March is National Nutrition Month, and when it comes to nutrition–with new research coming in faster than ever–awareness couldn’t be more important.
Nutrition information has never been more accessible than right now. With easy access to the Internet and other forms of social media, it only takes seconds to get advice. But not all the information is credible. With so much constantly changing information at our fingertips, it’s not surprising that along with solid nutritional facts comes a host of half-truths, myths, and bad information.
Television, books, and magazines are quick to take hold of fad diets, supplements that promise to burn fat, and injections that can be unhealthy, and even life threatening.
“Get your plate in shape” is the theme for this year’s National Nutrition Month, where health officials from across the country work to educate communities on how to eat healthy.
There are sample food plates, calorie trackers, weight management tools, suggestions on increasing physical activity, and healthy eating tips.
Selections now have less salt, more whole grains and less fat. This is a great start, and is already making a difference in homes and schools.
Of course many people have sensitivities and are restricted to gluten-free or lactose-free diets, or have other medical conditions that require a special diet.
I’ve chosen a few of my favorite websites to help you meet your nutritional goals and make healthy choices.
- Webmd is a good resource with noted health experts to answer common questions about nutrition, diet, and weight loss. They have healthy eating guides for gluten-free, high protein, low sodium and vegetarian diets, recipes, and slide shows.
- For natural and organic foods, Whole Foods has great suggestions, videos, and tips on how to stock your pantry. They also provide interesting ideas on cooking with different foods and spices from around the world.
- Dr. Andrew Weil’s site is an excellent place to learn about supplements and herbs, men’s and women’s health issues, and healthy aging. You can submit a question, and get an answer from their extensive library.
As always, we will continue to draw awareness to credible nutrition information, and to celebrate healthy eating year round. With tips on how to select, store and use seasonal fruits and vegetables, and mouth watering recipes, we hope to help you meet your nutrition goals and stay healthy.
There is no magic food that will speed up your metabolism, burn fat or hasten your weight loss — but understanding nutrition, and how the vitamins and minerals in the food you eat play an important part in your overall health, is a great place to start.