March is National Nutrition month, sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the Academy). The Academy promotes the importance of healthy eating, and good physical habits, through education and information outreach. This year the theme is “Go Further with Food”.

What does this mean and why is this important?

The Academy supports what we all know– the food that you eat each day makes a difference in your health and wellbeing.  This includes thoughtful planning and shopping for food that encourages those healthy choices, while allowing the opportunity to have a more consistent healthy eating experience. 

Did you know that shopping with healthy eating in mind, and useful leftovers for later, all contribute to a sound mind, body– and pocketbook. Eating healthy does not mean eating is more expensive. This year’s theme stresses the importance of that message.

For 2018, the Academy has included these important points in their Go Further with Food Campaign, we have added a few tips of our own for you below:

1. Include a variety of healthful foods from all the food groups on a regular basis.

Our tip: March is a great time to watch the beginning of local fresh fruits and vegetables appear at farmer markets. Try adding spring seasonal produce to refresh your menus.

2. Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.

Our tip: If you have too much of any one type of food, or an item is going out of date soon, swap ingredients with a friend or check the Academy website for useful recipes.

3. Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days, and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week.

Our tip: If you like to take advantage of better prices, (think Costco), find a family or friend to split the quantities with you.

4. Be mindful of portion size. Eat and drink the amount that is right for you.

 Our tip: Remember, just because a restaurant fills the plate that doesn’t mean that is your appropriate serving size.

5. Continue to use good food safety practices.

Our tip: Storage, cooking and keeping cooked food all require attention to best practices.

6. Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.

Our tip: Find a friend or relative to enjoy a walk and talk.

7. Realize the benefits of healthy eating. Consult experts to help.

 Our tip: We have a variety of services to help support good nutrition – including meal preparation, grocery shopping and live in support.

 

Eat & Enjoy! If you or a loved one needs support call us at (301) 740-8870 or learn more about our elder home care and assisted living services.