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March is Nutrition Month

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Good nutrition makes such an impact in our lives, which is why it is so important! By following these simple tips, good nutrition doesn’t have to be difficult. Your daily diet should include fruits, vegetables, whole-grains, dairy products, meats and other protein-rich foods. How large of a portion you should eat depends upon your caloric need. Be sure to consult your physician, nutritionist, or dietician before making any changes to your diet to know what is right for you.

Eating regular meals is important. By keeping your hunger under control, you can keep your food choices under control. Many times, tiredness is not caused by lack of sleep alone but rather poor nutrition. If eating three meals a day is not enough for you, divide your total calories into five or six small meals which you can spread throughout the day, so you never get too hungry or end up reaching for poor food choices.

Avoid overeating. Try to understand the difference between stopping eating when you are hungry as opposed to when you are full. Try to remember how it feels to eat to the point of feeling uncomfortable. A person needs only so much to eat, and taking extra bites will make you feel worse in the long run. A satisfied belly doesn’t have to mean a full belly.

Overcome emotional eating. A lot of people tend to eat food as a way of coping with stress. This is known as emotional eating which can lead to obesity and low self-esteem. By overcoming emotional eating, you may notice a difference in energy levels, sleep patterns, and overall mental health.

Eat more darker and brightly colored fruits and vegetables as they tend to offer the best nutrition. A good example of colorful fruit would be berries and darker vegetable would be something like broccoli or spinach. Avoid lighter colored vegetables such as celery and iceberg lettuce because they offer very little nutrients.

Beans can be a great source of nutrition. They offer a high source of protein, low fat content, and little to no sugar. This makes them quite versatile for dieters. There several types of meals you can make with beans in it that can offer a high quality of nutrition.

Limit sugary treats. Better nutrition starts with cutting down on foods that are not healthy for you and then replacing them with better options. Knowing that you have a limit and sticking to it will help give you more control to make better food choices over the course of each week.

The information in this article is to be used for informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of professional medical advice.

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