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It's March, Get in Shape!

By June M. Lay, M.S. - Lifestyle Columnist - HealthNewsDigest.com
Mar 10, 2012 - 10:37:37 AM



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(HealthNewsDigest.com) - Let's get our plate in shape, that is! March has arrived and with it is National Nutrition Month®, coined "Get Your Plate in Shape". So while we usually strive to get in better shape come spring, let's start our focus with our food plates this month! This year's theme is "Get Your Plate in Shape". National Nutrition Month was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is sponsored by the American Dietetic Association to remind us to take care of our health through healthier eating. I think March is a great time for us to give a little more attention to our everyday eating habits since spring is just around the corner, and we all know that spring brings new beginnings (hate to rush the year , but Summer and bathing suit season is not too far off either!). So to quote the ADA, let's "Get Your Plate in Shape". How?

Let's

Make half our plate fruits and vegetables. I suggest eating at least 3 different fruits per day, and eating at least 3-5 different vegetables per day (including dark green leafy, cruciferous, and a variety of colors)

Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk. I suggest eating or drinking a low-fat dairy product such as yogurt or milk 2 -3 times per day.

Make at least half our grains whole. I suggest eating whole grain products instead of white flour products (this includes high fiber cereals versus sugar pops, brown rice instead of white, etc.) more often than not, almost everyday.

Vary our protein choices. I suggest eating a meal that is totally vegetarian once a week, and eating fish versus red meat or poultry at least twice per week.

Cut back on sodium and empty calories from solid fats and added sugars. I suggest that we substitute a low-fat alternative for a high fat method of cooking or as a condiment more than 50% of the time (jelly versus butter, or chicken stock versus oil in cooking) . Let's use healthy monounsaturated fats such as olive oil vs. butter when we do use fat to cook.

Go Dense. This is my suggestion to eat a nutrient dense snack instead of a low nutrient high calorie snack ( popcorn versus M&M's for instance) more than 50% of the time. Let's try eating the nutrient dense snack first, then if we choose, let's go for the junk afterward (we're more likely to eat a smaller amount this way) .
I think healthy eating has many components and does not exclude all treats (You know, those choices that are fatty, sugary, and tasty!). Most people assume upon meeting me that I eat only healthy, and I recently stopped for moment to ask myself if I do. Well, I like to think that I do, meaning that I eat healthy on a regular basis as a way of life. But it does not mean that I eat only healthy foods, or that I only eat something unhealthy once a year (that wouldn't be fun!). But I do try to keep the foundation of my eating healthy on a daily basis with a healthy plate, and some (and some spur of the moment) unhealthy choices in between!

So, "It's March, Get our Plates in Shape"! For more detailed info on this month's goals for our plates, go to http://www.eatright.org/NNM/content.aspx?id=5342 Need some short term "eat -healthier" help? Contact me for info on my new telephonic Health Coaching program.

June M. Lay M.S.
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