March is a time for many celebrations. There is March Madness in men’s basketball, spring training in baseball and National Nutrition Month® for your health!
Personalize Your Plate®
Every March the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates National Nutrition Month® with a little bit different theme. The goal of the theme is to make focusing on healthier eating simple, catchy, and fun. The theme always focuses on how to translate the science of nutrition into easier tips for enjoyable, healthy eating. This year the focus is on planning your plate based on your food likes and cultural preferences. Making healthier choices is not about a “one size fits all” diet it is about applying the principles of good nutrition to the foods you enjoy. Personalizing your food choices helps you will develop an eating plan that promotes health and is maintainable.
Nutrition Fact or Fiction
Searching on the internet for diets, you will find tons and tons of them, all with their own slant on what you should do to achieve healthier eating. Some of these diets are grounded in good nutrition science, many are simply another fast way to make changes that rarely last. For National Nutrition Month® the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has an easy true false quiz that can help you sort through common questions around food and nutrition issues.
When it comes to developing a healthier eating plan, start by reviewing recommendations from the current set of Dietary Guidelines. The 2020 – 2025 Dietary Guidelines came out right at the end of 2020. The guidelines provide 4 key points to help you structure your eating plan. Once you understand the overarching principles, you can begin to Personalize Your Plate® to meet your families cultural needs and flavor palates. You can learn more about the guidelines in this post.
Ask A Registered Dietitian
If you need help developing a plan that meets a medical goal. Or maybe you just want someone to help you work through the science to develop meal plans for your family then a visit with a Registered Dietitian (RD) is a good idea. RD’s all have a similar educational background, the requirements are detailed by a national accrediting body, but we focus on different practice areas. RD’s work in hospitals, with food companies, at public relations firms, in schools, the media and some work for themselves. You can learn more about what I do by visiting this post. If you would like to find an RD in your area visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website.
To Your Health
As the month of March moves forward, think about how you can improve your plate to better meet your nutritional needs. Once you identify that change, start slowly and gradually make changes. Remember the important point is to enjoy eating to keep you healthy!
About Connie – Connie is a Registered Dietitian with extensive experience communicating in the food and nutrition space. Taking the science of food and nutrition and translating it to simple messages, new products, or exciting menus is her expertise. Making nutrition messages clear, accurate, and engaging aids all consumers.