Extend your healthy habits into October and beyond

By Elizabeth Holmes on

For Sugar-Free September, you accepted the challenge to cut out added sugars for one whole month. Now that it’s almost the end of the month – what next? We hope this experience has opened your eyes to the amount of sugar that is added to your food and beverages and that you’ll take some of the tips and recipes you’ve learned with you for the rest of the year.

Cutting out all added sugar is not something the Canadian Cancer Society promotes outside of this challenge, but we do recommend limiting sugar as part of a healthy diet. The good news is that healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated, expensive or time-consuming. It’s a habit you get used to, and every day it gets easier. The important thing is to get started now.

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Healthy eating on a budget

By Elizabeth Holmes on

With a little planning, you can make your money stretch the next time you’re out grocery shopping for your family. Good nutrition doesn’t have to mean paying more for groceries!

  • Review weekly store sales to plan weekly meals.
  • Buy in bulk.
  • Make food from scratch and eat in. Take-out most nights of the week can add up.
  • Cook large batches of your favourite meals and freeze the leftovers.
  • Have your children help you plant a vegetable garden. Pick your own produce and eat it right away throughout the summer. Or freeze berries and veggies for use during the winter months.
  • Buy vegetables and fruit in season. Locally grown is often cheaper and is usually fresher. Signs posted in your grocery store or market should tell you where the produce is...
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Take time to eat healthy - even on busy days

By Elizabeth Holmes on

When you’re rushed, you can end up choosing processed foods to put into the microwave or eat on the run. Try to limit how often you eat them – they often contain hidden fat, calories, sugar and salt.

If ready-to-eat meals, frozen foods or pre-packaged foods are the only option,  check the nutritional label. Choose items that are low in saturated fats, salt and sugar. Try to avoid any product with ingredients you don’t recognize. These foods often contain fillers and other things that have no nutritional value. 

These tips for healthy eating on busy days can help with Sugar-Free September and all year round.

When you’re rushed for time

  • Buy pre-cut vegetables to add to your plate rather than forgetting them altogether. They make...
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Here's a 7-Day No-Added-Sugar Meal Plan That's Actually Doable

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BuzzFeed have provided this 7-Day No-Added-Sugar Meal Plan where you'll learn how to eat well, prep more, spend less - and feel amazing along the way!

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10 No-Added-Sugar Snack Ideas You Can Make At Home

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Finding yourself with sugar cravings? We have the solution! Check out these 10 No-Added-Sugar Snack Ideas You Can Make From Home from BuzzFeed.

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Canadian children are consuming five times more sugar than they should

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This article was originally published on The Globe and Mail. Read the original article.

Last week, I gave my kids each a can of Coke and two sugar cubes for breakfast. I've been serving this to them regularly, although in my defence I didn't know it.

The meal I've been putting on the kitchen table looks like a tableau straight out of a breakfast commercial: Nutella on toast, a bowl of Frosted Flakes, a glass of orange juice. But the combined amount of sugar is a revolting, parental-guilt-inducing 47 grams, the same amount you'd get from washing down a pair of sugar cubes with a Coke.

Of course, you might say, a sugary cereal and chocolate smeared on bread, what was I thinking? But the juice was the worst offender, by a wide margin – and...

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Added sugar often found in Canadian products marketed as 'healthy,' researchers find

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Why 'you really need to be a detective' when reading food labels

Two-thirds of food and beverages tested by a group of Ontario researchers, including baby foods and products marketed as healthy, were found to contain added sugar.

The researchers, from Public Health Ontario and the University of Waterloo, examined the ingredients of 40,829 products sold in March 2015 at a national grocery retailer.

In a study published in Thursday's issue of CMAJ Open, Erin Hobin and her team searched for 30 different added sugar terms, ranging from sugar to dextrose, high-fructose corn syrup, glucose, fructose and fruit juice concentrate.

Dietitians say added sugars are a...

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Two-thirds of packaged foods sold in Canada have added sugar: study

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Two-thirds of packaged foods and beverages on Canadian grocery shelves, including some infant formulas and baby food, contain added sugars, a new study has found.

The latest research, conducted by Public Health Ontario and the University of Waterloo, illustrates just how difficult it is for Canadians to keep track of their sugar intake and interpret the nutrition labels on everyday food items.

The study, published Wednesday in CMAJ Open, analyzed more than 40,000 packaged food products available for sale at a major Canadian grocery chain in March 2015.

By searching for 30 different terms for added sugar, researchers found that 66 per cent of those products have...

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Seven essential tips to breaking up with sugar

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As 2017 fast approaches, maybe it’s time for a bitter breakup with some things sweet. Pixabay, CC BY-NC-ND Alessandro R Demaio, University of Copenhagen

As we come to the end of 2016, many of us start to look back – and reflect. The year has been defining – even redefining – in many ways. Politics, technology and culture have all seen major leaps and in some cases, hurdles. In public health, it’s been a big year for sugar.

Global recognition is building for the very real health concerns posed by large and increasing quantities of hidden sugar in our diets. This near-ubiquitous additive found in products from pasta sauces to mayonnaise has been in the headlines and in our discussions. The seemingly innocuous sweet treat raises eyebrows...

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