Entrepreneur, Pharmacist and Politician- Norm Talks about Food and Participation

If you could tell the general public one message about food, nutrition or health what would you say?
I think the most significant thing I’d like people to know is that your health is in your hands to control. Each person needs to have an active level of participation in your own healthcare and your quality of life.
That ranges from the choices you make with consumption of food, types of food you eat, the level of exercise you participate in as well as your involvement and knowledge of your own body and health care treatment.
This means you need to be an active participant in collaboration with your healthcare team which could be your doctor, pharmacist, nurse, dietitian etc. You need to participate, for example, a person who has diabetes may have to participate more but everyone needs to participate on a level.

Megan Basically Answered “Cookies” To All Of My Questions…

Megan the cookie loving dietitian took some time out of her busy day to share her opinions on food security and food wastage with me.

She wants you to know that if you don’t have semi-sweet chocolate chips you should probably buy some before attempting to bake cookies with 85% dark chocolate or you might end up with a very bitter cookie.

Healthy eating for all, nutrition, physical activity this administrative dietitian explains it all.

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.

His nutrition pet peeve is that there is a misconception that there is a scientific debate about sodium. There is a consensus of health organizations from around the world about sodium, there is no debate. Healthy food creates healthy employees who are more productive.

He mentioned the Minister of Agriculture helping to develop food policies to promote healthy living and he states that much of the misinformation spread about nutrition is by the food industry pushing out contradictory information to confuse people.

What if you could get a single message out to the general public about food or health- What would it be?
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.

Don’t Flush Blocks Of Cheese Down The Toilet- Chalie

Chalie is a pharmacist who gave me her opinion on what a healthy diet is. We talked about improving nutrition education for youth in high schools that would teach kids about worldly foods and eating healthfully and how to better serve folks who aren’t as financially stable as others.

Her pet peeves? Elimination diets and cleanses. She believes all foods in moderation is a better approach.

How do you eat healthy in a pharmacy when you don’t get breaks? You plan ahead, pack finger foods and eat inconspicuously.

Oh- don’t flush a block of cheese down the toilet, the plumber bill is expensive…

A School Teacher Shares Her Thoughts On Barriers To Healthy Eating. 

I asked Ali for an interview because I knew that she had recently transitioned from one school to another, giving her a broad perspective of what kids are facing when it comes to healthy eating. She’s worked with recently immigrated children, which I think gives her an insight that we might not all have.

She hit a home run with these answers.

What barriers to healthy eating do you see children in schools face?

Some schools have access to food banks and free healthy meals but there are many that don’t have the access. There were students at a school I worked at recently who weren’t fed breakfast or given snacks for recess time. Then they would go home to eat [and have] very little at lunch which would affect their behavior and performance in school.

This school had a breakfast program but many parents were too proud to send the children to accept the food.

School nutrition programs are a crucial part of providing Canadian youth with adequate food. Presently, Canada is the only G8 country without a national school nutrition program.

South Africa to Canada. Larry Talks About Barriers Of Health

In your opinion what’s one of the biggest barriers we’re facing as a population to healthy eating?

That varies quite a bit in South Africa. There are poorer communities that have shops which provide accessible foods but it’s mostly highly processed foods and sugar added foods. Some of the cultural foods in those areas are deep fried as well. Unfortunately, due to the history of South Africa, many of the people living in these communities aren’t well educated they don’t understand the link between nutrition and health or have the necessary access to healthy inexpensive foods.

They may consume excesses of unhealthy foods because they’re cheaper and we end up seeing the obesity of poverty and the poverty cycle continues. We see malnutrition as well but in Cape Town and surrounding areas we see a lot more obesity-related malnutrition than starvation. 

In the wealthier communities, we see more physical activity and exercise culture.

In these areas healthy eating is almost a trend, however, I do still see obesity in wealthy people. South Africa really is a mixed bag..

Ange Has 57 Ways To Simplify Your Life…

We talked about pesticides, the food babe, GMOs and the over complication of the North American Diet.

Buzzfeed recently wrote an article that was like 57 ways to simplify your life. It’s such clickbait but people like that, they want to simplify. That is our problem, we’re trying to add more things to make our diets healthier but the over complication makes it worse because it’s too difficult to follow.

Baking Slimfast Brownies with RD Luke

Luke is a Registered Dietitian & Performance Nutritionist. After owning and operating
a successful private practice in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada for four years, he moved to Minnesota to join the nutrition team at EXOS – Athletes Performance Institute. He provides performance training and nutrition to elite and professional athletes across North America and internationally. He has provided nutrition counseling and coaching to various NHL and minor hockey league players, as well as CIS and NCAA players. Read more about his baking escapades, his what fad diets really get to him and his overall outlook on nutrition prescriptions.

Laureen Warns Me Not To Microwave Whole Raw Eggs

Laureen is a Physiotherapist with a BEd who has a passion for helping people become more active. She is a true advocate of healthy living. Read more about the time she microwaved whole raw eggs and what she thinks healthy really means.

What Does a Respiratory Therapist Think of Nutrition?

Have you heard of Pickwickian syndrome?

Lauren is a Respiratory Therapist in PEI who has heard of Pickwickian syndrome. She is pretty passionate about it and she’s passionate about feeding her young boys organic food. She loves to cook alone and thinks that making small changes is the key to success for making large changes in your lifestyle.

The (healthy) overweight individual

No one’s weight defines who they are as a person.
I’ve seen another person attacked on social media solely due to their weight in Alberta. Some people are trying to discredit the knowledge and ability of overweight individuals due to the fact that they are visibly overweight.
WHAT THE FUDGE ???
Health is a multifactorial state that truly cannot be easily defined. Quite often a person’s appearance does not define whether they are healthy or not.