Healthy eating

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​​A healthy diet is one that contains the right amount of nutrients to keep your body functioning at its best. Combined with regular physical activity, a nutritious, balanced diet can help you to have more energy and feel better throughout the day.

It’s worth remembering that your dietary needs will change as you grow from a teen into your twenties. For example, you will not need to consume as many servings of the ‘milk and alternatives’ food group in Canada’s Food Guide once you leave your teens.

In addition, sometimes the things you eat – or don’t eat – directly affect your pain. If you skip meals and are someone who gets migraines, for example, long gaps without food will sometimes trigger a headache. Or if you have nerve pain, you might find that certain foods trigger it.

If you notice this, talk to your healthcare team about how to manage your diet and get the right balance of nutrients. If you can, get personalized advice on healthy eating choices from a registered dietitian. Visit the Dietitians of Canada​ website for information about how to get connected to a registered dietitian in Canada.

Last updated: May 2nd 2016