Get Your Plate In Shape

National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month, which is an annual campaign by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to bring health and nutrition messaging to the forefront.  As you may know (and if not I'll have to detail it in a blog for you!), Registered Dietitians are the premiere source for scientifically-based, sound nutrition advice.  So this is our month!  All month long I challenge you to consider how you shop, how you stock your pantry, how often you dine out and what items you gravitate towards, what kinds of fluids you're telling your body to run off of, and last but not least, how you build your meals.  What are you doing right for yourself?  Where is there room for improvement?

Get Your Plate in Shape

This year's theme is how best to get your plate in shape.  What that means to me is tackling the food groups one by one and ensuring that there is a balance of macronutrients at every meal.  After all, coloring the plate with all sorts of healthy items will inherently help ensure a balance of micronutrients in the total diet.  Here are some of the key messages:

  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
  • Make at least half of your grains whole grains
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk
  • Vary your protein choices
  • Cut back on sodium and empty calories from solid fat and added sugars
  • Enjoy your food with portion control
  • Be physically active your way, most days

So this NNM, get your plate in shape!  I suggest visiting www.choosemyplate.gov to learn more about the major food groups and the daily recommendations for each.  What are some ways your can help begin to meet the recommended criteria?