Every March is designated National Nutrition Month. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics created the annual event in March 1973 and has helped raise awareness about the importance of informed food choices and sound eating habits ever since. The Academy, and its more than 100,000 professional dietary members, are among the most valuable and credible sources of scientifically-based food and nutrition information in the world.
This year’s theme is “Eat Right, Bite by Bite.” The idea is that small, consistent nutrition improvements can snowball into lasting dietary and lifestyle changes. Do you wonder where you and the Florida seniors you care about should get started? Let us share ten tips to help you accomplish this mission right here in our blog.
1. Eat Breakfast. Start your day with a healthy breakfast that includes lean protein, whole grains and fruit.
2. Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables. Fruits and vegetables add flavor, fiber, and vitamins and minerals to your diet.
3. Watch Portion Sizes. Try to make your food portions as close to recommended serving sizes as possible. Use measuring cups if necessary.
4. Be Active. Regular physical activity has many health benefits and it is inextricably linked to dietary changes. Children and teens should get at least sixty minutes of physical activity every day, and adults at least three hours per week.
5. Read Food Labels. Reading the nutrition facts on cans and food packages can help you shop, eat and drink healthier.
6. Eat Healthy Snacks. Healthy snacks can sustain your energy levels and limit hunger pangs between meals, especially when they include a combination of healthy foods.
7. Brown Bag-it. Whether it is for work, school or a day in the park, pack a healthy lunch with easy-to-make lunch ideas.
8. Home Cooking. Preparing and eating meals at home can be healthy, rewarding and cost-effective.
9. Drink More Water. Drink plenty of water, stay hydrated and avoid sugary drinks whenever possible.
10. Consult a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Whether you are looking to lose weight, lower your health-risks or manage a chronic disease, consider consulting a registered dietitian nutritionist to obtain personalized nutrition advice.
This March is an opportunity to learn more about food nutrition and make personal gains. Remember, healthy foods do not have to be restrictive or overwhelming, especially if you utilize the above dietary tips. Just eat right, bite-by-bite. Remember, it is never too late to plan forward on this or any elder care issue. Do not wait to contact us with your questions today, or any time in the future.