Follow the new Canada Food Guide with the EEFC

Canada Food Guide

The Government of Canada has produced a new food guide that basically does away with the old 'food pyramid' concept that we were all taught about.

The guide now focuses more on taking a big picture approach to healthy eating.  That it is more than just portions it is more about lifestyle and the more healthy your lifestyle is the healthier your food will be.   Now, the members of the EEFC already get this, it is why we try to stock the store with a variety of healthy, organic, and ethically sourced products. 

Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits, whole grain foods and protein foods. Choose protein foods that come from plants more often.

Limit highly processed foods. If you choose these foods, eat them less often and in small amounts.

Make water your drink of choice

Use food labels

Be aware that food marketing can influence your choices

The guide also recommends staying home to eat more.  While this may not be great news for all the fantastic restaurants on the 'drive, again we here at the EEFC have plenty of great choices for meal planning be it with meat, veggies, or vegan ideas.  The site actually has some nice ideas for recipes too. 

The guide also has this great list of maximizing your grocery shopping experience and number 5 resonates as it is one of the reasons a co-operative model like ours works for our membership. 

5. Try making an impact at your grocery store

Get involved in making your local grocery store a healthier food environment.

If you want a certain item and can’t find it, ask. Showing your interest can encourage the manager to stock healthy items.

Give your grocery store feedback. Let them know if you think they use too much packaging. Share ideas to replace checkout aisle snacks with healthy options.

Encourage your grocery store to promote healthy food choices instead of highly processed foods. For example, encourage them to offer free stickers or fruit to kids instead of offering free cookies.

Encourage your store to consider services and activities that encourage healthy eating such as:

- cooking classes to practice making healthy meals
- tours with a dietitian to learn more about healthy food choices

As always, we value the feedback and input from our members.  Our staff is here to help with any questions or concerns about our products.  You can email us at [email protected] or call us at (604) 254-5044.  You can also reach us through our Facebook page or our feedback box at the store.

We are able to arrange special orders of bulk foods and produce. If you are looking to make a special order, please phone the store directly.