Welcome to the first day of Spring into Shape!
I am someone who could probably be called a “professional dieter”. I have struggled with my weight my whole life and I’ve tried a variety of diets and weight-loss programs. I also read a lot about various programs and, to be honest, sometimes the information I read is so conflicting it is difficult to figure out the best path to choose!
As I am looking to make a true lifestyle change, rather than simply diet to lose weight and then head back to the same bad habits that will impact my health and lead to weight gain, I decided that I should ignore all the information I’ve gained over the years and simply go back to basics.
So where did that lead me?
I learned that the food guide has changed over the years since I last read it! I am eating a lot more meat that the Canada Food Guide recommends and I need to eat more fruits and vegetables (which I actually knew). I actually found that the website also has an Serving Guide Tracker that I can print off to see how well I am following the Food Guide or I can use an Interactive Tool to check my progress.
I also found that the Food Guide website provides a section on Nutrition Labeling that explains how to read food labels and understand what you are reading! It is written in easy to understand terms so I think it is an excellent tool for anyone who wants to learn more about Canadian labeling.
I also decided to check out the Dietitians of Canada website because it has a section called “Your Health”. The section that interested me the most was the Assess Yourself area because it includes a BMI checker (though I couldn’t figure out how to open it to be honest!) and the Eat Tracker which works an online tracking journal for food intake. While I don’t want to count calories, I’m going to test out the Eat Tracker as I want to journal my food intake to see how I am doing each day so I think this website could prove really helpful! These are only a few of the tools you can find on this website.
I found my journey to go back to nutritional basics really helpful!
Are there any other websites that you’ve found helpful in your journey to a healthier life? I’d love it if you shared them!
There are some fellow bloggers who are also working to Spring into Shape – check out their blogs and see how they are doing!
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