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Put Your Best Fork Forward

Jennifer Jasmin - Thursday, March 23, 2017

March is National Nutrition Month and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages you to “Put Your Best Fork Forward” in celebration. You might be asking yourself what this means? Nutrition experts and everyone here at the MAC agree that making healthy food choices and staying active are the keys to you being your best YOU! Starting with what’s on your fork is the spirit of the Best Fork Forward campaign.

Consistently making informed decisions about the food you put in your body, and practicing sound mind and physical activity habits are very important to maintaining and building a healthy lifestyle. Committing to small changes over time is the simplest way to achieve these goals and make lasting changes you can enjoy. Try swapping white bread and pasta for whole grain options, choosing lean animal or vegetarian proteins, making half your plate vegetables, and choosing fibrous fruits to accomplish your goals!

A commitment to making healthy food choices can reduce the risk of chronic illness and disease including the three leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer and stroke. Therefore, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends these 5 tips to help “Put Your Best Fork Forward”:

  1. Create an eating style that includes a variety of your favorite, healthful foods.
  2. Practice cooking more at home and experiment with healthier ingredients.
  3. How much we eat is as important as what we eat. Eat and drink the right amount for you. Check out MyPlate.com for more information on this.
  4. Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
  5. Manage your weight or lower your health risks by consulting a registered dietitian nutritionist. RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.
So, next time you sit down to eat, ask yourself 'what’s on your fork?' because each bite counts!

This month's Nutrition contributions were written by Jamie Ambach, Dietetic Intern learning alongside MAC Registered Dietitian, Jen Jasmin.
Photo courtesy of http://www.eatright.org 




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