Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month®? The event may not have made it onto your calendar and you probably don’t have a fruits and veggies theme sweater to celebrate, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. This year the theme is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” and it’s all about celebrating you.
Your Diet, Your Favorite Foods
You might think that adopting healthy eating habits means giving up all of the tasty snacks that you love. But that is simply not the case. A spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics explains .
“There can be a misperception that eating healthfully means giving up your favorite foods,” said registered dietitian and Academy President Ethan A. Bergman. “Our ‘Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day’ National Nutrition Month theme encourages consumers to include the foods they love as part of a healthful eating plan that is tailored for their lifestyles, traditions, health needs and, of course, tastes.”
Moderation and Balance is Key
So how do you eat a healthy diet and still include your favorite treats? It’s about eating a wide range of healthy foods and including those less healthy foods in moderation.
“Most favorite foods can fit within this pattern, if consumed in moderation with appropriate portion size and combined with physical activity.”
If you’re not sure how to balance a complete plan that includes your favorite treats, healthy choices and plenty of exercise, talk to a registered dietitian. At North Memorial, a trained R.D. will take your personal food preferences into account to create a personalized plan that can help you reach your health goals. Talk to your physician to get a referral and stay tuned next week when I write about what to expect when you meet with an R.D.