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Eating Healthy: Tips for Nutrition Month

By George Hulse
March is National Nutrition Month, and this year’s theme, “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle,” encourages everyone to eat healthy and get physically active. According to the American Heart Association, we should focus on consuming fewer calories, making better food choices, and getting at least 30 minutes of daily exercise. This will help us achieve and maintain a healthy weight and help to reduce the risk of chronic disease.
I want you to hear more about healthy eating from Healthfirst-registered dietitian, Lisa Lam. Lisa gives us several strategies to make healthier food choices.
• Start a Plan. Keep it simple. Focus on really versatile ingredients that can be used in different dishes and cuisines. For example, if you have ground beef or lean ground turkey, you can make chili, a hash with potatoes, and a soup. There are so many things you can do with a few basic ingredients.
• Don’t Miss Breakfast. Start your day with a power-packed breakfast, because that will give you the energy to kick start your day and increase your metabolism to burn more calories.
• Eat Natural Foods. Choose foods that are the least processed. By choosing whole foods, we exclude all the additives, extra sugar, fats, and salts. When we eat whole foods, we’re going to feel more satisfied and will be getting our vitamins and minerals from sources more natural than a package or a box.
• Combine Nutrients. Combine nutrients like complex carbohydrates, protein, fiber, and healthy fats so that these ingredients together will help you stabilize your sugar and feel satiated longer. You’re better able to make healthier food choices when you’re not feeling starved.
• Add Some Spice to Your Life. Spices have a lot of healthful benefits, such as antioxidant effects and anti-inflammatory properties. They bring the flavors that you enjoy in restaurants into your home, and you can control the amount of fat, oil, sugar, and salt. On the whole, try adding a variety of spices and herbs to your dishes every night for a more satisfying meal.
George Hulse is Vice President of External Affairs at Healthfirst. The information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice from your doctor.

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