Healthy Eating Tips from Mom

I have been an advocate of healthy eating my whole life. I give my mom full credit for this. She was into health foods and yoga during my teen years and her influence has stuck with me to this day.

Recently, my son (a University student in his 20’s) asked me for healthy recipes. What mother doesn’t love to hear that?! It was my pleasure to send him not only the recipes but my three simple rules for eating healthy:

  1. Eat mostly plants (vegetables, fruit, whole grains, beans)
  2. Keep animal/poultry/fish protein to the size of a deck of cards
  3. Eat until you’re no longer hungry rather than until you’re full

To further expand on each rule, here is what we do in our home:

  1. Eat many different colored veggies, especially dark leafy greens
  2. Eat mostly fish, poultry and vegan for protein
  3. Eat slowly and stop when 80% full

I’m by no means perfect with this. Like many people I overdid it on the holidays and I definitely love my dark chocolate and snacks. I just keep it to an occasional treat rather than a daily practice.

Canada’s Food Guide gives an excellent visual of what our plates should look like. This is what we strive for on a daily basis.

Here’s to healthy eating. And thanks Mom! 🙂

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