It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Happy National Nutrition Month!
It’s time to focus on yourself and think about the food you fuel your body with everyday. It’s not about the “good” -vs- the “bad” food.
It’s about the total diet and what’s right for your body.
That’s right. Any dietitian will tell you, there are NO bad foods!
It’s time to take a step back and look at the big picture – check out your diet as a whole.
First thing’s first. Is it balanced?
That bowl of ice cream after a hard day’s work won’t ruin your diet. And by diet, I don’t mean eating cardboard for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I mean your daily food routine. “Make MyPlate your plate.” Are you aiming for at least five fruits and veggies a day? Swapping out that white hoagie bun for whole wheat bread? What about some lean meat and low-fat dairy? A balanced diet doesn’t have to be perfect every day. Try to mix things up, try new foods that incorporate all of the food groups in every meal! Want to make things simple? Aim to eat fruits and veggies from different color groups every day. How fun does that sound?!
If you take a step back and see that hey, I’ve been eating all kinds of fruits and veggies, whole grains, and lean meats… That cup of ice cream or slice of pizza won’t wreck havoc on your overall diet.
Are you eating what’s right for you?
How many times have we tried a “new diet” that failed after half a day? Too many times to count! You want to know why it didn’t work? You weren’t happy! You didn’t enjoy the foods you were eating. According to The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, “the easiest way to get the nutrients your body needs is to eat the foods you enjoy.
Finding good-for-you foods that please your palette makes eating healthfully special and exciting.”
Eat what makes you feel good inside and out.
Written by Samantha Tutini, Dietetic Intern with Urban Nutrition, LLC