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Putting Your Best Fork Forward

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on Thursday, 02 March 2017 in School Nutrition Blog

nationalnutritionmonthblogHappy National Nutrition Month! Here at Whitsons we are excited to celebrate the start to a new healthier you. 


The theme for 2017 is to “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” The main purpose of this theme is to provide the idea that you always have the power to make your life more positive and healthier. Through small changes started this month and continued on, you can make improvements to your health forever!


So how do you put for best fork forward? First, aim to fill half your plate with more fruits and vegetables. By increasing the amount and variety of produce in your diet, you are sure to give your body the essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that it needs. Secondly, try to make sure that half your grains are whole grains. Whole grains can be whole-wheat breads, whole-wheat pastas, brown rice, and whole grain cereals; aim for items with 3 grams or more of fiber per serving. Other important foods to include on your plate are: low-fat and reduced fat dairy, protein foods including seafood, lean meats, nuts, and poultry, as well as healthy fats such as corn oil, olive oil, and sunflower oil. Lastly, try and drink more water. When you stay hydrated you allow yourself to concentrate, and your body is then able to perform at its best. These are all excellent items to include in your daily meals.


There are also some actions we can take while we are eating as well. It is important to start each day with a balanced breakfast. Also, try putting your fork down in between each bite; this will allow you to fully enjoy and appreciate each bite of food. It takes about 20 minutes for our stomachs to communicate to our brains that we are full, so definitely take the time to sit down and take it all in. Many of us are always busy and thinking about the next thing that we have to get done, but recognizing where your food is coming from, and all of the steps it took to make it to your plate is sure to help you slow down. Evidence has also been found that helps to show that making dietary and healthy lifestyle changes today, can help prevent diseases in the future. Many people find it helpful to look for activities that all family members can enjoy; try activities together including various sports, bike riding, walking, or swimming. When you combine these practices, both you and your entire family are on the way to being the healthiest you can be!


Here at Whitsons we are also fully onboard with supporting local and fresh ingredients for our meals. So when we put our best fork forward, we are constantly looking ahead to see what will benefit you and your family. This month do your best to put your best fork forward, and help continue your family’s journey to a more nutritious lifestyle!


Contributor: Katherine Ancona, R.D.


Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog are strictly those of the author and should not be construed as the opinions of Whitsons Culinary Group or any of its affiliates.  All content and material contained in this blog is provided for informational purposes only, and no representation is made as to the accuracy or completeness of this information.  It is general information that may not apply to you as an individual.  It is not medical advice and should not be treated as such.  You should not rely on the information in this blog as a substitute for your own doctor’s medical care or advice. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

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