Interview overview

I interviewed 30 professionals during the month of March to get an idea of what their opinions of health were and what they perceived the barriers of healthy living to be.

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Aside from their professions the people I interviewed described themselves as yogis, runners, entrepreneurs, politicians, policy makers, health advocates, immigrants, permanent residents, foodies, science enthusiasts, coaches, and trainers.

What is your diet pet peeve or your nemesis diet?

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A few of my favorite quotes:

“When I see a blog post that says dates and peanut butter is the best dessert ever I’m like you’re a liar.” Ang

“If you’re cheating on your diet- break up.” Diana

“No one food will make or break your diet.” Edwena

“I think nutritious also means having a balance. Food needs to provide you with energy to do the things you want to do. Nutritious foods are the foods that allow you to feel and do your best. ” Rachel

“Try to watch the portions of food that you eat and if you are going to eat out be aware of your choices. Eating out is usually for a social experience not just for the food so try to make choices that are healthier by including fruits or vegetables that you will still enjoy.” Lemlem

“Education matters but, if we’re trying to bring about behavior change we need more than just education. We need education and policy, I think the average American and Canadian know that fruits and vegetables are healthier than fries and soda. When you look at the past 30-40 years we can’t argue that people were more educated on nutrition back then. There have been policy changes and the industry has been very adept at obfuscation and health washing its foods.” Andy

“Cleanses and detoxes. It’s incredible that people think they would be good for them. Totally cutting out any macronutrient just isn’t good for you, your body needs them. I’m not a fan of [that type of] restriction.” Mitch

“I would say that Canadians should understand that currently to date the government has been responding to the needs of the food industry, not to the public’s interest in obtaining healthy foods and that needs to change.” Norm

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