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.
- Prepare meals and snacks using ingredients that have little to no added sodium, sugars or saturated fat
- Choose healthier menu options when eating out
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.