I’ve been geeking out this week about the new Canada Food Guide. When I sent a note to Jerry Agar’s producer about doing a segment about it, they asked what I wanted to say about it – as in, “It’s not that big of a deal, is it?” It took me a moment to reply. I gathered my thoughts, because I couldn’t go on air and just say how exciting it was. They need an angle, duh. I came up with an angle: the 2007 guide was as outdated as a Sony Walkman, and this is Health Canada’s default for food.
It’s coming. The recommendation from Health Canada and our new Food Guide is going to recommend you eat more plant-based foods. What does that mean exactly? For some, it means eating more fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, grains, nuts and seeds. For others, it means only eating those foods and leaving behind the meat, fish, dairy, and eggs. Either way, including more plants in your diet is only going to increase fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and improve every single aspect of your health.
The Ketogenic diet – not to be confused with keto-acidosis, which is a dangerous condition experienced by diabetics, is a complete metabolic shift, switching the body over from using glucose and carbohydrates as an energy source to fats – either stored or from your diet. This metabolic shift that has your body burning fat, from diet or stores, produces molecules known as ketones, which are used for fuel.
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