IT’S OFFICIAL, Canada’s Food Guide has changed!
“Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, whole grain foods and protein foods. Choose protein foods that come from plants more often.”
A great excerpt straight from Canada’s new food guide and healthy eating recommendations.
Gone are the days of the food group rainbow, food pyramid and calling plant-based foods “alternatives”.
We are so lucky to be living in this progressing country which is asking its citizens to choose beans and nuts over beef, poultry, and fish…nevermind bacon. And dairy, that’s not even a food group anymore.
Not only is the emphasis on plant-based foods, but there is a push for healthy habits like:
→ Mindfulness (take your time and listen to when you are full)
→ Cook more often (plan, shop, prep)
→ Enjoy your food (why not learn about other cultures while you’re at it?)
→ Eat with others (enjoy their company)
Choose water as your drink. A focus on proper hydration and this does not include juice or milk, which is HUGE!
What about healthy swaps? This is what they wrote in the document:
Try these swaps to replace saturated fat with healthy fats:
→ On your toast, replace cream cheese with nut butter
→ For dipping, try making your own hummus or tzatziki to replace spinach or artichoke dip
→ On bread or rolls, replace butter with olive oil flavoured with balsamic vinegar
→ When you are cooking, replace shortening, lard or hard margarine with oils with healthy fats such as canola, olive and soybean
We are so glad we didn’t see them say to choose low fat cream cheese. This means that there is a big understanding of what needs to be done. So we’ll take these swaps as a win.
What we see is the government getting on board with what we at Plant Trainers have been saying all along. Make the changes that can change your health. The same changes that helped us lose weight, shrink a tumor and clear heart disease. Not only are these changes better for our health, but they are also an improvement for the animals and our environment.
Now our clients won’t have to work so hard at convincing their friends and family they are making the right choice. They’ve got the Canadian government on their side.
So, what do you have to say about this historical event?