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September is Healthy Lunch Month
TORONTO, September 5, 2013: The Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners (CANNP) and its members are increasing awareness of the importance of adding fresh and raw foods to the diet, one meal at a time, by celebrating September as Healthy Lunch Month.
Going back to school and rushing off to work often mean fast food and lunches packed with heavily processed, low nutrient, sugary, fatty foods filled with artificial ingredients. This short cut to lunch can cause energy slumps and attention issues in the afternoon, that impact performance and have long-term negative health implications. Dr. Natasha Turner, Honourary CANNP Member, Naturopath and well-known author, focuses on how nutrition affects hormonal health, “You will know your diet is hormonally balanced when you are free of cravings, your energy is high, your mood is balanced and your body is running efficiently” Lunch then, is the ideal time to implement sensible adjustments to nutrition.
Improving the quality of even one meal in the day puts an individual on the path to better health. The CANNP is using Healthy Lunch Month to draw attention to this simple notion — once people see how good they can feel, they will continue to build better habits.
As important as good nutrition is for adults, so is setting a good example for the next generation. MPP Catherine Fife, past president of the Ontario School Board Association, feels strongly that the Healthy Lunch Month Campaign is a key component to educating the public about better choices. “By managing the needs of the body through improved nutrition, lifestyle choices and supplementation, NNCPs (Natural Nutrition Clinical Practitioners) are serving the community by educating more people about ways to improve health and prevent disease, ultimately taking the load off of the health system.” says Fife.
According to a spokesperson for Real Food for Real Kids, “We've gotten so many emails from parents and teachers telling us what a difference a wholesome, balanced lunch makes to a child's behaviour and mood – not to mention all the good we know it's doing for their health. Packing a healthy, colourful lunch is one of the best things you can do for your family. “
Incorporating Healthy Lunch Month into your day does not have to be difficult.
“Just look for fresh and local produce options then add a lean protein and a little good fat. Read labels carefully and don’t buy into marketing ploys blindly. These simple steps empower the public to take control of their own health,” advises Wendy Gibson, President of CANNP. For lunchtime ideas and recipes, CANNP encourages the public to visit their website at www.cannp.ca during the month of September.
Natural Nutritionists help people catch health, as opposed to chase disease.
“Our Members want to step in before unpleasant or detrimental symptoms take hold. We want to educate the public about the steps they can take to improve their health now and for the future,” says Beth Gorbet, Director of CANNP.
Healthy Lunch Month is a campaign that pillars of the Canadian nutrition industry can stand behind. Honourary CANNP Member, author and health advocate Tosca Reno is a big supporter of the Healthy Lunch Month, “A healthy body is built or destroyed one decision at a time, and when it comes to our midday meal, which is usually consumed when most people are out of the home, all too often the wrong decisions are made. As a pioneer of the Eat-Clean movement, I am in full support of Healthy Lunch Month because it aligns with my mission of empowering more and more people to new levels of nutrition – one meal at a time.”
To spread the word about Healthy Lunch Month during September, CANNP is inviting everyone to “like” The Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners on Facebook and to post there, or submit healthy lunch ideas and recipes to CANNP at [email protected]. Three contributors will be randomly selected for one of the following special gifts: A signed copy of Tosca Reno’s book The Eat-Clean Diet for Family and Kids; a one-hour confidence building session from Business Confidence Coach, Jenna Dalton; or two books by Dr. Natasha Turner, The Carb Sensitivity Program and The Hormone Diet.
To learn more or to find a nutritionist near you, please contact CANNP at [email protected]
About the CANNP
The Canadian Association of Natural Nutritional Practitioners (CANNP) is a non-profit organization with members across Canada. The CANNP provides support and advisory services to member Nutritionists and advocates the advancement of nutritional knowledge to the public.