The month of March is National Nutrition Month, a time when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics puts a spotlight on the importance of eating healthy and maintaining a balanced diet. It’s important to follow these principles year round, but there’s a variety of resources floating around this month about this popular topic.
It’s an important topic too — proper nutrition is key when losing weight and improving your health. Here are some tips for healthy eating that you can start practicing right away:
Choose lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts. The more beans and nuts, the merrier.
Satisfying Late-Night Cravings
Is your sweet tooth getting a late-night craving? Eat fruit! It’ll satisfy your craving and at the same time won’t be too many calories right before bed.
Increase Your Whole Foods Intake
A wide variety of nutrients are needed to maintain proper health, and when nutrients are eaten in the form of whole foods, it leads to better health benefits.
Take some time throughout your week to meal plan and brainstorm meals that can easily fit into your evening every night of the week.
Add Some Color
Fill your plan with foods that show a variety of colors, and prioritize the selection on your plate by starting with protein first, then fiber and carbs.
Get Seven Servings a Day
A research study conducted in 2014 found that eating at least seven servings of fruit and veggies a day was linked to a 42 percent lower risk of premature death, a 25 percent decreased risk of cancer and a 31 percent decreased risk of heart disease or stroke.
Focus on Your Food
If you’re hungry, you’re more likely to overeat, so it’s better to eat enough during the day to avoid uncontrolled eating.
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