March is National Nutrition Month

The American Dietetic Association’s theme for March 2011 is

“Eat Right with Color.”

In honor of the ADA’s theme, we’ve made up a little slogan of our own: “March forth, and eat apples…and bananas and yams and blueberries and broccoli!” Though it may seem simple, following a diet that is rich in color and texture can actually be quite difficult for many people—especially those with a busy lifestyle. When you’re constantly on the go it can be hard to break out of that quick, easy to consume processed food cycle. Many people opt for a packaged breakfast bar instead of a morning grapefruit, and while some of those breakfast bars do have a lot of essential proteins and grains, swapping fresh produce for processed carbohydrates too often can quickly pack on the pounds.

So what’s a regular Joe or Jane with a hankering for some diet improvement to do? Well, we have a few tips:

Pick a different color food to focus on each day of the week, the brighter the better. If you choose orange for Monday, get your daily dose of fruits and veggies with some carrots, sweet potatoes, cantaloupe, and more. If Tuesday is purple, opt for grapes, plums, eggplant, and so on. Try eating an entire rainbow and by the end of the week we promise you’ll be feeling great.

Use fruit to cure a sweet tooth. Soda, candy, and chewy treats loaded with refined sugar are just begging to become cavities. And while we’d be glad to fix up your pearlies for you at our new dental clinic, both your teeth and your body will thank you if you simply practice good oral and nutritional hygiene from the get-go.

Check out the ADA’s Tip of the Day on the eatright.org website! Their helpful daily hints are loaded with great information and easy ways to make March your healthiest month yet.

Not enough fun for you? Check out these awesome interactive games instead.

But don’t think that the only key to a healthy lifestyle is healthy eating. Exercise and regular physical activity are just as important. Our registered Nutrition Educator and Clinical Dietitian Kathryn Hang has these tips to share:

-Exercise for at least 30 minutes 5 days a week.

-Aim for 20,000 steps a day.

-Pay attention to your BMI (Body Mass Index). BMI is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. The higher the BMI, the greater risk for diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, etc.

And finally…

-Start attending our Shape-Up program! It’s an excellent and fun way to get your body movin’, groovin’, and improvin’ in no time. Visit our website for more details or speak with Kathryn directly at 612-305-1311

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