Lifestyle factors, including good nutrition and adequate exercise, have the potential to influence our health. A nutritious diet can help prevent illness and can help lower the risk of developing chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, dementia and certain types of cancer. In fact, almost 80 per cent of premature stroke and heart disease can be prevented through healthy lifestyle behaviours (such as eating healthy, being active and living smoke free).
There are many diets or eating patterns, some healthier than others. So you may be wondering, which eating pattern is best?
The reality is that there is no one absolutely, positively best diet for everyone. Everyone differs in terms of their:
Building a Balanced Diet
A basic healthy diet for disease prevention includes the following foods:
Work With a Dietitian
Consider working with a dietitian if you have health goals or concerns about your risk of chronic disease. We will work with you to embrace food, understand it and to enjoy it while considering your overall objectives, needs and challenges. As dietitians, we look beyond fads and gimmicks to deliver reliable, life-changing advice.
Writer: Stephanie MacNeill (RD)