MARCH IS NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH
“Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” is the 2014 theme for National Nutrition Month. The annual campaign is created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and it focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing personal physical activity habits. Why not make this month the start of your healthiest year ever?
Natural, whole foods are simply the best choices when building a strong diet. To do this, eat minimal amount of processed foods. Relying solely on whole foods takes time, but it is the first step toward a healthier lifestyle. As often as you can, choose natural foods that are certified organic. Another way to choose natural foods is to read labels. Stick with items that have whole, simple ingredients, with fewer additives. An extra goal is to include variety in your diet, especially for protein. Deviate from your routine and include new foods. A great way to add variety is to serve fish at least twice per week. Use these guidelines when making your decisions about what food to purchase and put in your body.
Fresh, raw plant and animal products is a nutrition topic to keep in mind this year. For raw plant foods, eat non-cooked vegetables and fruit whenever possible! This can be done by topping a bed of leafy salad greens with freshly cut raw vegetables like radishes, bell peppers, cucumbers, or mushrooms. To obtain the benefits of raw animal products, try unpasteurized dairy products such as Springs of Hope raw milk or raw yogurt. Always choose the freshest source of food. For example, if you’re looking for corn, your options are likely: corn on the cob with the husk, frozen corn, or canned corn. Selecting corn on the cob with the husk is the freshest and best choice.
Fermented foods are another hot topic, and if you haven’t started building a strong, healthy gut, National Nutrition Month is the perfect time to start. Microbes, or good bacteria, are a hugely importantly part of health. Diversity of good bacteria has dwindled away in our lives due to antibiotics, pasteurized foods, C-section births, lack of fermented foods in the diet, medications, and so much more. Without a healthy flora of good bacteria inside and outside us, our bodies are weakened. The good news is that there are excellent, delicious sources fermented foods that can strengthen the gut. Kombucha is a fizzy, fermented black tea that provides about 2 billion live cultures, four to seven different kinds, per bottle. Townshend’s Tea Company’s Brew Dr. Kombucha brand is 100% raw, certified organic, and made in Oregon. GoodBelly Probiotic juice is another source of good bacteria. Both are available right in Pilgrim’s Market.
Have fun with National Nutrition Month and “enjoy the taste of eating right.” Choose more natural, whole foods. Eat fresh, raw plant and animal products. Start strengthening your GI tract by sipping on a tasty fermented tea or juice.
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