs. Misinformation

 

Healthy Digestion - Don't Fight with your Gut

If you regularly struggle with gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea or any other digestive problem, please see a doctor or Registered Dietitian. To keep your digestive system healthy here are four tips from the dietitians at EatRight Ontario:

  • Eat lots of fibre rich foods like vegetables and fruit, whole grain breads, pastas and  cereals, and legumes like beans, peas and lentils. But add fibre slowly to your diet with  lots of liquids, water is best! If you add fibre too quickly it may cause pain or bloating.

  • Move your body. Regular physically activity helps keep food moving through your digestive system. Adults should aim for 150 minutes or 2.5 hours per week.

  • Eat and go to the washroom regularly. Regular meals and snacks help to move food through your body. Prevent constipation by going when you feel you need to. As waste sits in your large intestine, the stool loses water and becomes harder to pass.

  • Practicing Safe Food Handling can also keep your gut healthy.

  • Talk to a Registered Dietitian if you think certain foods trigger digestive problems. If you chew gum, eat fast, use a straw, or suck on hard candy the swallowed air could be causing gas. The same thing can happen with smoking. The Health Unit can help if you want to try to quit.

 

Make Dinner Time Food Fight-Free!

 

Stress and Healthy Eating

Some eat more when they are stressed and others have no appetite during stressful times.

If food provides emotional comfort in stressful times try not to let yourself get too hungry. Keep healthy snacks on hand like vegetables, fruit, nuts, whole grain crackers, hummus or lower fat cheeses. If you crave chips or chocolate buy a small portion, sit down, eat it slowly and enjoy it!

Many people report that caffeine can interfere with sleep which makes stress worse. Caffeine is found in coffee, tea, energy drinks and cola soft drinks. Reduce caffeine gradually by replacing sources with water, herbal teas, decaf drinks or milk.

Regular physical activity that is fun for you can be a great way to reduce stress. Aim for 2.5 hours a week. Activities such as dancing, walking, gardening, yoga, swimming all count. Getting enough sleep helps too. If  you do not wake up feeling refreshed or you find it hard to stay alert throughout the day consider speaking with your health care provider. For some, smoking and alcohol may seem to be stress relievers but both can cause serious health concerns for you and those around you. Call our Health Action Line at 1-800-660-5853 for free nicotine replacement and ideas to help you quit. Here are some places to go if you are concerned about your alcohol intake. 

 

Speak with a Registered Dietitian

If you have a nutrition related health question and you are a resident of Ontario, you can speak with a Registered Dietitian at no cost. Call EatRight Ontario toll free at 1-877-510-5102 or go to their website.


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