January 12, 2021

Ready to eat? Advice from Dre Isabelle Huot

At this time of year, eating a healthy diet can quickly be ruled out although it does help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and even prostate cancer. Here is Ready to eat? Advice from Dre Isabelle Huot to guide you, to help you maintain good eating habits, and why not, to improve your overall health.

  1. Take the time to savor each food

Stress can cause food cravings. During a pandemic, for example, you may be more likely to opt for fast food or junk food. You do not like to cook? You are alone or cannot go out to the grocery store? Elect healthy ready-to-eat meals that are easy to order online and delivered to your home. Eating slowly, taking the time to taste and enjoy each bite while listening to your hunger and satiety signals are winning tips for better food control.

  1. Move, drink water and increase your intake of fiber and probiotics

During this period of confinement, it is important to move to facilitate digestion and intestinal transit and to avoid constipation or other intestinal disorders. Every day, go out and walk for 30 to 45 minutes, drink 1.5 to 2 liters of liquid (water, herbal tea, soup, etc.), eat the equivalent of three fruits (fresh or frozen), prefer foods rich in whole grains and finally, incorporate probiotics into your diet, such as Activia yogurt for example.

  1. Restore meal and snack routine

This is the best way to avoid eating your emotions during this extremely stressful period. Establishing a daily structure of 3 meals, 2 snacks, interspersed with physical activities (walking), cultural activities (films, TV series), periods of reading and rest, will help you avoid eating and snacking compulsively. Always ask yourself "Am I really hungry or am I eating because I'm anxious?"

  1. Go for a smooth transition to a new diet

Among the foods suspected of being linked to a higher rate of prostate cancer are animal fats and red meat. If you do not wish to give up completely these types of food, you could adopt a Flexitarian Diet very similar to the Vegetarian Diet. The Flexitarian Diet is a style of eating that encourages mostly plant-based foods while allowing meat and other animal products in moderation, achieving the same health benefits. In addition, opt for white meats (turkey, pork, chicken), fish rich in omega 3, and avoid charring your food on the BBQ.

  1. Why consult a nutritionist?

Clearly not just for weight loss. Several other reasons can justify a consultation in nutrition, for example: before, during, or after radiotherapy, chemotherapy or hormone therapy for prostate cancer; if you have allergies or eating disorders; in the prevention of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis, diabetes; or if you are planning to move away from a heavy meat diet in favor of a more vegetarian diet.

Warning: No specific food, supplement, or natural health product can prevent an infection, such as COVID-19. However, eating a healthy diet, along with other healthy behaviors, strengthens your immune system's ability to fight infections. Consult the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec for a consultation with a nutritionist.


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Do you have any questions or concerns? Above all, do not hesitate. Contact us at 1 855 899-2873 to discuss with a nurse specializing in uro-oncology. It's simple and free, like all our services.

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