Eating healthy is not that complicated!

“Cut your gluten, dairy products, meat, fat, sugar, salt… Eat kale, coconut oil, blueberries, broccoli, quinoa… Go on a detox, eat slowly, make your own juice, grind your coffee…” So many tips! So much information! Nowadays, it seems as though staying healthy is becoming increasingly complex, even intimidating. How can we sort through all this information without being overwhelmed?

First, remember one very important fact: the Internet is not regulated. Anyone can post information on the Internet, so check your sources! Is it a reputable nonprofit organization, a dietitian who has done extensive nutrition studies, a blog by someone telling you about their personal experiences or a company that could benefit financially from your loyalty? While we’re at it, you should know the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist: a dietitian has completed scientific studies in the field of nutrition and is a member of a regulated order, which is not the case for nutritionists.

You should also be aware there are no “superfoods,” such as kale, broccoli or blueberries that can cure a disease, infection or condition. Diseases are usually very complex and require complex treatment. There is no magic food that will cure everything. A healthy, varied diet is your best option. It’s much more interesting too!

Although some diets are good for some people, no diet is good for everyone. For example, people with celiac disease have to eliminate gluten from their diet, but what about the rest of us? The truth is most people can eat gluten because it’s not a problem for them. Similarly, although some people have nut allergies, most people don’t have to avoid eating nuts.

Finally, the best advice we can offer is to follow a balanced diet according to Canada’s Food Guide: eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, whole grain products, low-fat dairy products, and lean meat and alternatives (e.g.: fish, legumes, and nuts). It’s the best way to avoid junk food! Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.