I just stumbled across a FANTASTIC website that I must share:
Eat Right Ontario
That's right! This site is brought to you by the government of Ontario. Apparently the government felt it was finally time to educate the Ontario public that poutine is not a food group and we really should be consuming more water and less product from the Molson and Labatt breweries between meals! I jest. This really is a cool site.
The service was designed to provide easy-to-use nutrition information to help improve the health and quality of life of residents of Ontario (or anyone with internet access, really!) through healthy eating. The site includes a wealth of nutrition tools, and offers many additional resources to support you in developing healthy eating habits. All the material is provided by Registered Dieticians.
1. Featured Articles on Food and Nutrition
The site includes a wide range of interesting topics that are updated on a regular basis. FAQs ask the questions you should be asking.
2. Ask a Registered Dietician a question by email or phone
EatRight Ontario allows you to ask nutrition-related questions and receive feedback by phone or email from a Registered Dietitian. I gave this feature a test-run the other day. I inquired about serving sizes for the less common fruits (pomegranate, dates, star fruit) and was pleased to see a detailed response in my inbox within 3 days (including links to additional helpful articles on serving sizes).
3. Customized, Interactive Meal Plans
My favourite feature of this site! Enter your gender, age, and specify your eating requirements from a detailed list of options (including weight loss, athlete, or simply low-cost eating for 1 or 2!), and away you go....a fully interactive meal plan! The meal plan allows you to swap meals, get recipes in an instant and even create a shopping list in an instant.
It is so refreshing to see government and Big Business across the globe focusing on the issue of healthy eating. From Michelle Obama's ability to turn her White House garden to soapbox, to Walmart's recent announcement of healthy food options (though I'm still a little skeptical of this one!). Seeing resources like this available help knock down excuses and empower us to make better choices.
And now, a quick update on MOI:
Weight loss: average (-2)
Running: nada (temps hit -24C or -13F last week and are just now warming up!)
Stress level: high
I'm looking forward to enjoying the weekend after a 70-hour work week. I'm going to use the time to recharge and get out there for a good run or two.
Have a good one!