In today's modern society, individuals are bombarded with an abundance of different food choices. Unfortunately, many of the food options presented to consumers are unhealthy. As a result, obesity and obesity-related co-morbidities such as hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and sleep apnea are on the rise. However, nationally recognized organizations like the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics are taking steps to
help you make better food choices and develop a healthier lifestyle.
As leaders of this health movement, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics chose March as National Nutrition Month in an effort to promote health and wellness through good nutrition.
The theme for 2015 is "Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle."
Below are some simple suggestions to help you get started and "bite right in" to good nutrition.
- Emphasize fruit and vegetables: According to the USDA MyPlate guideline, half of your daily meals should be made up of fruit and vegetables. Fruit and vegetables are nutrient dense foods that are packed with vitamins and minerals but are low in calories.
- Chose lean protein: Select lean meat like fish and poultry. Also, don't forget to include low-fat plant protein in your diet, like nuts and beans.
or fat-free milk
and milk products whenever possible.
- Make sure at least half of the grains who eat are whole grains: Look for labeling that says 100% whole grain or 100% whole wheat.
- Eat the rainbow: Eat a variety of foods from all the food groups in every color to get all the nutrients your body needs.
Follow these general nutrition tips and you'll be on your way to a healthy life!
Jeri Yuan, Desiree Altamirano, and Candice Barrow are Registered Dietitians at San Gabriel Valley Medical Center.