Everyone knows they should eat healthy foods. There are a host of benefits to eating right: potential weight loss, having more energy, reducing the risk of certain health conditions, and more.
According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, March is National Nutrition Month®. What does this mean? The organization explains, “National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.”
Perks of eating healthy
Simply eating vegetables can help reduce your risk of some chronic diseases, such as heart disease, certain cancers, type 2 diabetes, and more. Eating healthy foods can have other effects as well, from increased productivity at work to a better mood.
Eating healthy foods can also make you look better. That’s right—it can improve your appearance! When your body gets the nutrients it needs, you could enjoy a healthy smile, fewer wrinkles, less stress, flatter belly, and more! When you combine smart eating with a solid exercise program (remember to consult with your doctor before starting any exercise program), you can achieve impressive results.
Eating right can also boost your mood. Studies have found people are happier when they eat more fruits and vegetables.
How to eat healthy
There are more diet plans out there than can be covered here. But the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services offers eight healthy eating goals:
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
- Make half the grains you eat whole grains.
- Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.
- Choose a variety of lean protein foods.
- Compare sodium in foods and choose lower sodium options.
- Drink water instead of sugary drinks.
- Eat some seafood.
- Cut back on solid fats.
There are loads of resources available to help you make nutritious choices. The WPS Health Center offers articles on nutrition and physical activity, nutrition tips for when you have high blood pressure, healthy eating in children, how to plan your healthy eating, and many, many more. Just go to the WPS Health Center page and search on “nutrition” for all the information you can handle.
You can also check out choosemyplate.gov for tips, tools, and videos that show how you can make simple changes for great results. You can even sign up to get daily tips and resources through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or email.
So go ahead—start with small diet changes. Over time, add more small, healthy changes. Eventually, you’ll be living the healthy life you always dreamed about.