Tuesday, March 3, 2009

March is National Nutrition Month

There is so much information available on "how to live a healthy life" it is difficult to keep it all in your mind, especially when you are planning meals.

Here are some simple ideas that can lead to big changes:

Make your calories count by eating foods high in nutrients such as lean protein, whole grains and fruits and vegetables.

Certain food groups such as dark green leafy vegetables, brightly colored fruits and vegetables (sweet potatoes, berries)and fish that is high in omega-3 fatty acids provide extra value so include them often.

Add more whole grains such as brown rice, whole wheat couscous and multi-grain pasta as they are high in fiber and packed with nutrients.

Limit fats, especially the saturated fats in animal products (meats, eggs, dairy products). This also helps with weight control.

Because it takes a lot of work to obtain all the recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals in your diet, I recommend a daily multivitamin. In these dreary months in Minnesota (and other northern climes) there is not enough sun for your body to produce adequate Vitamin D.

Exercise daily or at least several times a week.

Healthy eating and exercise are directly related to physical fitness and improved health. Try making changes, just a few at a time, in National Nutrition Month!

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