The Canadian Academy of Lifestyle Medicine

CALM Nutrition


Proper nutrition is one of the core concerns of lifestyle medicine. The understanding, appreciation and eating of a healthy diet and associated healthy eating habits can be literally life-changing.


Obesity rates in Canada are rising at alarming rates; one in four adults and one in 10 children have clinical obesity.* Being overweight has been linked to a multitude of chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and cancer.


Without timely intervention and a positive, holistic approach to weight loss, the current cost to the Canadian health budget will inevitably rise from its 2010 costs of $6 billion.


Equally, those with a poor diet or lack of knowledge of what constitutes a healthy diet can suffer health implications separate from weight issues, including vitamin deficiencies and associated conditions.


At CALM, we place the importance of good nutrition at the heart of lifestyle medicine; we hope these resources help practitioners, physicians, health care professionals and individuals do the same.



Do you have a sweet tooth? Most of us will overindulge at times. But the more sugar we consume, the more we want, says Mark Hyman, MD. However, the good news is that people can break the sugar addiction in 10 days. Here’s how:





Forks Over Knives
Forks Over Knives empowers people to live healthier lives by changing the way the world understands nutrition. Launched in 2011 as a feature documentary, and backed by scientific research, the film presents a radical but convincing case that modern diseases can be prevented, halted, and often reversed by leaving animal-based and highly refined foods off the plate … and adopting a whole-food, plant-based diet instead.






Complete Health Improvement Program
The Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) - formerly Coronary Health Improvement Project - is an affordable, lifestyle enrichment program designed to reduce disease risk factors through the adoption of better health habits and appropriate lifestyle modifications. The goal is to lower blood cholesterol, hypertension, and blood sugar levels and reduce excess weight. This is done by improving dietary choices, enhancing daily exercise, increasing support systems and decreasing stress, thus aiding in preventing and reversing disease.

CHIP is based on the fact that 75% or more of our Western diseases are “lifestyle-related,” according to the U.S. Surgeon General[1]. These diseases are connected to our processed diet; lack of exercise; overuse of cigarettes, alcohol, and caffeine; increased levels of stress; and the quality of our support systems. These diseases include:

  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Overweight
  • Certain adult cancers
  • Diverticular disease
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Arthritis
  • Impotence
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Fatigue



Obesity Network

Obesity is a chronic and often progressive condition, similar to diabetes or high blood pressure. Obesity is characterized by excess body fat that can threaten or affect your health. Many organizations including the Canadian Obesity Network, the Canadian Medical Association, the American Medical Association and the World Health Organisation now consider obesity to be a chronic disease.


Disclaimer: No guarantee or warranty, either expressed or implied, is made regarding the information and materials listed. CALM has made every effort to list only reliable, evidence-based, scientific information, papers, etc . Please carefully review all information to determine its suitability for your specific needs.

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