March is National Nutrition Month and the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and Grundy County Memorial Hospital (GCMH) want to remind the community that making changes in your eating plans can improve your health.
"It is important for people to look at their current eating habits and see what small changes they can make to eat healthier and feel healthier," says registered dietitian Wendy Brewer from GCMH. "Sometimes just decreasing your portions can help you meet the Dietary Guidelines and still allow you to eat some of your favorite foods. Avoid dieting and aim for changing some of your lifestyle habits."
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommend shifts in food consumption patterns, encouraging people to eat more: whole grains; vegetables; fruits; low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt, and cheese or fortified soy beverages; vegetable oils such as canola, corn, olive, peanut, and soybean; and seafood.
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines recommend eating less: added sugars; sold fats, including trans fats; refined grains, and sodium.
More than one-third of all calories consumed by Americans are solid fats and added sugars. ADA encourages people to replace as many of these calories as possible with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt and cheese.
Recommendations of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines on consumption of sodium and fats are of particular concern because of their links to serious health conditions such as heart disease and hypertension.
Wendy Brewer RD, LD, provides individual nutrition consultations and group Medical Weight Management classes. For an appointment or to sign up for a class, contact the GCMH Schedules at (319) 824-5081 or toll-free (888) 824-5081.
If you have questions about any of the GCMH services please call the hospital at 319-824-5421 or visit our website at www.GrundyCountyHospital.org.