Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Nutrition and healthy eating are hot topics in America today. There are more specialty diets and nutritional fads than ever, and it can be difficult to determine what’s best for their health. Luckily, March is National Nutrition Month and it’s the perfect time to refocus on creating a smart, structured nutrition plan for yourself.
Here are five helpful tips for making better nutrition a daily habit in your life:
1. Portion control
How much you eat is a critical factor in improving your overall nutrition and health. We all have those certain foods that we love more than others, and it’s easy to sometimes go a little overboard. Eating until you’re full and stopping takes discipline, but it goes a long way towards helping you feel better and healthier on an everyday basis.
2. Create a versatile plate
The traditional “food pyramid” that helped explain daily nutrition is a thing of the past. In its place, the USDA has instead begun a new nutrition campaign called ChooseMyPlate, which instead focuses on having an assortment of different food groups with every meal. By breaking down every meal into components of essential categories like dairy, whole grains, vegetables, protein, and fruits, you can easily plan out meals that have both variety and provide the essential nutrients you need.
3. Keep a dietary diary
Keeping track of what you eat every day is a tactic many people find useful. Some use calorie-counting apps on their smartphones, while others simply write down everything that they eat over the course of a day in a notebook or journal. Keeping a dietary diary not only helps you see the big picture of your overall eating habits, it also encourages you to maintain normal portions and regulate your snacking.
4. Minimize treats & sweets
For many, this might be the hardest thing to do on the list, but cutting out foods with added sugar can be a big help in improving your health and nutrition. It’s OK to enjoy a nice dessert every now and again—in fact, most nutritionists agree that depriving yourself of foods you enjoy will cause you to fall off the wagon and retreat into old habits. The key is to moderate your intake of sweets and learn to enjoy them occasionally, not regularly.
5. Dieting is a marathon, not a sprint
A common mistake people make when trying to eat healthier is putting too much blame on themselves when they get off track. It’s important to keep in mind that changing your diet and striving for better nutrition is more like a marathon than a sprint, so it’s important to pace yourself and focus on consistency instead of the occasional lapses where you give in and have a cheeseburger instead of that healthy salad. Staying positive, focusing on your goals, and not letting yourself be discouraged are the best things you for long term success.
CommandCare emphasizes good nutrition and the importance of healthy eating habits for all of our patients including those who choose us for in-home nursing care, diabetic management, physical therapy, or assistance with other medical conditions. Contact CommandCare today and learn about the many services we offer and the ways we can help you improve the health of your loved ones.