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It seems Health Canada has decided to drastically change our popular food guide. Gone are the four food groups and in its place is a new Canada Food Guide that I, along with most people I’m sure, can really get behind. I honestly haven’t looked at the food guide in years, likely since I was in elementary school and we are not going to mention how long ago that was! But the new Canada Food Guide has really created a bit of a buzz recently so I thought I would check it out. And I like it!!
Here are a few noteworthy changes.
No longer is healthy eating broke down in two 4 food groups with set portions for each food group. I really like the fact that we are adopting a more generalized idea of what to eat. The new Canada Food Guide now consists of 3 basic food groups and a clear message to make more plant based choices when filling your plate and an emphasis on less “meat.” I know most low
carbers are big on high protein and I absolutely agree. Protein keeps you fuller for longer but that doesn’t mean we should overload our plates with meat and disregard the rest.
I also really like that instead of a meat food group, we now have just protein. There are so many great low carb foods that fit in the protein category, like chia seeds, my favourite. Chia seeds are a great source of protein and I think a lot of us are unsure how those types of foods fit in our diets. With the new Canada Food Guide listing protein as a food group it will help open people’s eyes to more protein sources.
I am happy to see the guide do away with specific recommended serving amounts and show a more overall approach to filling your plate. In fact, I’m glad to see the old rainbow replaced with a nice clean plate with a clear visual of how your portions should look. I think especially when it comes to teaching kids how to eat healthier this plate will be far easier to understand and remember. Too me starting young is important. Kids should understand how to dish a healthy plate and I think this is a great way to show them.
Now this is something that I really value. I love that water is front and center for a daily drink and fruit juice is considered a treat. It is now classed as a sugary drink associated with dental decay, obesity and type 2 diabetes. I am a big fan of eating fruit but fruit juice is no better then soda in my opinion.
How often do we sit down and eat 4 oranges at one time? And how quickly can you down a glass of juice? I usually like to eat one orange every so often but with orange juice its gone in seconds. I definitely can’t eat 4 oranges in a few seconds. Also when you eat the fruit you are ingesting the fibre with that juice. Adding more water to our diets is a better option. Juice should be treated just the same as a sugar filled pop. A nice treat every once in awhile.
The new Canada Food Guide has placed an emphasis on healthy eating habits as well. Not just the foods we eat but also the way we eat. Suggestions like eating meals with others and cooking more often have definitely become a necessary suggestion in today’s world. Life drastically different now then it was in 1977 when the food guide made its debut. A lot of people grab fast food and eat alone and that’s just not healthy. We need to reconnect and start having family, home cooked meals. I know this was already a goal of mine for this year.
All in all I am happy to see a new Canada Food Guide. To me it looks and feels like a healthy, realistic and modern plan. What are your thoughts on the new Canada Food Guide? Will you be following it? Come meet me on Instagram and let’s chat!