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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
May 25, 2015
Canadian Excellence

Food & Shopping

Most Canadians eat the main meal of the day in the evenings between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Normally, the meal consists of meat, potatoes, salad, vegetables. Sometimes cheese, fish or poultry are substituted for meat, and pasta or rice for potatoes.

Canadians do not generally spice their food heavily, and meals may be plain by some standards. Lunchtime is usually from 12-1 p.m. You will find most offices are closed during this time.

It is common for newly arrived students from a foreign country to experience some initial discomfort (upset stomach, diarrhea, increased bowel gas, and cramps) due to the change in diet. While different kinds of "new" food may be the source of any, or all of these problems, dairy products and foods high in fats are usually to blame. If you do not drink milk and dairy products, you may have problems if you eat them in large quantities. If you want to try them, do so, but in moderation.

"Fast foods" such as french fries, hamburgers, and American pizza are high in fat and calories; they can cause digestive upset and weight gain. To obtain some information about proper nutrition and healthy eating habits, please contact the Registered Dietitian at WLU Health Services at (519)884-0710 ext. 3146.

If you do experience prolonged diarrhea, cramps or vomiting you should see a physician at Health Services.

If your usual diet differs from the traditional Canadian diet, you can find most of the products you need. People have settled in Canada from many parts of the world, and one result has been an increase in the popularity of food from other countries in recent years. Supermarkets also carry a range of products from many different countries, and there are stores that specialize in international foods. You should not have any difficulty in finding the food you prefer. This will help you to adjust by not having to alter your eating habits. However, we do encourage you to enrich your stay in Canada by trying some of our traditional foods.

Grocery Shopping

You will find numerous stores that specialize in imported food. There are many ethnic stores throughout the area. In addition, you will find a large variety of food items at larger grocery stores and at the Kitchener, Waterloo and Brantford Farmers’ Markets.