Week 4: March 22-31, 2021 – Personal Circumstances


This Nutrition Month, we have been focusing on how culture and food traditions, health conditions, and personal circumstances impact the way we eat. Over the past year, all of us have had to deal with unique personal circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic. . Let’s talk about some resources available to help you “find your healthy” in this unprecedented time.

Perhaps you have had or know someone who has had the virus, had their job impacted, are working on the front lines, and/or have been struggling with feelings of stress, anxiety, or depression related to the pandemic. All of these things can influence our eating habits and overall health. Here are a few suggestions that may help:

  1. Try eating mindfully. This includes taking time to eat, noticing when you are hungry and when you are full, and thinking about when you are eating in response to things other than hunger (e.g., emotion). To learn more about mindful eating, visit: https://food-guide.canada.ca/en/healthy-eating-recommendations/be-mindful-of-your-eating-habits/.
  2. To manage feelings of stress, anxiety, or depression, engage in self-care practices that you enjoy. This might include going for a walk, calling or video chatting with a friend, reading for pleasure, journaling, or spending time in prayer.
  3. Seek professional help. There are many mental health resources available in Chatham-Kent: https://ckphu.com/health-topics/mental-health/.

 According to Stats Canada, rates of food insecurity – which is when people aren’t able to get the food they need due to a lack of money – have increased in the pandemic. If you or someone you know is struggling to buy food, visit our website for an updated list of emergency food providers such as food banks, meals programs and other food related supports: https://letstalkfood-ck.com/emergency-food-provider-updates-for-covid-19/.

It is likely that you have had to adjust to working, schooling, or simply spending more time at home. In spite of these changes, this has led to some positive behaviour changes. Did you know that cooking at home has been the #1 activity increase during the pandemic and that 82% of Canadians have tried a new recipe at least once a month during COVID? Preparing meals at home more often is a habit that can support health and well-being long-term. We want to encourage you to keep this up – check out the FREE Nutrition Month 2021 E-Book for your next recipe idea: https://www.dietitians.ca/Advocacy/Toolkits-and-Resources/Resources-N-S/Recipe-eBook-Nutrition-Month-2021?ext=.

Remember, we’re all in this together Chatham-Kent!