Do you eat at your desk? If you answered “yes”, you’re not alone.
A study at Dalhousie University found that almost 40% of Canadians eat at their desk (read more here and a read a news clip here).
In celebration of Nutrition Month, Dietitians of Canada encourages us to be mindful of our eating habits. This means being aware of how we eat, what we eat, why we eat, when we eat and where we eat.
Here are 3 reasons why eating at your desk isn’t a great idea.
- You may be less productive. I’m a big fan of multi-tasking, but not when it comes to eating. Being glued to your screen all day can be tiring, stressful and inefficient. Step away from your desk to recharge and reboot your energy.
- You may overeat. A study published in the journal of Physiology & Behaviour found that people who eat while reading their smartphones actually ate 15% more calories at that meal. Distracted eating makes it difficult for us to tune into what and how much we’re eating. Eating mindfully encourages us to be present with our food and enjoy food with all of our senses.
- You may be missing out on socializing and sunshine. If you have a desk job, you’re probably spending a lot of time sitting. Give your brain and body a break by taking time to have lunch with friends and co-workers. Head outdoors for some sunshine and fresh air. You’ll be glad you did!
Happy Nutrition Month 2020! This year’s theme is “More than Food!”
When we think of healthy eating, we often think about WHAT to eat and maybe even WHAT NOT to eat. But healthy eating is more than food. It’s about HOW to eat too. Mindful eating encourages us to be aware of our hunger and fullness cues, to be present with food, and to be non-judgmental with our food choices.
Watch my fun interview and Mindful Eating Quiz on CHCH Morning Live.
For more nutrition tips check out the Dietitians of Canada website.
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I was happy to attend the annual Dietitians of Canada conference in beautiful Vancouver last week and listened to a presentation by Ann Ellis – Manager of Dietary Guidance Manager at Health Canada – who shared the latest update on the revisions to Canada’s Food Guide.
Originally, the new Food Guide was supposed to be out by now, but Health Canada is waiting for additional data about Canadian’s eating habits, so the timelines have shifted.
Later this fall, Health Canada plans to launch a “Suite of Resources:
• Canada’s Dietary Guidelines for Health Professionals and Policy Makers – A report providing Health Canada’s policy on healthy eating. This report will form the foundation for Canada’s Food Guide tools and resources.
• Canada’s Food Guide Healthy Eating Principles – Communicating Canada’s Dietary Guidelines in plain language.
• Canada’s Food Guide Graphic – Expressing the Healthy Eating Principles through visuals and words.
• Canada’s Food Guide Interactive Tool – An interactive online tool providing custom information for different life stages, in different settings.
• Canada’s Food Guide Web Resources – Mobile-responsive healthy eating information (factsheets, videos, recipes) to help Canadians apply Canada’s Dietary Guidelines.
In Spring 2019, Health Canada plans to release:
• Canada’s Healthy Eating Pattern for Health Professionals and Policy Makers – A report providing guidance on amounts and types of foods as well as life stage guidance.
• Enhancements to Canada’s Food Guide – Interactive Tool and Canada’s Food Guide – Web Resources – Enhancements and additional content to Canada’s web application on an ongoing basis.
Some other insights that I learned:
– Health Canada is hoping to get back to an overall pattern of eating and highlight nutrients of public health concern. The new Canada’s Food Guide will also have a heavy focus on food skills and determinants to health.
– There is no intent to advise consumers to avoid meat in the new Food Guide.
– The new Food Guide will focus more on the proportionality and frequency of meals, rather than numbers of servings to consume. In other word, information about number of servings may be more “behind the scenes” info for health professionals rather than front-facing info for consumers
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