Pre-contemplator QA Post Category: Food and Nutrition

What kinds of things should I look for when buying food?

Check for expiry and best-before dates. Don’t buy foods past the expiry date. Expiry dates are specific to perishable items, especially those that may pose health risks if consumed after the date. Consuming foods past their expiry date can lead to foodborne illnesses. Best-before dates provide information on freshness and the potential shelf life of foods. […]

How can I safely cook and store food? What is cross-contamination?

Germs can’t rapidly grow at temperatures that are too cold or hot. Maintaining proper cooking and storage temperatures is important to minimize the risk of foodborne illness. Here are some guidelines to follow: Use a clean meat thermometer to make sure that foods are cooked to a safe temperature. Safe cooking temperatures can be found here. […]

What is a foodborne illness? What are the symptoms?

A foodborne illness occurs when harmful germs, such as bacteria, parasites, or viruses, contaminate the food that you eat, making you sick. These germs may get into food when it’s prepared, processed, or if it’s washed with contaminated water. When in doubt, throw it out: If you aren’t sure if a food is safe, don’t […]

What drinks and fluids should I choose?

Fluids help you digest your food and move nutrients around your body. The fluid you drink also helps carry waste out of your body. Most adults should try to take in about 9-12 cups (2.25-3 L) of fluid every day. This includes all beverages, soups, coffee, tea and the water that is part of foods […]

Do I need a vitamin and mineral supplement?

You can meet most of your vitamin and mineral needs by following Canada’s food guide. See information on recommended vitamin and mineral supplements below. It’s recommended that all people who could become pregnant take a multivitamin with 0.4 mg (400 mcg) of folic acid every day. It’s recommended that all adults take a supplement of […]

How can I improve my eating habits?

Setting personal goals can help you improve your eating habits. Choose small changes that work for you. Visit Healthy Eating Starts Here for tips and resources on healthy eating. Choose Here are some tips to get you started: drink water throughout the day  choose plenty of vegetables and fruit. Try this tool to help you […]

How do I know if my eating habits are healthy and well balanced?

Following Canada’s food guide will help you have a healthy, well-balanced pattern of eating. Choose a variety of foods from Canada’s food guide: have plenty of vegetables and fruits with your meals and snacks   choose whole grain foods  eat a variety of protein foods, including plant-based protein foods  make water your drink of choice  […]