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Nutrition Times
January 2022
New Year, Same You. Celebrate You!

For many people the start of the new year often means New Year’s resolutions to lose weight. This is no surprise as in January you will often see weight loss messaging on social media, hear friends or co-workers talking about the next diet, or be overrun with advertising about supplements, the next big weight loss product or diet trend. These messages get exhausting. And not only will these diets and products not help accomplish your goals, they will leave you blaming yourself for this “failure.” It’s vital to remind yourself that you haven’t failed and you are not to blame. These diets and products were never designed for anyone to succeed long term, rather they were designed to make money for companies. It's time to celebrate you!

Diet Culture. 
Many individuals have experienced diet culture. Diet culture is dangerous because it teaches people to listen to outside food rules when fueling their body rather than listening to internal cues of hunger and fullness. Food rules are problematic, often leading to feelings of stress, shame, anxiety, and unhappiness as well as disordered eating behaviours. Food should not hold morality, nor should there be guilt in what you eat. Fad diets regularly come and go, but the relationship we have with our body and with food stays with us forever.

Do you honour your hunger? 
Diet culture has branded hunger as something bad. But this is not true! Your body is simply telling you that it needs food! When we don't eat consistently or enough food we are more likely to overeat and this can lead us to lose trust in our bodies. When we learn to honour our hunger and listen to what it is telling us, we can heal our relationships with food and regain trust in our body. Believe it or not, all foods can fit into a healthy and balanced diet. By giving yourself permission to have all foods, the urgency of any one particular food fades away.
 
May you nourish your body and mind with delicious and satisfying food this New Year!

Try these Delicious and Satisfying Recipes for a Cold Winter Day 
(cookspiration.com)

                
            Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup
                

 For more recipes, visit AHS Healthy Eating Starts Here or cookspiration.com

Find a Dietitian
Upcoming Nutrition Classes
Infant and Toddler Nutrition Classes:
To look for upcoming classes, and to register, please visit szonenutrition.eventbrite.com 
 
Alberta Healthy Living Program: The Alberta Healthy Living Program classes are available to help manage chronic conditions. Topics include Diabetes, Weight Management, Stress Management, Healthy Eating to Reduce your Risk, Emotional Eating and more. Access the Class Guide here.
To register call: Lethbridge 1-866-505-6654 or Medicine Hat/Brooks 1-866-795-9709.

Please Note: Due to COVID-19, all nutrition classes are now being offered online via Zoom.
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