Nutritious food is absolutely vital in everyone’s daily life! It is integral to social and cultural inclusion, traditions, heritage, and creativity.
Nutritious food ...
- Gives us energy to get us through our day
- Fuels our body – providing building blocks for bones, muscles, hair, nails and skin
- Fuels our mind – boosting mood, energy, focus, memory and wellbeing
- Supports our immune function
- Prevents and manages chronic disease, and impacts our quality of life.
Learn more on HealthLink BC website.
What we drink is also important, as non-sugar-sweetened beverages (such as water) ...
- Help move nutrients and waste through the body
- Keep blood pressure normal
- Protect and cushion joints and organs
- Control body temperature
Learn more from UnlockFood.ca
Did you know that how you eat can have an impact on your:
Being dehydrated and/or ‘hangry’ can impact your mood and make you irritable.
2. Energy levels
Glucose is the preferred source of fuel for the brain. Energy helps you focus and enhances your cognition.
3. Ability to cope with stress
Restricting food may alter cortisol secretion. Cortisol is a hormone secreted in response to stress.
4. Risk of chronic disease
Antioxidants minimize oxidative stress. Oxidative stress leads to DNA damage which can lead to chronic disease.
Learn more from Dietitians of Canada.
Here are some tips to navigate challenges to healthy eating:
Challenges to Healthy Eating
Solutions to Healthy Eating
Make food at home instead of getting food from restaurants or fast food chains
Label read to compare products to help make the healthier choice
By Julie Stachiw, MPH, RD Manager, Nutrition and Wellbeing UBC Okanagan
Julie Stachiw is a Registered Dietitian who is passionate about creating a supportive food environment to help with health and wellbeing outcomes. She has worked in a variety of RD roles, has been involved in a variety of community and national initiatives. Julie believes in the power of food to enhance lives and improve health. She loves being a part of the exciting food and nutrition world at UBCO.
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