3. Shop on a budget.
- To reduce your grocery bill, consider frozen foods such as fish, meat, vegetables and fruit; canned foods, including beans, lentils and tuna; and bulk whole grains such as oats, brown rice, whole grain pasta and barley.
4. Consider healthy substitutes.
- Be mindful that certain ingredients at the grocery store might be out of stock.
- Consider simple substitutes as a backup plan, like chickpeas instead of chicken in your stir fry.
- Use Canada’s Food Guide to find alternative ideas for each section of the plate.
5. Make your food last.
- Leftovers can be a great way to reduce food waste. Consider including leftovers as part of your meal plan.
- Keep leftovers in the fridge for up to three days – reheat thoroughly before eating.
6. Be Mindful.
- During times of uncertainty, we may be feeling new or unfamiliar negative emotions. If you notice you are reaching for food to comfort yourself, consider other forms of self-care such as calling a friend, listening to music, yoga or calm breathing.
- If you are new to self-care, consider a small task each day using this 30 Days of Self-Care calendar.
- You can also talk to your health care provider about the mental health resources available to you through Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network.
If you need more advice related to your nutrition or digestive health, consider speaking to one of our registered dietitians or attending an Ask a Dietitian workshop.