It is Simple… Not Complicated….Just Take Time out of Your Busy Lives to Eat HEALTHY

March is National Nutrition Month, a time to learn about the importance of proper  nutrition and how it can improve one’s overall quality of life.

 

National Nutrition Month- A Brief History {1}

  • The first National Nutrition Week campaign was launched in 1973 with a presidential proclamation, TV and radio public service announcements, news releases, and bumper stickers, all featuring the theme “Invest in Yourself—Buy Nutrition”  
  • From the beginning, National Nutrition Week was enthusiastically embraced by American Dietetic Association (ADA) members as an opportunity to promote the profession as well as to serve as a vehicle for delivering nutrition education messages to the public

Most Americans have a busy schedule, if it means working late on a project with a tight deadline to running the kids to their sports practices. You tend to look for fast, easy foods to fit your busy lifestyle or you tend to eat most of your meals out, right?

If you have a busy lifestyle, below are some tips from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that you can follow to ensure that you are eating a healthy meal while on the run:

  1. Think ahead and plan where you will eat. Consider what meal options are available. Look for restaurants or carry-out with a wide range of menu items.
  2. Take time to look over the menu and make careful selections. Some restaurant menus may have a special section for “healthier” choices.
  3. Read restaurant menus carefully for clues to fat and calorie content. Menu terms that can mean less fat and calories: baked, braised, broiled, grilled, poached, roasted, steamed.
  4. Menu terms that can mean more fat and calories: batter-fried, pan-fried, buttered, creamed, crispy, and breaded. Choose these foods only occasionally and in small portions.
  5. Order the regular or child-size portion. Mega-sized servings are probably more than you need. For a lighter meal, order an appetizer in place of a main course.

For More Tips on Healthy Eating on the Run: A Month of Tips, Click HERE

All it takes to maintain a healthy diet with proper nutrition is to pause from your busy lifestyle to ask yourself the question, “is what I am eating healthy for me or am I eating it out of convenience because I do not have the time to cook a healthy meal”.

References:

{1}: Denny, Sharon, MS, RD. “National Nutrition Month: A Brief History.” American Dietetic Association Mar. 2006: Volume 106: Number 3. Print.

Author: Allison Wright, Corporate Communications Director

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