National Nutrition Month® officially began March 1st! The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) will be promoting “Get Your Plate in Shape”. This theme will encourages us to remember to include a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and dairy on our plates every day.
I know I may be bias, but I truly believe nutrition is the cornerstone to health. Think about all the areas of life where nutriton can make an impact:
(1) The food you choose will maintain health by preventing loss of muscle strength, bone mass, and vitamin deficiency.
(2) The foods you choose will prevent diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, obesity, osteoporosis, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, certain cancers etc…
(3) The foods you choose will help control and/or treat chronic diseases and conditions such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, celiac disease etc…
(4) The foods you choose will influence your energy level, mood and how you feel about your body and health.
(5) The foods you choose will bring people together around a table to share love and food with one another.
(6) The foods you choose will improve your performance in a road race, bike ride or yoga class.
(7) The food you choose will impact the local family farms.
(8) The food you choose will impact the environment.
(9) The food you choose will be an example for generations to come.
(10) YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!!
We here over and over again all about health care cost in this country. 78% of health care cost come from the treatment of chronic disease. To be honest we can all do our part in lowering the cost of health care by making just one or two changes to our plate each week.
Those changes could change someones life. Those changes could prevent a 24 year old student with a family history of diabetes from following in his mothers footsteps or those change could improve the heart function of a 65 year old grandfather who has coronary artery disease for years but is now recovering from a heart attach, or those changes could improve the energy level of a overly stressed mom of 4; help her feel like she can take on the world. The possibilities are endless and so are our the food choices. We have the opportunity right in front of us to impact our health with our forks, if we just take the time to enjoy good food.
My Challenge for your this week is to list 5 Changes you could make to your plate for National Nutrition Month®. This could be: adding a 1 cup of salad to dinner; implement Meatless Mondays; try a new whole grain like quinoa; use olive oil and vinegar for salad dressing; make a fruit smoothies for desserts; add berries to your breakfast; try edamame for a snack. Share those changes with me, your family, and friends.