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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