DHS Group’s Certified Health Coach and Licensed Life, Health and Accident Agent Tess Zasuwa joins the blog this week to share a few tips and tricks for fueling your move – the healthy way. Before you read, click here to learn more about Tess and value of working with a Certified Health Coach.
March is National Nutrition Month!
While there are many pieces that make up good nutrition, understanding the nutrition facts label is a crucial element to making healthy choices. Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration finalized a new nutrition facts label for packaged foods, a move that will help make it easier for consumers to make more informed choices to support a healthy, balanced diet.
With a nutrition label that includes more information than ever before on what’s in the food and what you’re putting in your body, it’s a great tool to use as you embark on your quest for healthier choices.
Here are recommendations on how to “fuel your move” using smart food choices (including the information you gather from nutrition labels!):
- Make Your Calories Count: Calorie counting has led many people to focus on calories alone, however, nutritional value is more important than calorie content alone. For example, a sandwich and two doughnuts may have the same calorie content, but the calories that come from each are very different. Unhealthy food is unhealthy, no matter the calorie content. Choose foods with nutritional value that will keep you fueled for your day – like protein and complex carbs!
- Follow the “5-20 Percent” Rule: This rule does not define food as good or bad, but can help show you how specific food items can fit into your daily diet. Using the nutrition labels, take a look at the recommended daily value areas. If you see “five percent daily value or less” that’s where you want nutrients that you want to get less of (like saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol and sodium). On the flip side, “20 percent daily value or more” is where nutrients you want to consume more of (like fiber, calcium, iron and vitamin A and C) should be found.
- Show your Diversity: MyPlate, the current guide published by the USDA for Nutrition, suggests dividing your plate into four sections. These four sections consist of approximately: 30 percent grains, 40 percent vegetables, 10 percent fruits and 20 percent protein. Keep this “plate” in your mind as you plan your meals for the week.
As you practice these simple healthy eating recommendations, don’t forget to get moving! Get outside to bike, hit the trail, train for a race or bring your workout indoors. Whatever you decide to do, getting active and keeping these tips in mind will help you “move” into a healthy spring routine.
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