Healthy Living in the North

To eat or not to eat – that is the question


Even at this time of year, plenty of local vegetables are available to help you eat right! (Pictured: a recent selection from a Prince George Good Food Box. Photo by Anne Scott.)

To eat or not to eat: A bit cliché, but that really is the question I’ve been asking. I’m over 40 and the old metabolism doesn’t fire up as quickly as it used to. That means exercise and healthy eating are more important than ever. That also means that two things I’m really good at aren’t going to help – big portions and unhealthy food. Why is it that the food that tastes the best is always so bad? (That’s probably a question for a future blog, or maybe the Enquirer.)

That said, clearly one or both of two things need to change: I need to be more active and more purposeful at my activities, and/or I need to eat waaaaay healthier. Exercise, OK – I’m an active guy – I coach and play a variety of sports. Eating well is a different story. I asked around about who’s done what and what works. I got all kinds of advice: no carbs, low carbs, all meat (I liked the idea of that one), no fat, low fat, controlling portion sizes, calorie counting, and so on…. Clearly I would need to take this to an expert: late-night infomercials.

After doing the research and spending some time learning and planning, my wife (with some token input from me) settled on the following: regular exercise together, plus a healthy menu, appropriate portion sizes, no junk food, no late-night snacking, and no sugary drinks. I’m a month in, and so far, it’s not so bad. In a month or two, I’ll let you know how I feel.

So…. As for my experience with infomercials, I now have a ‘ShamWow’ and a ‘Slap Chop’ for sale. Bidders?

Have you made any changes to lead a healthier life lately?

Steve Raper

About Steve Raper

With nearly 10 years of experience, Steve is the Regional Director of Communications for Northern Health, where he leads marketing, communications, web and media relations activities. He has a business diploma from the College of New Caledonia, a BA from the University of Northern BC and a master’s degree in business administration from Royal Roads University. In his spare time, Steve volunteers on a number of boards, including Canadian Blood Services, Pacific Sport Northern BC and the Prince George Youth Soccer Association. To stay active, he enjoys camping, playing soccer and hockey, and coaching his children’s soccer teams.



  1. Ronald Chapman says:

    I enjoyed reading your journey. I believe smaller portion sizes and a well balanced diet goes a long way to stablize or even reduce ones weight. Enjoy the journey.

  2. Lee Cameron says:

    I found your story to be a great motivator. It can often seem overwhelming when we have made the decision to live healthier. Taking a good look at where you are, and where you would like to be can be made much easier by breaking down the steps and making them attainable.