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Overhauling your eating habits made easy

Overhauling long–set eating habits doesn't have to mean huge change.Instead of taking a bite out of your lifestyle, try taking smallerhealthier nibbles – you will likely end up being more successful in thelong term.

Overhauling long–set eating habits doesn't have to mean huge change. Instead of taking a bite out of your lifestyle, try taking smaller healthier nibbles – you will likely end up being more successful in the long term.

Tina Stewart, a dietitian with Loblaw Companies Limited, suggests these simple tips when grocery shopping.

Look for colours

It's easy to add a wide variety of nutrients such as polyphenols, antioxidants from plant foods that work in the body to enhance health, into your daily diet – just look for bright colours in the produce department.
Red, blue, yellow, orange and dark green vegetables and fruits provide the most concentrated source of polyphenols.

Find fibre in different places – 25 to 35 grams of fibre a day

Fibre is important for proper digestion and can help maintain a healthy body weight. Whole grains are a good source of fibre, as are many fruits like berries and raisins.

Don't rule out fat

Our bodies need good fats – try to include oils and foods that contain monounsaturated fats, to help reduce cholesterol in your diet, such as olive oil, avocado oil, canola oil, avocados and nuts.

Fruit all year round

Frozen fruit offer the same vitamins and minerals as fresh fruit, but are available any time of year and can be more affordable when fresh varieties are not in season. In fact, frozen fruit can often contain more nutrients than fresh fruit. Look for varieties without added sugar or syrup.

Planned snacks

To start stocking your cupboard with healthier snacks, look for high fibre or reduced fat versions of your favourite snack foods. Portion them out into reusable containers that you and the kids can take to work and
school to help you avoid those tempting vending machines and sugary snacks.

Tina Stewart also advises a positive attitude when trying to change eating habits. “Remember eating healthier does not need to be difficult. With 100 new healthier items in the latest President's Choice Insiders Report and the Helping You Live Life Well event in Loblaw retail stores across the country, we make grocery shopping for healthier options simple. We offer a great selection of delicious and easy products, and with an ongoing focus on fresh food offerings, we aim to motivate Canadians to live healthier lives.”

More information and recipes ideas can be found online at www.pc.ca.

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