March is Nutrition Month – my favourite of all the months! I really like this month because it showcases not only how important is to eat healthy, but also tips to incorporate this information into your diet and routine. If there is ever a time to incorporate these tips, now is the time!
To get you started, here are my top five tips for eating healthy:
- Eat a rainbow!
Fruits and veggies are very colourful, and the compounds that are responsible for this in nature are also very healthy for us. For example, the compound that makes carrots orange, beta-carotene, is good for our eyes, and the compound that makes blueberries blue, anthocyanin, can help our bodies fight cancer-causing compounds.
- Choose whole grain foods.
Whole grain foods, like oats and whole grain bread, are high in fibre and contain protein. Both of these nutrients help us to stay full longer after consuming them, which also means you don’t have to eat as much of them.
- Incorporate other sources of protein.
It is very ingrained in us to only eat animal-based protein, but it is becoming more and more common to explore other protein sources. For example, there are lots of plant-based protein options that provide you not only with enough protein (sometimes for less calories), but also adds extra fibre and other nutrients to your diet as well. Find more information on plant based proteins here.
- When grocery shopping, shop the store’s perimeter.
The store’s perimeter is where you’ll find the least processed foods. Here is where you’ll find your eggs, dairy, meat, bread, and veggies — basically your main food groups, and coincidentally, the food that is least processed when it arrives at the store. If you limit your trips down the aisles, your grocery cart will have healthier contents, and it may even be emptier.
- ENJOY WHAT YOU EAT!
Perhaps what is almost as important is that you are enjoying what you eat. There are many people who think you can’t have tasty food and eat healthy at the same time. There are ways to do this and you really just have to figure out what works for you.
I will say this though – if you enjoy what you eat, and even better, who you eat it with, then that’s half the battle.