3/20/2013 3:03:00 PM Weight management: It's about eating right
By Fay Coats CBHA
March is National Nutrition Month. The theme for this year is "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day." Cindy Rosenow, CBHA registered dietician, said the trick is to improve your diet and find a balance in your food choices. "We all have unique lifestyles, traditions and health concerns," she said. "Plus, we all like different foods." Many diets fail because people find them boring, restrictive and uninspiring. All foods can fit into what you eat. "The trick is to eat smaller portions," Rosenow said. "Eat healthy foods you enjoy. Athletic, vegetarian/vegan, corporate and family lifestyles all have special nutritional needs. You'll want to find healthy foods that help you get through the day." The food and nutrition experts at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends the "Make MyPlate your plate" system. What that means is to fill half of your plate with your favorite fruits and veggies; you need some protein and it should be lean and about 3 ounces. Make at least half of your grain choices whole grains and be sure to include low-fat or fat-free dairy products like milk and yogurt. Rosenow recommends that instead of a whole plate of pasta, cut that down to half a plate. Add a green salad, some meat into the sauce and maybe some fruit for dessert. She also recommends fruit as a healthy snack between meals. Rosenow works closely with CBHA medical providers to help patients manage their weight. "A healthy eating plan can help prevent and treat a variety of health concerns," she said. "We can help develop a plan that allows you to enjoy your favorite foods while you meet your nutritional needs and health goals."