March is National Nutrition Month! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. They encourage all to adopt an eating and activity plan that focuses on fewer calorie consumption and daily exercise.
A healthy eating plan emphasizes nutrient-rich foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fat-free or low-fat milk and milk products, seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, beans, and peas, and nuts and seeds. Healthy eating is one that encourages one to limit foods that have added fats, sugars and salt.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends using MyPlate as a resource to help with your dietary guidelines. MyPlate is to serve as a reminder to help consumers make healthier food choices. MyPlate can help you to find a balance between food and physical activity to manage weight. Also, it helps to reduce foods in your diet that are linked to increased health risks and increase foods rich in nutrients that promote good health. It helps to build healthful eating patterns. The new food icon, MyPlate, is designed to illustrate a place setting and to help promote Americans to eat healthfully at mealtime with a easy to remember visual.
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans gives tips to help integrate healthy eating into everyday life. It recommends enjoying food but eating less by avoiding oversized portions. Half of your plate should be comprised of fruits and vegetables. Drink fat-free or 1% milk and don’t forget to drink water! Be mindful of sodium levels in soup, breads, and frozen meals.
Of course, it also important to teach our young ones about healthy eating. Teaching them early on will inculcate in them life long healthy habits. Emphasizing health and positive thinking, and also setting a good examples will help kids to become healthy eaters. Click here for more information on helping kids eat right.
March 11th is National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day. Eat Right tells us the purpose is to increase awareness of registered dietitian nutritionists as providers of food and nutrition services and to recognize their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives. They are experts who can help explain the science of nutrition in a practical way that helps us be healthy For more information, visit eatright.org.