We know it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle – eating right and staying active in beautiful Windermere, Florida. But, because March is National Nutrition Month, we wanted to take a deeper look into what it means eat and live healthy.

What to Eat

Many people think eating right means eating food that doesn’t taste good. That couldn’t be farther from the truth! There are several foods that are not only packed with nutrients, but are also packed with flavor.

Did you know that more than one-third of the calories consumed by an average American are from solid fats and added sugars? When planning your family’s meals, remember to avoid  things like added sugars, solid fats, trans fats, refined grains, and sodium. Instead, start eating foods packed with necessary nutrients like protein, calcium, vitamin C, and whole grains.

fruit-salad-1097383-mA common question we often hear from patients is in regard to wanting to know how much of what they are supposed to eat on a daily basis. Let’s break it down:

Vegetables: This maybe not everyone’s favorite choice, but find at least one that you really like and be sure to get at least 2 ½ cups each day.

Dairy Products: It is important to get at least 3 cups a day to ensure your body is receiving the calcium and vitamin D is needs for strong bones.

Fruits: Fruit is usually the best way to satisfy a sweet tooth without ruining a whole day of healthy eating. Get at least 2 cups a day for important nutrients like potassium and vitamin A.

Whole Grains: Make sure that at least have of your grain consumption is whole grains. This will give your body the fiber it needs to stay healthy.

If you are eating right, but are still concerned that you are not getting all the vitamins you need, try adding a multi-vitamin supplement to fill in the gaps. Speak with your doctor before starting a vitamin regimen or drastically changing your eating habits.

Staying Active

It’s not only about what you put in your body, it’s also important to maintain an active lifestyle. Staying active not only helps you maintain a healthy weight, it is also proven to help you feel more energetic, sleep better, decrease depression, and even prevent chronic disease.
Try to get in at least 30-60 minutes of activity every day. If you are new to exercise, walking is the best place to start. Pace yourself and increase intensity as you feel that you are ready.

Combine healthy eating with physical activity and you are set to take on National Nutrition Month, and every month, like a pro.