- Ashley Myers
March is Nutrition Month
Updated: Mar 4
The theme for Nutrition Month 2023 is to Unlock the Potential of Food and practice healthy eating habits to take care of our families and ourselves. Good nutrition and healthy eating help us live longer and live healthier.
Our team at Remember When Homecare will has implemented a healthy eating and nutrition training for our caregivers to take part in.
Encouraging heathy eating habits is crucial to the wellbeing of you and your loved ones.By educating our caregivers with more tools on how to prepare foods that are more nutritious and hopefully delicious, our caregivers can meet more of your needs!
5 Simple Diet Changes for a Healthier You
Eating healthy can feel like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be! Here are five simple changes you can make to your diet that will help you become healthier without drastically changing your lifestyle.
1. Eat more plants. Plant-based foods are packed with vitamins and minerals, high in fiber, and low in fat and calories. Eating more plants can also help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Try adding more fruits and vegetables to your meals or swapping out meat for plant-based proteins like beans and lentils.
2. Cut back on added sugars. Added sugars are present in many processed foods like candy, baked goods, sugary drinks, and even some savory items like breads or sauces. Consuming too much added sugar can lead to weight gain and an increased risk of type 2 diabetes. Instead of reaching for sugary snacks, opt for something that is naturally sweet like fruit or whole grains instead!
3. Incorporate healthy fats into your diet! Healthy fats are essential for good health because they provide energy, support cell growth, protect our organs, aid absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E & K), maintain nerve function, lower inflammation levels in the body, support cognitive health and so much more! Some examples of healthy fats include avocados, nuts/seeds (such as walnuts & sunflower seeds), nut butter (such as almond butter), olive oil & fatty fish (such as salmon).
4. Choose water over other beverages whenever possible. Sugary drinks are the main source of added sugar in the American diet; therefore limiting these drinks is key when trying to stay healthy! Water is always the best option when it comes to hydration—it's calorie-free and helps maintain a healthy metabolism and flush toxins out of our bodies. If you need some flavor try adding fresh fruit slices or herbs like mint or basil to your water bottle!
5. Enjoy meals with family & friends! Eating meals together not only encourages you to eat healthier but it also allows us time to connect with each other which has numerous mental health benefits such as decreased feelings of loneliness/isolation & improved self-esteem/self-compassion! Plus home-cooked meals tend to be much healthier than takeout food since they're usually made with fresh ingredients & less added sugar/salt/fat than restaurant food options tend to have!
Making small changes to what we eat can significantly improve our overall health without sacrificing taste or enjoyment from our meals! From increasing plant intake & incorporating healthy fats into our diets all the way up to choosing water over other beverages & eating meals with family/friends — these tips can help us live happier & healthier lives without making drastic changes overnight! So what are you waiting for? Start making small changes today that will result in big improvements tomorrow!
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