Tired of mixed nutrition messaging? Want to eat healthier but don’t know where to start? Then March is the month for you! Nutrition isn’t always as easy as it should be, but luckily, March is Nutrition Month in Canada and the United States, and Registered Dietitians (RD) in both countries are busy sharing information on healthy eating.
In the United States National Nutrition Month 2017’s theme is Put Your Best Fork Forward, encouraging people to look at every meal as an opportunity to make small changes that can add up to a big difference in your health and diet. Dietitians of Canada has chosen the theme Take the Fight Out of Food, offering strategies to help people deal with common dietary questions and concerns. Both countries do an amazing job of providing solutions that are easy to introduce to your daily life. Here are our four favorite tips:
- Spot Food Fads – There’s so much nutrition information floating around, how do you know what to trust? Dietitians of Canada have outlined questions to ask to help you avoid food fads. Tell tale signs include quick fixes, and sharing personal accounts instead of facts. When in doubt, ask a RD or do a search on credible websites like Dietitians of Canada and Eat Right.
- Be Creative – Include a variety of healthy ingredients into your cooking to create your own style! Picky eater at home? Don’t give up; it can take kids up to 15 tries before they like a new food, so serving new ingredients in different ways may help ease the transition.
- Get Moving – Exercise and healthy eating go hand in hand when it comes to ensuring physical wellness. Find a variety of activities you love to help you reach the 2.5 hours of moderate intensity activity recommended for adults each week.
- Dietitians know best – We chose this as a top tip in 2016 as well, but it’s worth repeating! RDs are highly qualified professionals who use science based information to help you with your personal nutrition needs. We highly recommend going to RDs s as your first source for nutrition information!
Wading through nutrition information online can be tricky; best to stick to the experts to help keep things clear. Follow #NationalNutritionMonth and #NutritionMonth on social media for more great info!