Eating Habits: Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day

12

Mar

2013

It is the 40th anniversary of the National Nutrition Month! This year’s theme is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day”, so let’s start taking care of your nutrition by eating healthy food. You decide the time, the place, and the food type!

You know that what goes in your mouth has positive or negative consequences in your organism. For that, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has developed the National Nutrition Month. The objective of this educational and informational campaign is to encourage individuals to make informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits. According to the Eat Right website (http://www.eatright.org/nnm/#.UT5ELDeO73F), the “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” theme focuses on “personalized healthy eating styles and recognizes that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions and health concerns all impact individual food choices.”

To join this great campaign, all you need to do is make the “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” your new motto:

Eat Right

There are several steps you can take in order to start eating healthier. One of these is to watch your portion size. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute says that you can achieve this by sharing food with someone, eat off smaller plates, and have small portions of all the foods that are served on the table instead of big portions of one food type. Also, you can make slight modifications when preparing food. For instance, instead of frying the food you can grill, steam, or bake it; or you can also season it with low-fat seasonings and flavorful spices.

Your Way

We all have different eating habits that make part of our lifestyle. Are your eating habits unhealthy? If so, just keep this in mind: It is not about starving or having to sacrifice your favorite meals or treats; it is about incorporating healthy eating habits into your lifestyle. According to the Fitness Health 101 website, all you need to do is small changes in your diet, such as consuming a wide variety of foods (particularly fish, vegetables, fruits, and whole grains), consuming moderate portions, drinking plenty of water, and minimizing food high in sugar, salt, and refined processed grain products. It might be hard to get used to it at first, but if you follow these tips daily, you will make them part of your eating routine.

Every Day

The worst you can do to your body is skipping meals. You need to eat at least three meals a day. The benefits of having breakfast, lunch, and dinner are numerous. You can learn some of them by visiting this link: http://eatathomemissouri.com/in-the-kitchen/three-meals-a-day/. Many experts recommend consuming five small meals daily in order to fight hunger and maintain a healthy weight. Connie Diekman, director of university nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis suggests consuming 400 calories every three hours throughout the day. By doing so, you can “prevent your blood sugar from crashing and keeps you satisfied”, says Diekman.

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