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Nutrition 101: Eat Right, Bite by Bite!

March 2, 2020

Nutrition 101

March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is Eat Right, Bite by Bite! This theme supports the philosophy that every bite of nutrition can be a step in the right direction towards better health. The following tips have been provided by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Focusing on nutrition “bite by bite” is about making small changes to your eating style to help you live a healthier life. Making changes isn’t always easy and can feel overwhelming, which is why it’s helpful to keep things simple.

If you’re trying to make changes to the foods you eat, you don’t have to change everything all at once. Some of the following are small steps you can take to create a more healthful eating style. Try setting one goal from each tip every week this month to have your healthiest March ever!

Week One: Eat a variety of nutritious foods every day.  Some simple steps:
•    Include healthful foods from all food groups
•    Hydrate healthfully with beverages
•    Learn how to read Nutrition Facts labels
•    Practice portion control
•    Take time to enjoy your food

Week Two: Plan your meals each week. Here are some steps:
•    Use a grocery list to shop for healthful foods
•    Chose healthful recipes to make during the week
•    Enjoy healthful eating at school and at work
•    Be menu savvy when dining out
•    Plan healthful eating while traveling

Week Three: Learn skills to create tasty meals. Keep these in mind:
•    Keep healthful ingredients on hand
•    Practice proper home food safety
•    Share meals together as a family when possible
•    Find ways to reduce food waste
•    Try new flavors and foods

Week Four: Consult a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN):
•    Ask your doctor for a referral to an RDN
•    Receive personalized nutrition advice to meet your goals
•    Thrive through the transformative power of food and nutrition

This National Nutrition Month, but remember that every little bit of nutrition is a step in the right direction, no matter the season. Small goals and changes can have a powerful, cumulative effect on your health.
Nutrition doesn't have to be overwhelming. If you need help, no matter what your nutrition goals are, see a registered dietitian nutritionist.

To find out more information on how small changes to your diet can help with your health goals, contact your UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown dietitians at (641) 854-7530 or email dietitians@unitypoint.org.

Find out more information about UnityPoint Health – Marshalltown’s Outpatient nutrition services.

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