almost time to spring forward into longer and warmer days. And
itís also the time, says the Academy of Nutrition and
Dietetics (AND), to "Put our best fork forward." It
is March, after all, when nutrition experts get all excited
about National Nutrition Month.
pretty good at putting my fork forward. Maybe I need to put it
away. Thatís not exactly the point, says the AND. It just
means that every bite of food counts. If we need to take off
some poundage, we can learn to take fewer or smaller bites of
M&Mís or whatever we might be depositing into our fat
stores. Or we can decide to take a few more bites of those
foods that actually enhance our health and vigor.
spring into action? Here are some ideas:
what the right amount is Ö for you. We all require
essentially the same nutrients. But the amount varies widely.
I may not fare as well, for example, if I eat the same volume
of food as a college basketball player. A great tool to find
which foods in the right amounts are best for each of us is
free and easily accessed at www.choosemyplate.gov. It even
provides an individualized daily check list for your
particular age, sex and activity level.
different color fruit and vegetable each day of the week.
Nutrition science has proven that variety does more than just
make our plates look pretty. Each natural pigment that colors
our food ó from artichokes to zucchini ó contains unique
substances that protect our cells from going haywire and
causing premature aging or disease.
parfait or gooey death by chocolate cake? I know, I know.
Decadent desserts are fun Ö every so often. So is finding
fun foods and recipes that keep from weighing us down. Google
"fruit dessert recipes" and see what pops up.
nutrition information from reliable sources. Check out ANDís
2017 Good Nutrition Reading List under the National Nutrition
Month tab at, www.eatright.org/resources/food/resources, that
describes books and websites with nutrition information you
can trust. Youíll find yours trulyís book on the list.
if you need additional help, this is a perfect month to
contact a registered dietitian nutritionist (RD or RDN
credentials) for professional nutrition therapy. RDNís have
earned advanced degrees in nutrition and other related fields
from accredited colleges and universities and are considered
the worldís food and nutrition experts. Find an RDN in your
area at www.eatright.org.
me any questions or comments about nutrition this month. Weíll
tackle them in this column one fork at a time.