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The facts are not on our side. Saskatchewan is one of the most overweight provinces in Canada in one of the most overweight countries in the world.
Add to that a food industry intent on parading pizzas, soda pop, and potato chips in front of us 24 hours a day and it is no wonder that weight has become a major issue for Prairie people.
In addition, dietitian Sabrina Bovee says the cold winter months in our province naturally lead to a more sedentary lifestyle.
“Our climate is a huge factor because there certainly is a negative association with exercise in the winter time.”
But Bovee counters quickly that a healthy relationship with food is attainable, regardless of where you live, and her mission is to bring that message to the masses. The professional dietitian discovered a Calgary-created teaching tool that she believes is the perfect program for those who want an alternative to dieting.
Craving Change is a program for clinicians that focuses on helping people change their eating habits by focusing on the thought process around eating. Bovee originally taught Craving Change as part of her job as a clinician with the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region. She now offers the class-based program through her private business, The Grazing Goose, bringing her students into a setting that is uniquely Saskatchewan.
With wheat fields and pastures in the distance and apple trees, chickens, and ducks in the foreground, Bovee has moved this one-of-a-kind class under a prairie sky on her Indian Head ranch. She believes a natural setting like her Primal Pastures farm, which focuses on raising animals in a natural setting, is the perfect place for training the brain to see food in a different light.
“It is a welcoming atmosphere and it feels more like a retreat or somewhere you’d go to take care of yourself,” says Bovee, explaining that when she delivers her presentations, her farm animals have been known to join in.
“Sometimes a turkey gobbles and everyone laughs.”
Course participant Christiane Catellier found that the farm setting in Indian Head’s Red Fox Valley enhanced the value of the class.
“It was very fitting to have the course in a farm setting where food is produced,” says Catellier. “Being on Sabrina’s farm made it very relaxing and peaceful, and it was very neat seeing all the different types of animals that they raise.”
Not only can Craving Change participants leave the Bovee farm with organically raised, hormone-free meat, but Bovee is hopeful that they’ll leave with a totally new approach to food as well.
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