March is National Nutrition Month, a nutrition education campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits.
Each year there is a new, designated theme for the month, and this year couldn’t be more appropriate for people with diabetes: “Personalize Your Plate.”
Encouraging personalized healthy eating styles, all month Joslin Educators will bring you content that recognizes that food preferences, lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions, as well as health concerns can all impact individual food choices.
Eating right is vital and goes a long way in controlling or preventing diabetes. But don’t worry, no special foods or complicated diets are necessary for people with diabetes to eat right. A “diabetes diet” is simply eating foods high in nutrients, low in saturated fat, and moderate in calories.
And believe it or not, this is actually an ideal diet for people without diabetes, though people with diabetes have to pay more attention to some food choices.
Remember: improve your eating habits one step at a time. If you slip up one day, don’t get discouraged. It happens to everyone! And don’t restrict yourself to the point of misery. You are allowed to treat yourself from time to time in moderation! Focus on your overall improved eating habits rather than your mistakes. You’ll be springing into a healthy new body with sound eating habits in no time!
Check back here all month long for more healthy eating content!