The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics began the annually celebrated campaign of National Nutrition Month in March of 2019. The goal is to focus on informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits. This month, Discover Health would like to share some of our favorite tips for a healthy and prosperous lifetime (not just this month) of proper nutrition.
Meal Patterns Matter
Most of us have been hearing about “3 square meals a day” for our entire lives and it remains a pinnacle of being nutritionally sound. Starting with the ever-important yet frequently overlooked breakfast, 3 well-balanced meals should be a consistent part of your daily routine. Bad habits such as eating on the go and snacking too often will begin to disappear the more your appetite relies on “The Main 3”.
Not everyone has time to spend hours in the kitchen daily, especially if you’re typically cooking for your loved ones. Utilize some free time to pre-make or “prep” a designated amount of well-balanced meals for yourself and those you’re responsible for. This practice also provides a much healthier way to eat on the go!
Fruit and Veggie Friends
So much can be said about the most important food group. Natural, nutritious, energizing, colorful and delicious are some words that come to mind when talking about these vitamin-heavy powerhouses. With seemingly endless options, at least half of each meal should feature some of your favorite fruits and vegetables. Try making a smoothie for both you and your loved one!
Drinking a standard intake of water is another necessity to maintaining a healthy, nutritional lifestyle. The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has determined that an adequate daily fluid intake is: About 15.5 cups of fluids a day for men and about 11.5 cups of fluids a day for women. Over-hydrating is nearly impossible, so if you’re in any doubt; Drink more water!
Consulting an Expert
It’s always a good idea to get an expert’s opinion when it comes to your health. Nutrition is no exception. Research your specific needs and consult a RDN (Registered Dietician Nutritionist). Ask your doctor to recommend the right professional for your nutritional guidance and enjoy all the spoils of a healthier lifestyle!
Raising nutrition awareness in your household and community this month is key. Connect with us at discoverhealthadvocacy.com for more ways to practice proper nutrition!