The theme for this year is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day”. We are individuals with different food preferences, lifestyles, cultures, and health concerns. There isn’t a one size fits all when it comes to eating. Since I encourage my clients to make changes, I decided that I should make some changes of my own in honor of National Nutrition Month. I assessed my meals and decided to do the following.
1. Try a new vegetable everyday. I’m very loyal to broccoli and gai-lan, but eating a variety of vegetables will ensure that I’m getting different nutrients. So far, I’ve tried broccoflower (tastes exactly like cauliflower) and teeny tiny baby white bok choy. Both very delicious.
2. Switch to decaf coffee. Some people can handle regular coffee with no problem but I’m not one of those people. Drinking regular coffee makes me super jittery and anxious. Concentrated tea does the same. I will make my coffee in the morning with half regular and half decaf.
3. Eat more legumes. To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of beans. I find them a little too dry and I don’t appreciate the “side effects”. I will try to steam small red beans and brown rice together in my rice cooker.
4. Cut back on meat. There’s more and more research linking red meat, poultry and dairy consumption to cancer. I’m also concerned about the hormones, antibiotics and added chemicals. Not to mention, raising animals for food damages the environment. You may ask where I’ll be getting my protein. Not to worry, I’ll get them from these foods.
5. Stabilize my blood sugars. As a child, I would drink sugar from the packets. Sometimes, my breakfast would consist of chips, candy and a grenade drink. My cavities can prove it. I didn’t know any better. Now I understand that it’s important to eat every 3-4 hours, have protein with every meal to stay fuller for longer, and eat mostly fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains. I try to limit my overall added sugar intake to about 5 teaspoons a day but I’ll indulge once in a while, especially if it’s chocolate cake.
I’ll let you guys know my progress on March 13, 2013 which is Registered Dietitian day!
What small changes are you willing to make towards even better health? Were your parents health conscious? If not, what made you more health conscious? Were grenade drinks part of your childhood? Did you ever drink sugar directly from the packet?