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What is Canada’s new food guide all about?

Canada’s new food guide is, in one word, refreshing! First off, it makes us hungry just looking at it. And secondly, it does away with the confusing portion sizes and focuses more on practical tips for incorporating healthier foods into our diets. 

To summarize, the new food guide highlights the need for more fruits and vegetables (half your plate), and a reduction in sugary drinks, processed foods, sodium and saturated fat. It suggests swapping out juice and soda for water and reminds people to take time to eat (it’s not a race!).

They also offer tips on how to accommodate healthy eating choices into your life. For instance, beans and lentils are a budget friendly protein option that’s easy to prepare. And keeping cut up veggies in the fridge can be a helpful way to bring healthy snacks with you on the go.

The best part? Easy to follow, easy to make meals! Here’s our top three favourite recipes from Health Canada’s new site:

Ultimately, the new food guide highlights the need to be mindful of what you eat. And to do that, you’ve got to want it. Our lives are busy and sometimes meal preparation can be burdensome, especially when you’ve got cancer. Putting a focus on healthy eating, however, can help you feel better and ease your treatment side effects.

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