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National Nutrition Month!
National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.
"Go Further with Food" is the theme for 2018, and its importance is timely for many reasons. Whether it's starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, the foods you choose can make a real difference. Preparing your foods to go further, by planning meals and snacks in advance can also help to reduce food loss and waste. This year's theme for National Nutrition Month® encourages us to achieve the numerous benefits healthy eating habits offer, but it also urges us to find ways to cut back on food waste. Learning how to manage food resources at home will help you "Go Further with Food", while saving both nutrients and money.
- Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis.
- Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.
- Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week.
- Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that’s right for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
- Continue to use good food safety practices.
- Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
- Realize the benefits of healthy eating by consulting with a registered dietitian nutritionist. RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.
Fill up on fruits and vegetables
People who eat more fruits and vegetables tend to be healthier and live longer than those with intake that falls short. Eating more fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of chronic illnesses including heart disease and cancer. One large-scale study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health found that eating at least seven servings of fruits and vegetables daily compared to eating less than one serving daily reduces the risk of death by 42 percent.
Opt for protein at breakfast
We have all heard repeatedly that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but choosing a breakfast that is high in protein can help keep weight off by reducing hunger and daily food intake while stabilizing blood sugar levels. To boost your morning protein consumption, reach for foods like eggs, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, lox, Canadian bacon and protein smoothies. Adding protein-containing ingredients like nuts, nut butter, seeds and cheese to common breakfast items like oatmeal or toast can help increase breakfast protein.
Enjoy mindful meals
Mindful eating strategies that help slow down the pace of eating controlled portions and remove distractions during mealtime can have an overall positive impact on the dining experience, while reducing the likelihood of the common problem of overeating. Simple habits like avoiding the use of electronics while eating, using smaller plates and making healthy foods accessible can make a big difference.