Have you checked out the Food Guide lately?

I was very pleased to see that Canada has recognized various food allergies and taken Vegans and Vegetarians in account in their Food Guide Pyramid. Milk and Alternatives lists Soy Milk and the Meat and Alternatives list Tofu, Nuts and seeds, nut butters and cooked legumes as suitable substitutes. Under grain products, quinoa is listed! Quinoa has the highest protein content of any other grain product and it is gluten free for those who have wheat allergies or for Celiacs.

It is nice to know that our government is on the right track when it comes to informing others about suitable alternatives to meat and dairy. Many people are not properly informed.

"Another important step towards better health and a healthy body weight is to follow
Canada’s Food Guide by:

•Eating the recommended amount and type of food each day.

•Limiting foods and beverages high in calories, fat, sugar or salt (sodium) such as cakes and pastries, chocolate and candies, cookies and granola bars, doughnuts and muffins, ice cream and frozen desserts, french fries, potato chips, nachos and other salty snacks, alcohol, fruit flavored drinks, soft drinks, sports and energy drinks, and sweetened hot or cold drinks. "

Exercise is extremely important and many adults as well as children don't come close to the recommended amount of time stated!

"Canada’s Physical Activity Guide recommends building 30 to 60 minutes of moderate physical activity into daily life for adults and at least 90 minutes a day for children and youth. You don’t have to do it all at once. Add it up in periods of at least 10 minutes at a time for adults and five minutes at a time for children and youth. "



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