By Sarah Pruys
Jeremy Senaris, MasterChef Canada’s Season 3 runner-up and one of Winnipeg’s very own, has been using his newfound popularity to encourage people to make small changes to their diets to benefit their overall health.
On October 14, Senaris will be at the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba to give a keynote speech at Diabetes Canada’s free expo, Healthy Eating-Healthy Living.
“It’s going to be about how chefs influence the way that people eat,” he said of his talk. “There are ways to eat healthy and still eat very well, and not even feel like you’re on a diet or have restrictions. You can still eat food that looks like it came from a restaurant.”
Senaris, who has launched a new career as a personal chef since being on the popular show, has many simple tips to help people eat healthier, such as substituting brown rice for gluten products and sea salt for table salt. He also uses plenty of vegetables, spices, and healthy oils in his cooking, while remaining true to his Filipino roots.
“We know that individuals from certain ethnic backgrounds, including some people who have immigrated from the Philippines, have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes due to genetic factors,” noted Diabetes Canada. “Events like this allow us to educate the community on the risk factors and on healthy lifestyle changes that can prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes in some cases. It also allows us to support those who are living with or caring for someone with type 2 diabetes with information that can help them better manage the disease.”
\This is something that Senaris understands all too well.
“My family has been struck by disease, with my mom passing away from cancer,” he explained. “I know what it’s like for a family to deal with somebody who is sick. I’m all about supporting families and I feel like this is for a good cause.”
The Diabetes Expo will also feature an Ask-the-Experts Panel (with a dietician, pharmacist, certified diabetes educator, and a foot care Nurse), exhibitors, and diabetes risk assessment tests.
\The event runs from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Participants are encouraged to register by contacting Carly Kowalchuk, Community Engagement Coordinator, at 204-925-6192 or firstname.lastname@example.org.