March is National Nutrition Month ®

March is National Nutrition Month ® and 2010 we focus on Nutrition from the Ground Up!

There are several key messages in this year’s campaign, sponsored by the American Dietetic Association (ADA), my professional association, in which nutrition experts are sending out the message that nutrition is not complicated.

The first message: START WITH THE BASICS. Think simple.

Most people are aware of what is healthy for their bodies: fruits, vegetables, whole grains. A plant-based diet will work for everyone.

Protein should come from low-fat or fat-free dairy (1% or skim milk, not 2%), and emphasize lean meat (red meat, like beef and pork is ok when it is lean), poultry, fish (not fried), and beans and nuts.

Overall aim for a diet low in saturated fat (10% or less) and almost no trans-fat.

Watch the following nutrients:

  • cholesterol at 300 mg /day or less
  • sodium at 2,300 mg/day or less (quick tip: don’t add salt to your food)
  • added sugars – watch out for these in your sweetened beverages, cereals, and snack foods.

Start out here and you are on your way to a healthier diet.

To learn more about National Nutrition Month ® or the American Dietetic Association go to:

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