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Nutrition Month 2018 - The Potential to Prevent: Build a Balanced Diet

2018-03-15

The Potential to Prevent

Understand how food can help prevent chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Lifestyle factors, including what we eat, can influence our health. A nutritious diet can help prevent illness and can lower the risk of developing chronic diseases. Dietitians can help you follow a healthy eating pattern that suits your individual needs and health goals. This Nutrition Month, dietitians want to remind you of the power of food for disease prevention.


Build a Balanced Diet

There are many diets or “eating patterns,” and some are healthier than others. The best eating pattern is one that you enjoy and can stick with in the long run. The eating patterns that have been the most researched for their health benefits include the Mediterranean, DASH and MIND diets. The foods that are recommended on these patterns can help prevent type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, dementia and some types of cancer.

The eating plans listed above may have different names, but the foods are mostly the same! Here are some foods that are common to all of them:

  • Vegetables and fruit
  • Whole grains
  • Legumes like beans and lentils
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Milk, cheese and yogurt
  • Fish, seafood and poultry
  • Healthy oils like canola and olive oil.

These nourishing foods are the basic ingredients that form the diet for disease prevention. You may also notice what’s missing from these eating patterns. They don’t contain a lot of highly processed foods, like cake, chips, cookies and sugary drinks that are high in added sugar, salt and trans fat.

 

Work With a Dietitian

Almost 80 per cent of premature stroke and heart disease can be prevented through healthy lifestyle behaviours. These include eating healthy, being active and living smoke-free.

The journey towards wellbeing begins with how we eat and dietitians have the knowledge, compassion and flexibility to help you achieve your goals.

Consider working with a dietitian if you have health goals or concerns about your risk of chronic disease. They will work with you to embrace food, understand it and to enjoy it while considering your overall objectives, needs and challenges. We look beyond fads and gimmicks to deliver reliable, life-changing advice.


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