In recognition of National Nutrition Month, Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) encourages residents to consider more healthful choices by trying some of the following nutrition tips:
- Make your calories count. Nutritious foods are usually whole foods and whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, lean meats, fibrous vegetables such as broccoli and leafy greens like kale.
- Remember deliberate change comes slowly. Most people won’t change their diets overnight, but if you start small, it can have a big impact later. Trying to modify the foods you eat all at once can be overwhelming, so make changes that will be sustainable like drinking water when you go out to eat, adding an extra vegetable side with dinner, or making sure you eat breakfast every morning. Soon enough it will turn into a habit and you can add more later!
- Know what you’re putting into your body. Food is fuel for our bodies, and just like cars, what we put into them will affect the distance we go. Learning what we’re eating can drastically improve how we eat. Reading food and drink labels is a great place to start, and knowing the kinds of vitamins your body needs will help you determine if what’s on the label is right for you. Talking to your doctor, nutrition blogs and other online resources like www.eatright.org can help point you in the right direction.
- Savor the flavor! Don’t think nutrition has to be boring. Let your imagination run wild and be adventurous with your food. Try something new at each meal and explore flavors you haven’t tried before. You’ll be surprised with all the tasty combinations you can discover!
Always keep in mind that nutrition plays a big part in your overall health. Don’t be discouraged, and remember that small changes can go a long way to improving your health.
For more information about nutrition and improving your health, visit www.eatright.org, www.dph.georgia.gov/nutrition-program or www.choosemyplate.gov.