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March is National Nutrition Month: Incorporate Nutrition Into Your Life

Great nutrition is an essential part of making better lifestyle choices. If your food is not nutritionally balanced, your body may feel sluggish. Eating well is easier than ever if you follow these simple tips.

Monitor your red meat intake. Red meat is packed with saturated fat that can clog arteries. Eating red meat once in a while is fine, but in general, it’s safer to not make it a common part of your diet.

Seniors have different nutritional needs, especially regarding daily caloric intake levels. Seniors who are over the age of 50 generally should consume 1,600 calories per day if they are not physically active. Active seniors over the age of 50 should increase this amount for a daily total of 2,000 calories.

Thoroughly wash your fruits and vegetables, and eat them with the skin on whenever possible. Washing them will help reduce shipping and preservative residue. Fruits and vegetable skin is where a lot of the fiber and nutrients are located, so be sure to wash them, instead of peeling them.

Have snacks prepared ahead of time. Prepared snacks such as a Ziploc of carrot sticks or mixed nuts helps avoid empty calorie snacks and keep your nutrition in check.

Eat more oats! A significant volume of scientific research has demonstrated that oats contain large amounts of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber can lower our cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

And remember, always be sure to consult your physician before starting a new nutrition program, so they can work with you to build you a program that is easy to maintain.

BONUS Nutrition Tips
  • Choose whole grain over white breads. Not only are they better for your health, they taste better and are more filling, meaning that you eat less.
  • Make sure to eat the proper amount of fruits and vegetables each day. Try eating these healthy foods in different ways, so you end up eating more of them.
  • Many people enjoy having cereal for breakfast. Look for one that has at least seven grams of fiber per serving, and is low in sugar and sodium.
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