First, what exactly is eating right? Eating right encompasses the ability to find balance in food selection, variety and portions. Food selection should be mindful of calorie-dense versus nutrient-dense foods.
- Calorie-dense foods have low nutritional value and have high calorie content and is often high in fat.
- Nutrient-dense foods, such as fruits and vegetables, have high levels of vitamins and minerals while having low calorie content, which contributes to weight maintenance.
Consuming a variety of nutrient dense foods contributes to meeting total nutritional needs for healthy lifestyle. Examples of nutrient dense foods include whole grains, lean proteins, non/low fat dairy, fruits and vegetables. There is no such thing as a “super” food to make you healthy, rather a variety of foods working together to complete the body’s needs. Correct portions of food is key for weight management and meeting the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA’s) for vitamins and minerals. Eating right should also be balanced with physical activity on most days.
Savor the Flavor of Eating Right
Now that we’ve defined what it means to eat right, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) message of Savor the Flavor of Eating Right emphasizes the importance of enjoying all there is about food. According the AND, this year’s theme “encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives. How, when, why and where we eat are just as important as what we eat. Develop a mindful eating pattern that includes nutritious and flavorful foods — that’s the best way to savor the flavor of eating right!”. Please visit www.nationalnutritionmonth.org for more information.