by Tracey Shaffer, RDN, LD
March is National Nutrition Month®, which is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During the month of March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits.
This year’s theme is “Personalize Your Plate.” There is not just one way to approach your nutrition and health. All bodies are unique and we all have different tastes and different goals which we are trying to achieve with our health and wellness.
A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN) can help you achieve your optimal health and reach your goals. The following are some guidelines to get you started on healthy eating.
Eat a Variety of Foods
Make sure you include foods from all food groups and hydrate yourself healthfully without added sugars. Learn how to read the Nutrition Facts Panel so you can increase your knowledge of what is in the food you are eating.
Avoid distractions while eating so that you can focus on your food and enjoy the company you are with. Choose healthful food that you enjoy.
Plan Your Meals
Healthy eating is much easier when you have a plan in place. Pick one day of the week to do your grocery shopping and shop from a list. Check out menus before you go to restaurants so that you have a chance to make a good decision before you get there and may be tempted by other items.
Enjoy healthy snacks by stocking your refrigerator with lean protein, fruits and vegetables.
Learn Skills to Create Tasty Meals
Start with a simple recipe and build your skills. Watch a cooking show, or take a cooking class if you need help with the basics. Find a friend or relative who is a good cook to help get you started.
Consult a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN)
If you need specific advice and don’t know where to turn, don’t rely on a friend, relative or the internet. Get professional guidance from a nutrition expert so you know the information you are getting is reliable.
Find a RD/RDN who can meet your unique needs.
Try this healthier twist on a Saint Patrick’s Day favorite.