Some of our recent Wellness columns have discussed the dangers of too much salt and too much sugar in a diet. This week, we wrap up the Academy of Nutrition and Dietics observation of National Nutrition Month(R), and give a little extra thought to making good dietary choices, and to learn more about the importance of nutrition and physical activity.
By making effectively-timed eating a priority and not an afterthought, people are able lead much healthier and productive lives. The Academy also reminds us to 1) incorporate a wide variety of healthy foods from each food group into our diets, 2) be more responsible at grocery shopping time by purchasing only the food and quantities we’ll use in the near future, 3) get into good habits with mealtime portion sizes, and 4) be diligent about planning leftovers during the week, so that all the food that is purchased is also consumed.
It’s also fair to say that timely food consumption can have a major impact in every day life. A healthy breakfast helps provide well-timed energy for a productive day, improves metabolism and plays a major part in reducing the likelihood of conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity. Consumption just before a sporting event and other activities can improve performance.
Visit the Academy website for more nutrition ideas and to learn more about activities you and your family can undertake to use nutritious habits on the path to a healthier life.