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Take the Fight Out of Food

Caitlin Minard RD, MScA

How’s your relationship with food? Your Timmins and area dietitians want to know! This March, we celebrated Nutrition Month, and this year’s theme was taking the fight out of food; meaning improving your relationship with food, no matter the struggle. Let’s talk a little bit about what we can do to tackle our food fights.

There are so many food fights that people face on a daily basis. Some common food fight examples include food fads, digestive woes, picky eating, stress-related eating, and managing a medical condition. Sometimes we’re faced with many different food fights at once! So, how can we tackle these issues and develop healthy eating habits that are lasting? Well, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer, but this 3-step process is a good place to start:

  1. Spot the problem: Identify what is causing your problem/fight with food. Figuring out the root of the problem can help bring clarity to the solution.
  2. Get the facts: There is so much information available on the internet. It’s important to sift through the junk and seek what is credible. Always pay attention to the source of the information you’re reading… Who’s the author? Do they have a hidden agenda to sell you something? When was the article published?
  3. Seek support: Making healthy lifestyle changes that stick is so hard to accomplish! It’s even more difficult on your own. If you have someone in your life to hold you accountable and encourage the changes you’re making, you’re more likely to succeed. Seek support from a local dietitian, family and/or friends.

Eating should be joyful and pleasurable, but it can also be confusing and frustrating. Figuring out the best foods to buy, prepare, serve and eat can be difficult. With accurate information and a good support system, everyone can be better equipped to make healthy food choices and reduce their struggles with food.

If you have any questions or comments regarding nutrition and healthy lifestyles, please contact the Porcupine Health Unit  by phone (705-267-1181 or 1-800-461-1818), or through the nutrition Facebook and Twitter pages (PHU Eats).

This year’s Nutrition Month campaign was a collaborative effort including dietitians from private practice, CCAC, the Timmins Family Health Team, Misiway, the VON Diabetes Education Centre, MICs Group of Health Services and the Porcupine Health Unit. The campaign was also held in partnership with the Healthy Kids Community Challenge Timmins-Misiway.