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March Is National Nutrition Month



Good nutrition is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy weight will prevent many chronic illnesses such as diabetes or high blood pressure and promote overall health.

You know the saying ”we are what we eat”; that doesn’t mean we are a carrot, a potato or an apple. It means that if we eat healthy food we are going to be healthy individuals. What is healthy when it comes to food? There are so many theories, ideas, books, recipes, points of view and information out there that makes the subject of nutrition so controversial that one ends up being confused and disappointed.

One of the reasons why we need to eat healthy food and be thoughtful about our nutrition is because there are six essential nutrients that our bodies can’t synthesize on its own and we need to get them from the food we eat. Those 6 nutrients are: proteins, fat, minerals, vitamins, water and carbohydrates. When you eat a healthy diet that includes a variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and legumes, you get all the nutrients needed for your body to function properly. 

Lets just talk about the most important tips that we should follow in our journey to
healthy nutrition:
  • Eat a variety of foods
  • Eat as many vegetables as you can
  • Eat as many fruits as you can
  • Lower the amount of processed food that you eat
  • Lower your sodium intake
  • Lower your sugar intake
  • Learn to make sugar free deserts
  • Replace your animal fat and protein intake and use plant based substitutions
  • Eat whole grains
  • Eat fruit for desert
  • Try to cook your meals and don’t eat out as much
  • Drink water
  • Say no to sodas
  • Try to drink plant based milk
  • Experiment with different recipes
  • Grill, bake, or steam instead of frying your food
  • Find sources of satisfaction that do not involve food
  • Read and get information on the subject of nutrition
  • Read food labels
  • Eat to fuel your body, not to fill up your emotional emptiness
  • Don’t keep unhealthy food in your house
Taking good care of our bodies is our responsibility. A healthy body equals overall health, and this includes healthy weight, good frame of mind, strength, stamina, good posture and good balance.

So, let’s embrace this challenge and be responsible for our health and the health of our
families.

Submitted by the YMCA of Montclair. Author: Lisy Espindola, Certified Nutritionist and Wellness Consultant, Certified Fitness Instructor

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