Published monthly in The Marysville Advocate, "To Your Health" articles provide information about health and wellness topics. This month's article, written by Sandra Schmitz, CMH Nutrition Specialist & Registered Dietician, is entitled:
More than one way to eat healthy
There is more than one way to eat healthy. Your healthy eating style should reflect your life and who you are. March is National Nutrition Month and a great time to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and how those choices affect us. The foods we eat, and the nutrients they provide, are important factors influencing our development, functional abilities and health.
Everything you eat and drink matters. Start to analyze your nutritional health by looking at your plate. The base of most healthy people's eating plans should be fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat protein and dairy. A few helpful tips are:
• Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
Focus on whole fruits and a variety of vegetables. Make your plate colorful. Fruits and vegetables are full of nutrients.
• Make half your grains whole grains.
Look for words like "100% whole grain" or "100% whole wheat." Whole grains increase your fiber intake which helps with weight management, digestive health and maintaining control of your blood sugars.
• Choose low-fat or fat-free milks and dairy products.
1% milk or skim milk has the same amount of calcium and other essential nutrients as whole milk, but with fewer calories.
• Eat a variety of proteins.
Change up your protein source; remember eggs, seafood, beans and nuts are also great sources of protein.
• Eat and drink portions that are right for you.
It is easy to oversize your portions. Know what you need for your body and lifestyle.
Small changes make a difference, so challenge yourself this month. Try new foods, like mango, quinoa or kale - you may find a new favorite. Trade tasty recipes with friends or find some online. Get creative in the kitchen and change that deli sandwich into a gourmet sandwich with avocado and fresh veggies. Satisfy that sweet tooth with a baked apple topped with cinnamon. Find what works for you.
Community Memorial Healthcare is dedicated to the health and well-being of those in our communities, including nutritional health. If you need assistance in creating your healthy eating style or developing a nutrition plan that fits your current condition, contact CMH and schedule an appointment with a Registered Dietitian who can assist you in finding what works for you.
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