March is National Nutrition Month
Everyone has heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” That phrase has never been more important than it is today, given the variety of snack foods and fast-food diets. National Nutrition Month, which is celebrated in March, is an excuse to step back and take stock of what we are really eating. “Mindful” eating is important. Some people find it helpful to keep a food journal and are often shocked at the number of empty calories, or the wrong kinds of calories being consumed in a day. Make a meal plan and make sure it’s balanced; include healthy carbs, proteins, and fiber. Allow yourself some cheat days every now and again.
Why is it important to have a “National Nutrition Month?” Hopefully, it promotes healthier living. A country with healthy citizens is bound to be more productive, and a productive economy is always good news, all around. The more a healthier diet is promoted, the greater the chance for healthy lifestyles for all ages.
Healthier eating does not mean compromising on your love for food. It means adopting a more balanced approach instead. Ingredients in your favorite recipes can be substituted for healthier options, such as substituting yogurt for sour cream. You can find an ingredient/food substitution list at www.heart.org.
The internet is full of useful sites to help you make better-informed nutrition choices. Some of those sites are:
With the hope of combating childhood and adult obesity in America (both on the rise), sound nutritional information and practices become ever important to the well-being of our citizens and economy.