The most important, overlooked advice in Canada’s Food Guide

The most important, overlooked advice in Canada’s Food Guide

The most important, overlooked advice in Canada’s Food Guide

The new Canada’s Food Guide has been out now for over a month. What can you recall about the changes?

The milk group is gone?
Choose more plant-based protein?
Fill half of your plate with vegetables and fruit?

All true, but few are focusing on the idea that “Healthy eating is more than the foods you eat”. That where, when, why and how we eat is as important, perhaps more important than what we eat.

I drafted this post yesterday and then woke up this morning to the horrible news from New Zealand. I couldn’t help but wonder, would there be fewer hateful young men if more people ate together?

Perhaps breaking bread with each other can’t solve all of the world’s problems, but it can’t hurt. I think about the hundreds of kind volunteers at the Calgary Ismaili Muslim community’s Stampede breakfasts, offering food to thousands of strangers and opening the doors to their peaceful house of worship. Now that’s a healthy breakfast, and I’m not talking about fibre or protein.

March is Nutrition Month, and dietitians across Canada are marking it by highlighting the different ways that food matters. That food has the potential to do so much more than simply fuel us and improve health: It can also bring people together, build bridges, and enhance our lives.

It’s this aspect of Canada’s new food guide that I want to zero in on today. The suggestions to:

Cook more often.
Eat with others.
Enjoy your food.
Honour culture and food traditions.

Simple advice really, but are we doing it? To help you really think about this, I created a quick quiz, not looking at what you eat, but rather the eating habits that support emotional wellness and enable connection to flourish: