Cooking your own food is a great way to enhance your ability to eat consciously and to really become aware of what you eat and what is in your food. When choosing your ingredients and your recipes it is important to keep the following guidelines in mind:
There is a difference between good food and food that is good for you. If you have any chronic symptoms (such as headaches, skin rashes, digestive upsets, snoring, environmental allergies, asthma, menstrual pain, joint pain, etc.) it is best to identify and eat according to your food allergies or intolerances.
Eating according to seasons is important especially if you live in Canada with the diverse temperature fluctuations throughout the year.
If you have any chronic condition (such as diabetes, hypertension, etc.) work with your ND to determine any specific dietary guidelines.
Choose local. fresh, organic food as much as possible
Avoid food additives (nitrates, food colourings, etc.)