As we celebrate National Nutrition Month
and this year’s campaign to Get Your Plate in Shape and make better, healthier,
informed food choices, I’ve got some of Dr. Jamie McManus’ favorite healthy
eating tips to help you get your plate in shape and spread the word to others.
- Think before you eat –
Take time to think about what you are putting on your plate or in your bowl.
Foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat dairy and lean protein foods
provide the nutrients you need without too many extra calories. Put them on your
shopping list so you have them in your pantry and refrigerator.
- Make half your plate fruits and veggies –
Choose the most colorful ones too – dark green, deep orange and red colored
fruits and vegetables are packed with health promoting vitamins, minerals and
phytonutrients such as carotenoids and flavonoids.
- Enjoy your food, but eat less –
Try not to deprive yourself of the foods you love, just avoid oversized portions.
Use smaller plates, bowls and cups and keep a food journal to help you track how much you’re eating.
- Remember that variety is the spice of life –
No single food can supply all nutrients in the amounts you need.
For example, oranges provide vitamin C but no vitamin B12; cheese provides vitamin B12 but no vitamin C.
To make sure you get the nutrients you need, eat a variety of foods everyday.
- Get some nutrition insurance –
If you’re like most people, there are plenty of days when “life” just gets in the way of
eating your very best. That’s why taking a daily comprehensive multivitamin/mineral supplement
makes good nutritional sense.
Visit the National Nutrition Month web site at http://www.eatright.org/nnm/ for more information,
nutrition education resources and more.
To learn more about Dr. Jamie McManus and her choices for a healthier life, visit HERE.
These are great tips…some I am still learning. The one I started doing this year
is to eat more veggies. But the one I need to work on still is to think before I eat. My choices are
not always the best! I also take a multivitamin pack everyday. I started this in August and have REALLY
noticed a difference in my energy plus, I was able to stop taking my allergy meds and I have NOT gotten sick
since then. Totally worth it for me.
What about you? What healthy steps are you taking this year? Are you trying to eat better like me?
Got any tips or help for me?
Looking forward to our next visit,