Nutrition is important, what goes into the body affects how it functions. There is a
reason your body feels sluggish after a big meal, the body activates the production
of serotonin. The larger the meal, the more serotonin is produced leading to a
feeling of sluggishness.
Eating better can help give the body more energy, as well as help increase your
metabolism and overall health. Even at a healthy weight, a poor diet can lead to
increased health problems such as heart disease, hypertension, and osteoporosis.
March is National Nutrition Month; use the information below as a guide to starting
a healthier diet.
• Switch to Whole Grains.
Instead of reaching for the white bread, pick up a loaf of whole grain instead; the
increased fiber will keep you fuller longer and aid in digestion.
• Eat Your Greens (or Reds, Yellows, or Oranges).
Fill at least half of your plate with vegetables, the more colorful the more
beneficial to your health.
• Look Out for Sodium.
Just because something is labeled as healthy doesn’t make it so, a lot of times
sodium will be added for flavor lost by reducing the fat.
• Replace Sugary Drinks with Water.
Sometimes it may seem like you need a sugary drink, but adding some lime,
lemon, orange, or watermelon to your water can kick up the flavor without adding
the unnecessary sugar.
• Trade in Your Whole Milk for Fat-free or 1%.
Milk is a major source of calcium and vitamin D, which reduce the risk of
osteoporosis. Lower fat milk has all the same benefits.
Making healthier choices isn’t easy, especially when there is the choice for
something that is faster and more convenient. Commit to one healthy change a
week, and build on it.