Healthy eating means enjoying a variety of foods from the four food groups of Canada’s Food Guide which includes vegetables and fruit, whole grains, milk and milk products and meat and alternatives like beans, peas and lentils. Eating well on a regular basis helps you feel your best and can prevent illness. When trying a new healthy food, be patient with yourself. It can take 15- 20 times before you decide if you like it. Healthy eating also includes taking the time for regular meals and snacks and eating them without distractions such as phone, tv or other electronics.
The food we eat affects our mood and behavior. Enjoying healthy food and beverages supports proper body and brain function. It can also help improve your self-esteem and contribute to a positive body image.
A healthy balanced meal is one that includes at least 3 of the 4 food groups. For example, tuna salad in a whole wheat pita, a piece of fruit and glass of milk. A healthy balanced snack is one that includes at least 2 of the 4 food groups. For example, carrots and hummus or a banana and hard cheese portions.