Win During Nutrition Month

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March is nutrition month across North America. As a dietitian and member of Dietitians of Canada, it is my pleasure to remind you of the importance of healthy eating this month. The Dietitians of Canada have made this year’s theme Best Food Forward: Plan, Shop, Cook, Enjoy!

I am taking this opportunity to help you think about your nutrition and get into healthy eating habits in two ways:

SHARE YOUR BEST HEALTH TIP WITH ME AND WIN

During nutrition month, I want to hear what your favourite health tips are. Leave your tip in a comment below. Each health tip you leave will give you one entry into a draw to win a VISA gift card. Draw will be selected at random on March 31st.

Make sure to follow me on Twitter, I will also be posting daily nutrition tips during the month of March.

JOIN MY DIG IN CHALLENGE TEAM

In recognition of this year’s theme, I have entered a team in the Dig in Challenge, a local initiative that touches on all my personal beliefs to plan, shop, cook and eat healthy —something I have coached many of you in. I invite you to join my team, Ultimate Potentials in this challenge. (Register under workplace and type in Ultimate Potentials as team name.)

What is it? The Dig-In Challenge is a local food initiative aimed at getting Manitobans to eat foods that are healthy, and local, sustainable, and fairly traded.

What do I have to do? It’s up to you to decide. The challenge provides ideas and activities to get you eating local foods and free workshops designed to teach your new food skills.

How much time will it take? Dedicate as little or as much as you want.

How much does it cost? It’s free!

Sign up and join my team Ultimate Potentials here.

 

Wising you as always health, happiness and peace,

Phyllis Reid-Jarvis, Dietitian Coach

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March 5, 2013 Coaching Potentials Corporate 23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Jenn

    March 6, 2013

    I start each day with an empty plate in mind and by the end of the day I want to picture it being at least half full of fresh fruits and vegetables that I’ve eaten that day. I like to look at the entire day rather than meal by meal. Eat those fruits and veggies folks!

    • Solns4living

      March 6, 2013

      Jenn,
      This is a great tip! The simplicity and practicality and of course the health benefits of this strategy are definitely winning combinations!
      Be well!

  2. Michelle H

    March 6, 2013

    As a way to make eating veggies quick & convenient, I actually buy small platters of cut veggies from the grocery store. This saves lots of preparation time, and makes it more convenient to eat veggies (over other ‘convenience foods’). Thanks for this chance to win!

    • Solns4living

      March 6, 2013

      Great strategy Michelle! Too many people take themselves out by saying ‘I don’t have the time’. There are many convenient foods such as the cut up vegetables you mentioned that can save time, health and sanity!Thank you for sharing this and good luck!

  3. Craig H

    March 6, 2013

    My wife and I bake large batches of homemade cookies with wholesome ingredients like flax, whole wheat flour, and oats. We freeze them, which makes them just as convenient as buying a bag of store bought cookie (which aren’t generally as healthy).

    • Solns4living

      March 6, 2013

      Craig,
      Thank you! I really like this comment as it shows everyone you can have sweet treats without compromising good health and good taste. Feel free to post us your recipe.
      Be well!

      • Heather H.

        March 6, 2013

        I have a glass of water before each meal, and then I feel I don’t overeat…

        • Solns4living

          March 7, 2013

          Thanks Heather! the key is always to stop overeating. I am glad this strategy works for you!

  4. Marlene E

    March 12, 2013

    As a new label reader I am shocked at the amount of salt in products and have taken steps to reduce the amount of canned goods we consume, purchasing fresh/frozen vegetables instead and preparing double batches of home made soup that can be frozen for future use. Actually preparing double batches of any food and freezing for future use is a good idea.

    • Solns4living

      March 15, 2013

      Marlene, great tip! I have been using this tip for my self and my family for more than 20 years and it works! It not only saves your health but time, money and stress of figuring out what to cook after a busy day at work. Thank you!

  5. John Ferguson

    March 12, 2013

    Moderation – That’s the ticket! Enjoy – life is too short. Have a glass of wine, enjoy a snack, but do so In moderation. Exercise – eat well – rest and repeat. Make it a habit – Enjoy.

    • Solns4living

      March 15, 2013

      You know John,as much as so many people don’t want to hear the word ‘moderation’ in the context of the key to achieving and living your best life possible- it is the key! Be well!

  6. Mandy

    March 13, 2013

    Start at the grocery store. When you are shopping stick to the outside of the store where all the fresh, unprocessed foods are. Try to fill your cart with whole grains, fresh meat and plenty of fruits and vegetables before you even go through the other isles.

    • Solns4living

      March 15, 2013

      Mandy, this way, by filling the cart with the good stuff first it leaves little to no room for the ‘other stuff’- I love this strategy! Keep posting and sharing! Thank you!

  7. Trish Bell

    March 13, 2013

    When I am hosting workplace meetings I always look to provide a variety of healthy snack choices like fruits, vegetables, low fat cheeses, nuts and a jug of water with lemon/lime wedges (to avoid bottled water).

    • Solns4living

      March 15, 2013

      Trish, I wish more workplaces would adopt this simple yet powerful strategy. It would do everyone so much good! Thanks for sharing!

  8. H John

    March 14, 2013

    Choices – Make Healthy choices, Instead of a cookie, have a slice of fruit. And Moderation – that’s the key – watch portion control, half a cup is just that. Stay with in the guidlines and you will see results.

    • Solns4living

      March 14, 2013

      John, great tips that will work in all areas of our lives! Thank you!

  9. H

    March 15, 2013

    Fridays are my favorite day. Commit time just for you. Whether it be Friday, or any day, spend some time on YOU. My Friday afternoon is committed to a 2K swim, followed by a long shower. – John Time. Enjoy.

    • Solns4living

      March 15, 2013

      Love this! Sundays are Phyllis’ days- they are held and guarded fiercely! I spend my early Sunday mornings in quiet meditation/devotion in the first 2-hrs of waking. I follow this with a church service of fellowship. Then lunch, then reading, connecting with my two sons- one on one as well as together. Yoga in the earlier part of the day, a rejuvenation/re-creation nap in the early afternoon. This is all followed with a long meditation walk in nature in the evening- year round! Once Monday rolls around I am super rested, re-charged, re-created and re- juvenated!
      Thanks for sharing!

  10. Craig H

    March 20, 2013

    Tall Grass Folk Festival Cookie

    INGREDIENTS
    3/4 cup butter
    3/4 cup brown sugar
    1/3 cup white sugar
    2 large eggs
    1/3 cup water
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
    3/4 tsp baking soda
    1/4 tsp salt
    1 1/4 cup rolled oats
    1/2 cup ground flax
    1/4 cup sunflower seeds
    1/ 1/4 cup chocolate chips (I use chunks of Lindt milk chocolate)
    1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut

    METHOD
    Mix butter with both sugars until evenly incorporated. Add eggs, water and vanilla. Stir until just mixed. Add all the dry ingredients, mix until evenly combined. The dough will be sticky and soft. Chill for 30 minutes before shaping. Drop one rounded tablespoon of dough onto a greased cookie sheet or onto baking parchment. Press each cookie flat (the dough will not flatten without help). Bake at 350˙F for 12-15 minutes. When done, they should be lightly browned and firm to the touch. Folk Festival cookies are best if baked the same day as mixed

    Enjoy!

  11. Solns4living

    March 22, 2013

    Craig, this cookie sounds delicious! Lots of good heart healthy ingredients. Another great example of healthy and nutritious can taste good too! Thanks for this, I will make up a batch. Phyllis

    • Craig H

      March 29, 2013

      You’re welcome! They are definitely a favourite in our home. Enjoy!

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