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Kick-start healthier eating this month

Toronto, March 1, 2016

By Becca Goss

Dr. Nicholas Vozoris

There are over 30 registered dietitians employed throughout St. Michael’s, from pediatrics to the ICU, who work with patients to ensure they receive proper nutrition in the hospital and set up nutrition plans for when they leave.

March is Nutrition Month, so there is no better time to set your own nutrition goals and start taking steps towards healthier eating. With help from Dietitians Canada, here are five tips to start eating healthy:

Tip 1 – Get ready

Start your healthy eating goals by reflecting on what you eat on a daily basis. Focus on making one small change and sticking to it, instead of trying to change everything at once. Take it one meal at a time. Committing to make a healthy change is a great first step.

Find out more information on getting yourself ready for better eating.

Tip 2 – Quality counts

When it comes to food choices, quality counts. Nourishing foods promote health and can help you feel your best. Take small steps to bump up the quality of your meals and snacks: get clever with cooking, swap in nutrient-rich choices and enjoy deliciously healthy foods.

Here are some tips to get you started.

Tip 3 – Prioritize portion size

When it comes to healthy eating, how much you eat can be just as important as what you eat. Eating portions that are too big can lead to overeating and weight gain. Manage portion sizes by measuring with your hand and fingers, using smaller plates and turning off screens while you eat.

Follow these tips to manage the munchies while enjoying realistic portions.

Tip 4 – Try something new

Think healthy eating is bland? No way! Healthy eating tastes great! Keep it interesting: get creative with cooking strategies, experiment with new flavours and refresh your recipes.

Get inspired.

Tip 5 – Make it stick

Lack of time, eating out, holidays, stress? We all have challenges that can sidetrack our healthy eating plans. Keeping kitchen cupboards stocked with healthy snack foods and bringing your lunch to work are two great ways to stick with your nutrition goals.

Here are more strategies to help your small changes stick.

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.