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Good for me and not for you?

Author:  Brette Macey, dietetic intern, Acadia University Dietetic Practicum Program Preceptor: Jane Weber, PDt at the Eastern Kings Memorial Community Health Center

What if I told you that chocolate could be healthy? That going out for an indulgent meal with your friends was not all that bad? What about making that traditional dessert with your family/friends loaded with butter and sugar without the guilt?

The truth is, there is no one-size-fits-all regimen for eating “healthy”.

We are all unique individuals influenced by our own culture, food traditions, health status, and personal circumstances. This is the concept behind the 2021 Nutrition Month theme from Dietitians of Canada: Good for You! Dietitians Help YOU find YOUR Healthy. The theme focuses on individuals discovering what healthy means in their own lives, within their own personal circumstances, and for their own nutritional needs. Healthy eating truly looks different for everyone.

Good for You! emphasizes the cultural, social, and emotional elements of food and eating, which can be just as important as the physical nourishment food provides. Research suggests that when individuals focus on nutrition changes that work within their own lives, they are more likely to see lasting success and improvements in health. Sometimes the smallest changes can have the biggest impact on our own health and wellness.

I challenge you to investigate your own definition of health- what do you deem “Good for YOU? Personally, eating a variety of plant-based foods provides me with the energy and nourishment I need to feel good.

That being said, nothing beats making homemade perogies with my Nana and enjoying some of her butter tarts!

As dietitians and health care workers, it is important to remember the multitude of factors that influence an individual’s ability to live their healthiest lifestyle. Encouraging clients to find their own Good for You! can relieve the pressure to be perfect and lead to the greatest transformations in health.

PCDA Note: March 17th is Dietitians’ Day. Today we celebrate Dietitians’ of the past, present and future. We wanted to highlight this post today as educating and supporting RD2Bs is a goal of the PCDA Mission: …to become highly skilled at providing medical nutrition therapy, disease prevention and health promotion within comprehensive primary health care.  

A special thank you to Jane and Brette (and Brette’s Nana)

Sources

Adapted from the Dietitians of Canada’s Nutrition Month materials. https://www.dietitians.ca/DietitiansOfCanada/media/Documents/Resources/NM2021-Activity-Guide-English.pdf?ext=.pdf

Find more information about Nutrition Month at NutritionMonth2021.ca

 Hills, A. P., Byrne, N. M., Lindstrom, R., & Hill, J. O. (2013). ‘Small changes’ to diet and physical activity behaviors for weight management. Obesity facts6(3), 228–238. https://doi.org/10.1159/000345030

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