Think about your absolute, all-time favorite food.
Now ask yourself: Is it good for me?
That second question may have burst your proverbial food thought bubble, but it didn’t have to.
March is National Nutrition Month, and this year’s theme, Savor the Flavor of Eating Right, encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food and appreciate the great flavors and social experiences food adds to our lives.
You don’t have to make a dramatic switch to healthier food and beverage choices, ease into it by adding more fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Be sure to include lean meats, fish and poultry and limited your sodium and sugar intake.
“Implementing fresh foods into your meals and snacks will help eliminate added sugars and salt,” Tekeela Belk, RN at Colonial Life said. “You should also avoid sugary drinks and make water your go-to beverage.”
Belk also suggests:
- Meal planning – this will keep you from grabbing food on impulse and save you money.
- Eat breakfast – it’s the perfect time to incorporate whole grains, fruits and vegetables to fuel your day.
- Portion control – it gives you more variety and prevents jumping from one diet to another.