Happy National Nutrition Month!

Nutrition From the Ground Up

The theme for this year's NNM is "Nutrition From the Ground Up" so this month I will try to bring you posts that deliver exactly that.  In this complicated world of food where tens of thousands of options exist when we walk into the grocery store, please remember that complex isn't always better.  It's time to come back to the basics with food and nutrition.

Image courtesy of the ADA.Food Can Be Simple

Remember how satisfying eating whole foods is?  Instead of trying to inspect every label and count up your calories, fat, sodium, and protein as the day goes on, try returning so the 'oldie but goodies'.  Whole fruits, whole vegetables, whole grain bread, rice, and pasta products, lean meats, fish, poultry, beans, and low-fat dairy products are items to keep in mind as you shop and plan your meals.  This return to whole foods will help maintain a consistent stream of energy throughout the day, help fill you up on nutritious and fiber-rich foods, and may lead to a healthier weight maintenance.  

 

Challenge

I challenge you to eat as many whole foods as you can this month.  You may find that eating closer to the earth allows you to enjoy the rich natural flavors of each food as it was grown and intended, that balancing your meals becomes easier because there's less calculating involved, and that with the introduction of more nutritious and wholesome energy sources you have less energy swings throughout the day.  Good luck!  I'll be doing the same myself.  Please let me know of any comments, questions, or hurdles along the way!