Written by Heather Bray RD
Reviewed by Andrea Miller MHSc, RD
Five Reasons that Dietitians LOVE Food
March is National Nutrition Month. Nutrition month has been celebrated by dietitians for over 30 years. It is the most visible public awareness campaign for the profession and targets millions of Canadians each year.
This year dietitians help Canadians Unlock the Potential of Food. Everyday dietitians help Canadians unlock the potential of food to enhance lives, improve health, inspire children, fuel activities and bring people together.
I’m so excited to be part of this year’s Dietitians of Canada Nutrition Month Campaign. We are celebrating Nutrition Month 2019 by helping Canadians unlock the potential of food to fuel, discover, prevent, heal and bring us together. Dietitians are key.
Dietitians are well versed in the many ways in which they can work with others to Unlock the Potential of Food. Here are 5 reasons why dietitians LOVE food and why you should too!
- The Potential to Fuel
Food provides our bodies with the energy and nutrients we need. By fueling your body with the energy and nutrients it needs, you are unlocking the potential to fuel.
One way you can unlock the potential to fuel is by planning ahead and choosing healthy snacks. Dietitians can help you make nutritious decisions, simply ask!
- The Potential to Discover
A great way for children to learn about healthy eating habits is through engagement! Through your influence, your child can discover the potential of food by: keeping it fun, incorporating learning activities, involving children in the kitchen with age appropriate food skills, making food decisions together and allowing them to explore with food.
Even if you do not have a child to influence, you too can unlock the potential to discover in your own life. There is always something new to explore when it comes to food; a new cultural cuisine, a new fruit or vegetable or a new recipe!
Try out this Falafel Salad and discover a new delicious dish
- The Potential to Prevent
Food can act as medicine for some and has the power to prevent illness and lower the risk of chronic disease. Talking to a dietitian about the potential to prevent is a great way for you to build a healthy eating pattern that works best for you.
- The Potential to Heal
Did you know that dietitians work with all members of the healthcare team by using food and education to improve and enhance people’s lives? Dietitians use their knowledge in science and nutrition to deliver reliable and life-changing information that can help individuals manage conditions such as: diabetes, heart disease irritable bowel syndrome and celiac disease.
- The Potential to Bring us Together
Food has the heart-warming ability to connect us with our loved ones, make new friends or learn more about our colleagues. For many people, sharing a meal with others can be the highlight of their day. By finding the time in our busy lives to share a meal with others is how we can collectively unlock the potential of food to bring us together.
Try serving this hearty Family Favourite Chili at your next family dinner or with friends
Food is extremely powerful, it’s potential is deeply rooted in each of us. Everyone has a relationship with food because everyone eats! My favourite thing about food is the way it can bring us together. Sharing a meal and talking about it is a great way to get to connect with others. Asking questions such as, “what is the best meal you’ve ever had?” tends to spark great conversations. As a foodie first, dietitian second, I believe that the power that food has, to bring people together is monumental. I love working with people to Unlock the Potential of Food every day!
We all have one thing in common: We love food – it unites us all! We are all passionate about the potential of food and its connection to health.