March 21, 2008
National Nutrition Month® 2008: It’s a Matter of Fact
|This year’s National Nutrition Month® theme strives to educate consumers about seeking out factual nutrition information that is science-based. Keeping up with the latest research studies can be challenging, and deciphering the information can be even more daunting. A registered dietitian (RD) can help you sort out fact from fiction so that you can make informed choices (Visit the American Dietetic Association website at www.eatright.org for more information about Registered Dietitians and National Nutrition Month).
Here are some tips to help you jumpstart your healthy eating habits this spring:
- Slow down. It takes the brain about twenty minutes to register that your stomach is full. By eating more slowly, you can control total caloric intake.
- Put your “fruit for the day” out on the counter in the morning, or pack it in your car or briefcase. If you plan it out, you will be more likely to eat it. Choose two or three pieces of your favorite fruit. If hunger hits at 4:00 pm, look to fruit to help you curb it before you head to the vending machine.
- Add a walk to your daily routine. Even if it is just a fifteen-minute walk at lunchtime, get up and go. Moving your body a bit more several times a day does add up to a higher metabolism.
- Keep frozen vegetables on hand. While fresh may be the most appealing choice, if you have vegetables in the freezer, you will be more likely to eat vegetables with your evening meal. Choose brands that have resealable bags for freshness, or store then in your own resealable bag after you open them.
- Use less added fat. One teaspoon of fat contains nearly fifty calories, so if you can spread less margarine, use less butter, cook with smaller amounts of oil, and use less salad dressing on your salad, you can save loads of calories.
Little changes really can add up to big results. Don’t wait any longer: Improve your diet today!
©Rosanne Rust 2008