According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the day was created to remind people of the importance of “making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.” This year’s theme is “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” The goal is to combine taste and nutrition to create healthy meals that individuals will enjoy. “It is important that we find the balance between choosing the foods we like with those that provide the nutrients we need,” said registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy President Dr. Glenna McCollum. “This year’s ‘Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right’ theme reinforces that the two choices are not mutually exclusive.”
Here are a few things to keep in mind:
1.) Strive for Balance
Rather than trying to go cold turkey on day one, aim for proper balance. Instead of completely cutting out all sugary sodas and desserts, begin by reducing the amount that you consume. Instead of swearing off pizza forever, start by serving pizza with a healthy vegetable salad and fruit. Remember that it’s okay to enjoy portions of your favorite foods in moderation, as long as you’re also eating proper amounts of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. (The Academy recommends making sure that half of each meal consists of fruits and vegetables.) Try to reduce the amount of calories you eat each day by cooking with reduced fat ingredients. Remember that healthy habits are achieved over time, not in the course of a day.
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2.) Prepare Your Own Food
Bringing lunch to work or cooking dinner at home is often much healthier than dining out. Try a new fruit or vegetable each week so that you can find healthy new foods that you enjoy eating. You can also consider preparing old favorites in new ways. For example, rather than making French fries, you can roast potatoes. Rather than boiling vegetables, you can saute them. Experiment so that you can find new ways to make old foods.
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3.) Exercise Regularly
In order to achieve a healthy and balanced lifestyle, eating properly and exercising regularly must go hand-in-hand. Mayo Clinic recommends aiming for at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, “When it comes to physical activity, some is better than none, and more is better.” If you don’t currently exercise, then any increase in physical activity will be beneficial for you. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to work out for 30 consecutive minutes. You can also exercise for shorter intervals throughout the day. The most important thing is just to make sure that you are beginning a lifestyle of regular exercise.
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