You need many different nutrients for good health – carbohydrates, fats, proteins, water, and a number of vitamins and minerals. No one food supplies all you need. You must get the nutrients you need from a variety of foods. The Canada’s Food Guide which you will learn about in this kit, includes just about everything you need to know to choose a healthy diet. All foods fit into this guide somewhere. Eating healthy is a matter of variety, balance, and moderation.
The Canada’s Food Guide and your Heart Institute Prevention and Rehabilitation Centre (HIPRC) Food Diary will be the basis of your personal meal plan. People who follow a meal plan and start to record what they eat are the most successful at eating healthy and managing their weight. In this kit you will:
Step 1. Learn the four food groups in the Canada’s Food Guide
Step 2. Evaluate your current food choices
Step 3. Learn to use the HIPRC Food Diary
Step 4. Decide foods to choose and foods to decrease/avoid