Happy Nutrition Month!

Following Heart Healthy Month of February is Nutrition Month in March. The beginning of each New Year has been focusing on one’s health and nutrition. Taking the initiative to live a balance and healthy life thru physical activity and a balanced nutritious diet.  But healthy lifestyle should not be just in the beginning of the year but should be a goal for everyone throughout the year.

Did you know that 36% of Americans have no leisure or physical activity and 68% don’t eat fruits or vegetables at least twice a day?  Although most people exercise, there is a probability that a percentage of those who have don’t eat the recommended fruits and vegetables daily.  In the world we live in nowadays there are factors that affects healthy lifestyle, specially a balanced diet such as: taste, convenience, time and effort in preparing meals, environment and media influences.  As every person is different, every diet for each individual is also different.  So it’s important to follow a healthy eating plan that meets your own needs, keeping in mind that balance is always the key.

Here are things you can start doing for a healthy lifestyle:

1.       Choose nutritious foods to eat healthy.  Include a variety of healthful foods on a regular basis: Vegetables, Fruits, Milk or Dairy, Grains and Protein. Try to limit fats, sodium, and intake of discretionary calorie

2.       Plan your meals and snacks to save time.  Be mindful of portion sizes.  Check MyPlate as a guide.

3.       Shop local and fresh that will help not only your health but also the community and the environment.  Support a local farmer, go to farmer’s market or make a commitment and join a CSA Program where you can have access to fresh, in-season local food. 
(Find out more about joining a CSA Program where you can have a direct access on fresh, in-season and locally grown certified organic produce straight from the farm to you.)

4.       Reduce waste by storing your food properly and save more on your food and grocery bills.  Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more.  Purchase only the amount of food that can be eaten or stored within a few days.  Plan ways to use any leftovers within the week.

5.       Don't forget to drink fluids.  Most preferably water.  Water helps you stay hydrated and cleans your system.

6.       Talk to a registered dietitian or nutritionist for assistance.   RDNs can provide you with easy to follow personalized nutrition guidelines that will meet your lifestyle, preference and health needs.

7.       Find activities that you enjoy to be physically active, either just by walking or following instructional classes.  Start slowly and make sure that you consult your doctor what is right for you.

Eat Right! Go further with your food! Have a healthy lifestyle!  You can find more tips from Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Experts on www.eatright.org