You have probably heard of the common expression “you are what you eat”. While this obviously should not be taken literally, there is some truth to it. The type of foods that you consume certainly play an important role in your overall health!
There are many factors that contribute to one’s health, but one of the key indicators that reflect good health would be life expectancy. In Canada, life expectancy has been steadily increasing in the past decade. A publication from the Government of Canada indicated that Canada is a relatively healthy nation, but there are still some areas of concern to consider.
One of those concerns is that more than one in five Canadian adults are living with one or more chronic diseases. They include cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases or cancer. For some of these diseases, it can be attributed to unhealthy eating, and this is why it is important to maintain your health with a nutrition-rich diet.
Many Canadians have actually shifted their eating habits because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A report by HelloFresh found that nearly 60 percent of Canadians have changed their eating habits. In a research article conducted by Ipsos for TD, it found that 54 percent of Canadians said they are doing more cooking at home.
The pandemic has caused many Canadians to be more mindful of the food that they eat, and this is a great opportunity for some to focus on getting a better diet that would be beneficial for their lifestyles.
The Dangers of a Poor Diet
Usually, most people tend to associate healthy eating as being synonymous with good health. This is certainly true, but having a well-balanced diet that captures all the essential nutrients can also be beneficial for your mind.
Think of healthy food as being like fuel for your brain. Food that is rich in vitamins and minerals will provide better sustenance for your body, but it will also contribute to helping your mind function better. On the flip side, consuming highly-processed food or food that is high in sugar can promote inflammation for your body, as stated in an article by Harvard Medical Health.
Poor nutritional diets can also take a toll on your mental health. From the same article by Harvard, it noted that a diet that is high in refined sugars has the capacity to impair the brain which could worsen the symptoms of mood disorders like depression.
Furthermore, a report by the American Psychological Association made connections between nutrition and mental illness, where one of the reports cited in the article linked a connection between having a better diet as being a factor in combating depression.
Promoting healthy eating has been one of the main goals of the Dietitians of Canada, where one of their studies shed light on the intersection of mental health and physical health as being associated with a nutrition-rich diet.
Focus on Essential Nutrients: Proteins, Fats & Carbs
In 2019, Canada introduced a new revamped Food Guide which does not contain any food groups, but instead offers a guideline which includes advice on what Canadians should be eating, what food items to avoid and the importance of cooking at home.
You may already be familiar with a lot of nutrients because of the nutrition facts labels that are attached to food items, but do you know the exact benefits of certain nutrients?
We will explore three essential nutrients below.
Protein is essential for your body. As a matter of fact, the average person needs about seven grams of protein for every 20 pounds of body weight they have. Protein is important in your diet because it helps repair cells in your body and make new ones. It is also important for the growth and development of children and teenagers.
Fats can be good for your health, but it depends on what type of fat it is. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats can lower your disease risk. Vegetable oils such as olive and sunflower can be healthy, as well as fish which contains Omega-3 fatty acids which are important for brain development.
Carbohydrates or carbs for short, are an important part of a healthy diet. Food such as bread and pasta are rich in carbs, and it is important that carbs should not be taken in excess. Carbs provide the body with glucose, which is converted into energy to fuel bodily functions and physical activity.
How Well Street’s Food Seminars Can Help
As reported in an article by York University, it found that the average Canadian is not eating a diet that promotes optimal health, where Canadians are consuming foods that are too high in calories and sugar, and there is not enough intake of fruits and vegetables.
Having a good grasp of health and nutrition is important, and that is why Well Street offers two specialized seminars that can help you gain a better understanding to promote your well-being.
“Good Food: You Are What You Eat” is a seminar that focuses on the importance of nutritious diets. Nutrients such as proteins, fats and carbs are further explored in this seminar, and it will provide you with a well-informed overview of what type of food would be best for your body in order to achieve optimal health.
“Brain Food: Eating for Energy & Focus” is another seminar that looks at the effects certain foods can have on your body. As previously mentioned, having a healthy diet can be beneficial for your brain. This seminar will teach you how certain food items can be good for your mind, which can consequently increase your energy and focus.
This is just a couple of picks from our selection of healthy eating seminars, but each of these seminars will certainly give you an eye-opening realization as to how important your diet is in influencing your overall health.
About Well Street
At Well Street, we are founded on the principles of introducing healthy practices to the workplace, which encompasses both mental and physical health. Comprised of medical professionals who have a background in naturopathy, we aim to help organizations foster a healthy corporate environment in order to boost productivity and morale.
If you would like to learn more about how our team can help you or your company, consider contacting us to find out more. We are happy to provide you with guidelines and approaches to support the wellbeing of your team members through virtual seminars and programs.