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1 The Importance of Healthy Eating Ashleigh Callan, MSc.AHN, RD May 14 th, 2014 Caregiver Support Series

2 Outline What is healthy eating & why eat healthy Canada’s Food Guide Plate Mate Staying Hydrated How to manage poor appetites Tips for making nutritious meals with limited time

3 What is Healthy Eating? Eating a variety of foods from Canada’s Food Guide Having balanced meals Trying something new

4 Why Eat Healthy? Source of important vitamins and minerals Good source of energy To maintain health ▫Makes care to that person better

5 Canada’s Food Guide Standard to follow for healthy eating 4 Food Groups: ▫Vegetables & Fruit ▫Grain Products ▫Milk & Alternatives ▫Meat & Alternatives

6 Fruits & Vegetables Largest ribbon on the food guide Filled with important nutrients Choose whole fruit over juice

7 Follow the Plate Mate How our plates should be divided at lunch & dinner Meals ▫At least 3 of 4 food groups Snacks ▫At least 2 of 4 food groups

8 Eating Regularly 1.How many meals do you usually eat each day? a)3 meals b)4-5 small meals c)2 meals d)1 large meal

9 Stay Hydrated Water is best Other sources of fluid: ▫Coffee/tea ▫Milk ▫100% Fruit Juice ▫Vegetable Juice ▫Broth

10 How to Manage Poor Appetites?  Small frequent meals  Keep nutritious snacks handy  Include high protein and high calorie foods in meals and snacks throughout the day  Nutritional supplements, such as liquid meal replacements, may be helpful

11 Making Nutritious Meals with Less Time Cook once, eat twice Use “healthy” convenience foods to your advantage ▫Frozen F/V ▫Roasted chickens ▫Prepared salads ▫Pre-cut fresh F/V ▫Canned tuna/salmon ▫Canned beans/legumes ▫Shredded cheese ▫Canned diced tomatoes/pasta sauce ▫Eggs

12 Making Nutritious Meals with Less Time Microwave cooking Freeze it Slow-cooker Make recipes with few ingredients ▫Frittata, Sandwich, pasta

13 For Men & Women over 50 Need for calcium and vitamin D increases ▫From both food & supplements

14 In Summary Eating a healthy and balanced diet is important Follow Canada’s food guide; choose a variety of foods Don’t forget to drink! Find ways to cut down on cooking time Most Importantly ▫Make sure to look after yourself! Your health is the key to this person's care

15 Questions?


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