Lifestyle Re-Written

 

How does it come to this?  I go to the grocery store and purchase what is considered the norm in my household. A couple of KD, brown beans, diced tomatoes, etc. I thought we were wise shoppers until I stumbled upon an article posted today on Global News,  that Canadians are the second largest buyers of ultra-processed foods and drinks in the world, second to the Americans.  It’s true!  I had gone through my pantry, freezer, refridgerator and was disappointed in some of my purchases.

 

How is that this is what we do?  Comfort foods, quick snacks, juices, cheese slices and of course yummy  desserts.  This is not ideal and as I read the article, these are the kinds of foods my kids eat.  They are picky and if it were not for these foods, they would not eat.  This is really no news to me.  I myself have made great strides in purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables, maintain a routine by working out, walking daily and keeping busy.  It’s great if it is just me, however my kids do not share my values on health.   Let’s face it, the marketed packaging appeals to them and not to mention it tastes good with all that salt and fat (this I do agree with).  We have all resorted at one time or another to the Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide    and have tired to follow it to the letter, however some of us eat only when we are actually hungry.  However, when marketing has had this incredible power of influencing consumers, what other way was there?A report conducted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the University of Montreal was published and it stated that children are the highest affect of our population.

 

How is it that while I was growing up, these were not concerns, however 35-40 + years later, they are now looking at re-labelling.  This comes to no real surprise to me – I had been seeing dietician a year ago and the Government was already implementing this so that people were more aware of what the food we are purchasing was properly labelled for better lifestyle choices.  (even after consulting with a dietician – I still have difficulties with what the label says).  With food we need to level the playing field, for me and when I get groceries, if I am looking at a label, I might prefer it to be simple like good or bad.  Lets face it, food has become so complicated that it is no wonder we reach for the chips, crackers or cookies.  Not to mention today’s working mothers – do not want to spend that much time in a kitchen, quick and simple!

 

Do you know how to read your food labels?  Do you understand what it states?  I for one do not.  This new Guide shows you the Nutritional Labelling and how to read them.  The Globe and Mail had an article “There’s a long way to go to truly improve food labels in Canada” written by Carly Weeks

 

@carlyweeks

 

healthycanadians.gc.ca

 

 

5 thoughts on “Lifestyle Re-Written

  1. I will admit that I am very much the type of person that relies on convenience food. I’m a busy person that does not like to cook and for many years I depended on whatever the deli in the grocery store was making and salad from a bag. I feel like the tides are starting to turn, though. Through social media I was made aware of food delivery services like Chefs Plate. Each week I get a box with everything I need for two recipes that will feed two people (four meals for me!) and since I get to preview the recipes online I can see what their ratings are, between easy and hard, and select ones I know are in my skill level. This has led to me eating a lot more home cooked meals that still have the same level of convenience.

  2. Hi Terrip73,

    I met with a dietician a couple of months ago. She asked me to use an app called myfinesspal to track my diet. The app is great and I have remained diligent with my food diary but it has not been easy. One of the features of the app I really like is the bar scan feature. It allows you to scan the label and edit quantities etc., and record the item consumed in a diary.
    It generates a real time as you go and at the end of the day you can see how, calories consumed fats, fibre % of daily recommended vitamins and host of other things. As easy as it sounds I have learned that many things are labeled incorrectly and most of the fresh stuff not labeled at all. So yes, labelling has to be way better if we want to make informed healthy food choices. Oh, and working dad’s should also take some responsibility for family food choices….

    Your blog could use subtitles.

    The dietician did mention that most people do not eat enough fibre so I guess better fibre optics could improve labels……

    Great topic!

  3. Terri, I love this blog, and would like to offer my insight. I work in the food industry, and for a fact I can say that consumers do not read labels. And I am not referring to just nutritional information, but also allergen information – we have had customers reach out to us upset that their child has had an allergic reaction to peanuts, and when it is pointed out to them that peanuts are included in the list of ingredients their response is “well who reads that”. I am always shocked. So why would nutrition labels be any different? I am busy and don’t have time to prepare a lot of my meals from scratch, and as such rely heavily on processed foods. However I have recently lost 72 pounds, and the change has been that I read nutrition labels more and select foods that meet my nutritional goals,and follow serving sizes. Consumers can’t leave everything to the government or food companies – we also have to be accountable and pay attention to the information on our foods. Thanks again Terri!

  4. I enjoyed reading you blog Terri. I find nutrition facts on the products are not easy to understand and not accurate. when I go for grocery shopping usually I spend 50 seconds reading the food labeling. I remember starting reading these labels when my son stared to ask me to buy him cereal. I read an article about how to make healthy grocery shopping. first, avoiding products that has many coloring ingredients, second, products that has less sugar comparing to other products, finally, products that has less ingredients,for example I will chose a product that has 10 ingredients but not the one that has 30 ingredients.

    Thank you Terri, great topic

  5. Awesome post Terri. I find myself reading the ingredient list rather than the labels more often! Even with my moisturisers and hair products, I’ve learned that alcohol in the top five ingredients of a moisturiser is not exactly hydrating. With regards to dog food also, I avoid the ingredients listed as “chicken by product meal” or “rawhide” as they are extremely chemically processed and can cause gut problems for my dog. I think they recently changed the Canadian Food guide as it was suggested to have 10-12 servings of grain products in a day. I think this has now been revised to 6-7 which is a great improvement, and fruits and vegetables have jumped to 8-10.

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