National Nutrition Month is finally here! While many of us may have adjusted our diets at the start of the New Year, after a few months the determination to stay on track with nutrition begins to fade. Rather than allowing for old habits to creep back in, try to focus your nutrition on the health benefits your will receive from eating well rather than placing all of the focus on aesthetic goals. By focusing on your long term health, you will be more likely to stick to your healthy habits. Below you will find simple nutrition tips that will help you get back on track and making nutritious healthy options.Here are 7 nutrition tips for healthy living-
Best 7 Nutrition Tips for Healthy Living
Eat More Whole Plants
Sharon Palmer, RDN, The Plant-Powered Dietitian and author of Plant-Powered for Life says that “no matter what your eating style, you can gain more health benefits by filling up your plate with at least three-fourths plant foods, such as beans, lentils, whole grains, like quinoa, brown rice, and farro; vegetables, and fruits. Plus this eating pattern is better for the planet, too.”
Make Time to Eat with Those You Love
Toby Amidor, MS, RD author of The Greek Yogurt Kitchen, values family meal times with her loved ones. “As I have school-aged children and their weeknight schedules are hectic, I make a point to eat breakfast each morning together with my kids. I am able to ask them what is in store for the day and make sure they leave my house with their bellies filled with a nutritious breakfast and a smile on their face.”
Take it easy on the fruit
While fruit is a great source of fiber and natural sugar, some people tend to go overboard and eat too much. In turn, this keeps sugar and carbohydrate intake sky high. Rather than ditching fruit all together, try pairing one piece of fruit with almond butter, nuts or a source of lean protein.
Up the protein
If you feel like you are constantly hungry, try adding a bit more protein to your meals. When ordering a dinner salad, order a serving of lean protein to be placed on top to help you fill up and stay full. Also try eating the protein portion of your meals before having the side items which are usually higher in carbohydrates and fat.
Get Real with Your Food.
“Cook as much as you can” says Robyn Webb, MS, award-winning cookbook author, culinary instructor and Food Editor of Diabetes Forecast Magazine. She recommends to get intimate with your kitchen and “learn knife skills, grow some of your own food if you can. Good nutrition will sort itself out if you learn all about your food. Don’t diet, don’t cleanse, and don’t hop on any bandwagon of the moment. Just get real with your food and find your way into the kitchen and garden.”
Drink more water
Water aids your body in digestion and keeps your skin looking youthful and hydrated. On days where you are training or outdoors for a period of time, be sure to consume extra water. Drinking 12 ounces of water before your meal will also fill up your stomach and may prevent you from overeating.
Quality Over Quantity.
Marjorie Nolan Cohn, MS, RDN, CSSD, CEDRD owner, MNC Nutrition in New York City recommends to not “worry about calories or fat and focus on eating whole foods that are prepared simply.”