In March, Nutrition Month is celebrated nationally, as encouraged by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s theme, Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle, encourages people to adapt clean eating patterns to improve their life. Putting in the effort to create a healthy lifestyle* can be relatively simple. By consuming fewer calories and making informed food choices, you can easily make a positive impact. The following can help you get started.
At every meal, fill your plate with colorful fruits and veggies.
When you eat grains, try to eat whole grains, such as whole-wheat bread, quinoa, oats, or brown rice.
Choose lean meats (like fish, chicken) before going for red meats (beef).
Go for healthy protein sources, like eggs, nuts, and beans.
Limit your intake of sugars and salts.
Be aware of good fats and bad fats. Some fats (from such sources as olive and canola oils, avocados, or almonds and peanut butter) can help your skin and eyesight, while trans fats (from man-made, processed goods and some margarines) and saturated fats (some meats, butters, ice cream) may raise cholesterol.
*Adopting a healthy lifestyle offers more than just weight loss alone, it can also promote your overall health and reduce your risk of chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and even some types of cancer,” says registered dietitian nutritionist Ximena Jimenez. “Now is the time to invest in a high-quality life, and eating right and staying active can make that happen.”
Exercising daily will also help your health. For adults, around 30 minutes is adequate, while children should get closer to 60 minutes. Even something as simple as going for a walk when the weather is nice will help you move in the right direction!