Goodbye, 2015 and hello, 2016!
The New Year is always a good time to make new plans, set some goals and look ahead to the rest of the year. Of course, you could make resolutions any day, but it helps a little bit to use a firm date to get started and not procrastinate too much.
Whether your resolution is weight loss or mindful eating, we can give you the tools to create healthy meals at home. For the month of January, we’ll be your guide to making your New Year’s resolutions easy. Throughout the month, we’ll be helping you overcome those foodie resolutions!
Nowadays, people love experimenting with different diets; Paleo (aka, “primal” or “ancestral”), low carb, vegetarian, vegan, raw food or intermittent fasting, you name it! There are endless amounts of diets out there, but to us, one diet trumps them all.
Whether you prefer meat or vegetables, low-fat or low-carb, cooked or raw, it’s hard to go wrong eating “real food” a.k.a. real food that’s grown or raised on the Earth. Here at Chef’s Plate, one thing we really truly believe in is the ability for the body to respond to eating real food. We welcome all diets but our main goal is to feed you with fresh ingredients rather than processed items. We know that fueling your body with natural foods brings lots of nutrition. When you eat real food, your body can pull the nutrients from it to do what it needs to do.
It goes without saying, that it is always easier to make healthy food choices when cooking at home than anywhere else. Research suggests that people who prepare food at home (versus food prepared outside the home) tend to eat healthier. They consume fewer calories, less saturated fat and sodium, and more fiber and nutrients per meal. That’s because you can control what goes into your meals and minimize the need for over-salting or over-processing your food.
We’re a big believer in home cooking (obviously). Not only do you get to control what goes into your food, but you can adjust the taste to how you want it too! Want to cut back on sodium? Or see exactly what went into that pasta? You can, ’cause you made that bad boy!
Did you know that most Canadians have little understanding of what a serving size actually looks like? Research from York University suggests most Canadians underestimate what constitutes as one serving of meat, grain, fruit or vegetable under Canada’s Food Guide.
If you are trying to improve your eating habits, choosing better-for-you foods is only one part of the equation. In addition, it’s good to know how much to eat. Rather than devouring a heaping plateful of food whenever you’re hungry, we want to help you eat right-sized meals and take your time enjoying them. Oftentimes, you’ll realize you didn’t need quite as much food as you thought to feel satisfied.
Stay tuned for next week’s blog post on how to save money and waste less!