Food & Wellness ˙ May 25, 2018

Maintaining a healthy diet this spring

Maintaining a healthy diet this spring

Diet season is under way, as many Ontarians are working to shed the winter weight and get ready for those beach days and summer vacations. Although exercise is a big component of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, eating habits are just as critical to ensure you are getting into shape in a safe and healthy fashion. 

Spring is a great time to make some changes to your diet, as plenty of healthy fruits and vegetables are coming into season. Luckily, there have been plenty of studies created and released over the years to guide your eating decisions. Let's take a look at some of the more popular and advantageous diet options out there. 

Top-ranked diet plans
Always keep in mind that nutritional science is changing constantly, as new research uncovers novel findings related to health and dieting. Global News reported that the 2018 suggestions for best diet plans around were released earlier this year, and the top-ranked option with respect to health was a tie between the DASH and Mediterranean diets

These two diets are similar, but here is a taste of their general attributes:

  • DASH Diet: According to DASHdiet.org, this increasingly popular eating plan, also known as Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, began as a method of better-controlling blood pressure. In its most basic definitions, those following the plan limit their consumption of fatty foods and sweets, while emphasizing fruits, vegetables and lean meats like poultry. 
  • Mediterranean Diet: This classic diet has been an old standby for decades, but continues to prove its worth as the years go on. According to EatingWell, the plan involves a lot of fruits and vegetables, as well as grains, fish, poultry and olive oil, while de-emphasizing sweets, dairy and red meat. 

The most important thing is to identify a diet plan that works best for you, and especially one you can maintain. Any plan that promises results in a few days or even a few weeks should be avoided, as they are often not healthy and ineffective for long-term improvements. 

Benefits of a nutritionist
If you are struggling to find the right balance in your diet, there is always the option to go to a nutritionist. All bodies are different and a lot of science is involved in figuring out what each individual needs to consume regularly to maintain a healthy weight. 

Dieticians of Canada is a great place to start your search for a nutritionist that can prescribe the right dietary plan. This site offers more information on the benefits of using one of these professionals, what they specialize in and which ones are close to you. 

Be sure to combine whichever dietary plan you choose with a lot of exercise. Low-impact, high intensity activities such as cycling, hiking and swimming are all great options that will also get you out and about during these warm and lovely months.