I started my Plant-Based Diet 17 days ago.  Amazingly, I haven’t cheated!  After cutting out meat, sugar and other good things, it’s surprising that I’m not craving meat very much.  I think the hardest thing to leave alone is sugar.

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Adding protein through beans is alright, but I’m not quite used to eating beans on a regular basis.  Of course, I’m adding vitamins D and B to supplement.  I want to keep this diet going, because it seems to be helping my energy levels.  My digestive system is much better, too.

So many people are trying to improve their health with proper nutrition.  There are many ways to eat healthy.  There are many voices telling us what to eat and what not to eat.  We all do our best to select what seems best for ourselves and our families.

March is National Nutrition Month.  It’s a great time to review nutrition and be aware of ways to improve what foods we put in our body.  Every year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics hosts this celebration to spread awareness.  They want people to be able to make better informed choices in what they eat.

Because there are so many diets and eating fads, having good knowledge is so important.  Health and fitness books are recommended by the AND.  You can check their list, if you want to find some of these books.  The theme for this year’s celebration is: Put Your Best Foot Forward.

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I love all the categories on the Eat Right website.  You can look up almost anything in the search bar, and find wonderful articles for every member of the family.  One page had a great review of learning apps that help children learn about nutrition, while they play games.  It’s important to teach children from a young age to eat healthy food and to play/exercise regularly.

“Key Messages:

  1. Create an eating style that includes a variety of your favorite, healthful foods.
  2. Practice cooking more at home and experiment with healthier ingredients.
  3. How much we eat is as important as what we eat. Eat and drink the right amount for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
  4. Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
  5. Manage your weight or lower your health risks by consulting a registered dietitian nutritionist. RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.” (eatright.org)

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Many of us with chronic illness are on special diets.  Even before my plant-based diet, I was on a limited diet because of my severe chemical sensitivities to food additives.  Those with specific diseases usually work with a nutritionist to plan the best healthy eating plan for them.

Take a little time and explore the Eat Right website.  You may find some great information there to make learning about nutrition and health easier to understand.  I hope you enjoy good nutrition and that it will benefit your health.

Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert.  My posts contain only my opinion.  If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.

@ 2017, copyright Lisa Ehrman

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2 thoughts on “National Nutrition Month 2017

  • March 8, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    Congrats! I’m glad to hear it’s going well for you. I really would love to give up sugar but that darn craving keeps on pulling me right back in; it’s so addicting. I have tried and failed over the years to find a good nutritional balance that works well for me. I feel so much better when I’m eating fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water but find it so hard to keep up for the long term. I wish you all the luck in the world and hope that it continues to work for you.

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    • March 8, 2017 at 3:42 pm
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      Thanks! I’ve never been able to stay off sugar, either. I’m not cheating, yet. 🙂 Eating right is the hardest thing, for sure! I’ve got to keep this up, because I’ve given up hope of getting off this couch (through help with medicines). This seems to be the last thing left to try; using natural methods.

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