National Nutrition Month
March is National Nutrition Month and this year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to … “enjoy the taste of eating right.” Food that is good for you does not have to be bland or boring and in fact, it can be quite the opposite.
The key to enjoying the food you eat is all in how it is prepared. Utilize herbs and spices to transform staple meals and bring excitement to meal time.
Explore the flavors of other cultures and try new foods. Get kids involved, ask them to choose an interesting looking fruit or vegetable and prepare a recipe featuring the new food together.
Where can you get accurate nutrition information? Registered Dietitians or Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists are the food and nutrition experts. In order to hold the RD or RDN credential, these individuals have met specific educational standards, practical experience time within the field of nutrition and dietetics, have passed a national registration exam, and participate in continuing education. They are your source for recommendations based on the latest scientific research, and they are there to stop the cycle of misinformation.
How can an RD/RDN help you? Proper nutrition and healthy eating are important at all stages of the life cycle. Here are some areas that an RD/ RDN can be involved in: medical conditions treated with diet (such as diabetes or cardiovascular disease); food allergies, intolerances, and sensitivities; improvements in athletic performance; recovery from an eating disorder; proper diet throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding; and weight management for children and adults.
Talk with your primary care provider and ask for a referral to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center Nutrition Care Clinic to meet with an RD/ RDN.
Visit www.eatright.org for more information on healthy eating, helpful tips and delicious recipes.