Eat foods from all nutrient groups: meats, fish, seafood and alternates, grain products, calcium-containing foods and, of course, berries, roots, vegetables and fruits.
Eat portions that satisfy your needs and help you to achieve a healthy weight. Try to make half of your plate veggies and fruits. Limit grains and starchy foods, and keep meat, fish and alternates to one-quarter of the plate.
Frequently choose foods that have been through as little processing as possible. A good example is eating fresh fruit more often than drinking fruit juices. One hundred per cent fruit juice is a healthier choice than a fruit “drink" or “beverage" – both of which are only mildly better than a fruit-flavoured pop.
Eating different foods from each nutrient group is important. If carrots are the only vegetable you like to eat, try expanding your menu by agreeing to try a new vegetable each week. Although carrots are nutritious, they cannot provide exactly the same nutrients that you will find in broccoli or an avocado. There is no one “perfect" food. Healthy foods give you a wide variety of nutrients that your body needs to grow, heal and function properly. Nutrients include carbohydrates, protein, fat and fibre as well as the very essential vitamins and minerals. For First Nations peoples, traditional food has been a source of sustenance and healing for communities for centuries, not just physically but also emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Many communities affirm that without access to traditional foods, many cultural and traditional practices, including medicinal practices, would be lost.
In addition to its cultural significance, traditional food represents an importance source of sustenance for First Nations peoples. Many First Nations peoples rely on traditional food from fishing, hunting and gathering as a primary food source.
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