Food For Thought
Do you have a picky eater at home? Do you struggle to try and get your child to eat all their vegetables? Do you struggle with which choices you should make when it comes to eating?
Nutrition has become a huge industry in the last few years and the messages are getting more confusing than ever! If you are looking for a place to start look at the Canadian Food Guide. The food guide emphasizes vegetables, fruit, whole grains and lean proteins and recommends the number of servings depending on your age, gender and even ethnicity.
When looking at a healthy diet think of KISS rules, Keep it Simple Silly! Whole foods, which are foods such as fruits, vegtables, oatmeal, chicken, milk, and others that don’t have anything added to them are a healthier alternative than anything processed such as frozen dinners, fruit snacks, fast food, or anything that when you read the box you can’t pronounce the ingredient. Also keep in mind that food companies are out there to make a profit; just because it is called “fruit” or “healthy choice” or “natural” does not mean that it is a healthy option. Lets take fruit snacks for instance; have you read the package? Yes there is some fruit juice in them but what else is there? Sugar, high fructose corn syrup, gelatin, glucose syrup, …. or in other words not much is natural or fruit about them!
Now onto those picky eaters! Did you know it takes an average of 15 times to try a new food to see if you like it? 15 times!!! That’s a lot of plates pushed back at the dinner table 😉 Stay strong and keep trying! Who knows you might like it!
If you have any questions please ask us at your next appointment or email us! We are always looking for new topics that you are interested in learning more about.
Dr. Nicole Fournier