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Your Tahoe Health: 8 ways to celebrate National Nutrition Month in March

Jill Whisler
Special to the Sun
Making small changes in the kitchen is just one part of becoming healthier over time.
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TAHOE-TRUCKEE — March is National Nutrition Month, and we hope to inspire you to improve you and your family’s nutrition by making small changes in your eating habits — one forkful at a time.

Did you know that we make over 200 choices a day about food? So, whether you are planning meals to prepare at home or making selections when eating out, put your best fork forward and find your healthy eating style one small step at a time.

Top 8 ways to find your healthy eating style in March:

1. Choose variety: Create an eating style that includes a variety of your favorite, healthful foods.

2. The more you cook, the better you look: 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. Betsy Taylor, Registered Dietitian, will be guiding Intuitive Eating classes in March, call 530-587-3769 for more information.

4. Role model: Move! Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week. Move vigorously for 3 days a week — fast! Don’t be afraid to look silly. Skip. Jump. Run.

5. Get out of the gate strong: Start the family’s day with a nutritious breakfast. Strive for protein in the morning. Smoothies, eggs, or whole grains are some great starts.

6. Remember the rule of half: During each meal, fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables.

7. Talk positively about eating healthy foods: Your kids are listening and, more importantly, watching.

8. Choose nutrient-dense options: Foods packed with important nutrients are naturally lean or low in solid fats and have little or no added sugars or sodium.

Making small changes in the kitchen is just one part of becoming healthier over time. Studies show that parent-child power struggles over food do not work.

If you model healthy behaviors, your children will follow. Parents can also support health by providing opportunities and encouraging their children to spend time each day playing and being more active. Not only do the children feel better, the adults do, too.

As part of National Nutrition Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, eatright.org, has articles, recipes, videos and educational resources to spread the message of good nutrition and an overall healthy lifestyle for people of all ages, genders and backgrounds.

Jill Whisler, MS, RD, is a member of the Rethink Healthy team, a service of the Wellness Neighborhood of Tahoe Forest Health System. More information is at TFHD.com.