Eating Healthier, March Is National Nutrition Month

burger friesThe American Dietetic Association created National Nutrition Month to highlight the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.   The 2010 National Nutrition Month focusing on “Nutrition from the ground up” is meant to encourage Americans to increase fruits and vegetables as well as making more wholesome food choices. According to Cathy Heintz, RD, CDE, Chief Clinical Dietitian at Kimball Medical Center, healthy eating is important for every age group.   “We can all benefit from making simple changes to improve our eating,” she says.
 
Eating healthy requires some planning.  “We don’t always eat the best foods when we are hungry nor do we always eat the recommended servings from each food group,” explains Heintz.  “Creating a daily or weekly meal plan will help you to become more conscious about what you are eating,” she says.  “There are many other simple changes you can make to support your healthy eating efforts.”
 
Heintz offers the following healthy eating tips:
 
Eat at least three meals a day and plan your meals ahead of time.

Whether you’re eating at home, packing a lunch or eating out, an overall eating plan for the day will help keep you on track.

Balance your plate with the right portions of a variety of foods.

Half your plate should be filled with vegetables, one fourth with lean meat, poultry or fish and one fourth with grains.

Drink a glass of fat-free or low-fat milk and a serving of fruit for dessert. Try changing from a large dinner plate to a smaller one. This may help you feel satisfied with reduced portions.

Start your meal with low calorie foods like fruits, vegetables and salads. Then follow with the main course and side dishes.

Focus on your food. Avoid distracting activities such as reading or watching TV while eating.  Instead savor the taste of your meal.

Honor your body’s signals: Remember it takes 20 minutes for the brain to register that you are full. Try to wait 20 minutes before going back for a second helping.
 
Kimball Medical Center offers a variety of health education programs at the Center for Healthy Living.

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  1. what is wrong with a kiddush with kugel, kishka, pitcha, liver, cholent, candy, soda, cake, choclate, beer, whiskey, wine, grape juice, herring, crackers, cookies, potato chips, corn chips, popcorn, etc. before we go home to start our own seuda from the beginning?!
    no wonder so many people’s buttons are popping…..

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