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

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the importance of healthy eating

The Importance of Healthy Eating

Ashleigh Callan, MSc.AHN, RD

May 14th, 2014

Caregiver Support Series

outline
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
what is healthy eating
What is Healthy Eating?
  • Eating a variety of foods from Canada’s Food Guide
  • Having balanced meals
  • Trying something new
why eat healthy
Why Eat Healthy?
  • Source of important vitamins and minerals
  • Good source of energy
  • To maintain health
    • Makes care to that person better
canada s food guide
Canada’s Food Guide
  • Standard to follow for healthy eating
  • 4 Food Groups:
    • Vegetables & Fruit
    • Grain Products
    • Milk & Alternatives
    • Meat & Alternatives
fruits vegetables
Fruits & Vegetables
  • Largest ribbon on the food guide
  • Filled with important nutrients
  • Choose whole fruit over juice
follow the plate mate
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
eating regularly
Eating Regularly
  • How many meals do you

usually eat each day?

    • 3 meals
    • 4-5 small meals
    • 2 meals
    • 1 large meal
stay hydrated
Stay Hydrated
  • Water is best
  • Other sources of fluid:
    • Coffee/tea
    • Milk
    • 100% Fruit Juice
    • Vegetable Juice
    • Broth
how to manage poor appetites
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
making nutritious meals with less time
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
making nutritious meals with less time1
Making Nutritious Meals with Less Time
  • Microwave cooking
  • Freeze it
  • Slow-cooker
  • Make recipes with few ingredients
    • Frittata, Sandwich, pasta
for men women over 50
For Men & Women over 50
  • Need for calcium and vitamin D increases
    • From both food & supplements
in summary
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
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