March is National Nutrition Month! 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of this campaign, hosted by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. The theme for 2013 is, “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day!” National Nutrition Month urges people to understand that food choices are based on their health concerns, their food preferences, their lifestyle, their culture and their traditions. The campaign is spreading the message to choose healthy food choices, personalized specifically to you.
We are all unique people, so why should our diets not be unique to us? This is the message the National Nutrition Month campaign is trying to spread. Eat healthy foods that you enjoy because this will make eating fun! You should not be forced to eat food that you do not like! Every person and every family has a different lifestyle. Eat foods that will help you through your daily activities and fit in perfectly with your life. Foods from your culture bring a whole new flair to eating! Ethnic food will bring excitement back to the table! Your culture will add different flavors and recipes to your diet. Remember, moderation is key, as is keeping in mind your dietary restrictions, if you have any. Just because you have a health issue or concern, may not mean that you have to cut out the foods that you truly love to eat.
USDA’s Choose My Plate urges people to, “focus on fruits, vary your veggies, make at least half of your grains whole grain, go with lean protein, and get your calcium-rich foods”. Also, make half of your plate fruits and vegetables, choose (1%) or low fat milk, and add some seafood high in omega-3 fatty acids.
Keep in mind these ten tips from the My Plate Nutrition Education Series:
1) Balance Calories
2) Enjoy your food, but eat less
3) Avoid oversized portions
4) Eat vegetables, fruits, whole grains and low fat dairy products more often
5) Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
6) Switch to fat free or (1%) milk
7) Make half your grains, whole grain
8) Eat less foods high in solid fats, added sugars and salt
9) Compare the sodium in food
10) Drink water instead of sugary drinks
Have a happy, healthy and nutritious March!