In addition to what you eat, how you eat that plays an important role in obtaining nutrition from that food. Contrary to the popular belief, good nutrition is not at all hard or restrictive and it is easy to achieve it by improving eating habits. This could be either done gradually or at once.
Jenna Anding is a registered dietician nutritionist who believes that good nutrition is achievable by eating the food, bite by bite. At Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, she said that;
“March is National Nutrition Month, which is an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s theme, “Eat Right, Bite by Bite,” emphasizes that making small changes can have a positive impact on our diets and our health.”
Anding emphasizes people to follow “food smartness” where they can make small changes in their dietary habits that are not hard, east to do and don’t require anything extra. She explained that people often go through drastic dietary changes that stress them physically and mentally.
And these changes are not sustainable in the long term and that is why it frustrates them. As to her, healthy eating habits can be attained by eating food in small bites, one after another. This “Bite by Bite” technique gradually makes up a permanent habit and takes place of the existing haphazardly eating.
It could cause more goodness such as it encourages people to consume water and not highly sweetened soda drinks. They can eat more vegetables and fruit content every day which improves their daily food intake. Moreover, it would lead people to prepare their meals at home which is healthier, hygienic and cuts a lot of money from the monthly budget that goes to eating outside food.
Anding shared that this smart eating would not only add more nutritional value to what you eat but also ensure better health or you and your family. She said;
“Consumers should read food labels to determine whether they have too much salt, sugar, saturated fat or calories for their needs. Reading the nutrition facts panel can help you make better food choices when shopping.”
Anding suggests that; “Planning meals and having some control over when and where you serve them can help improve your eating habits. Try to eat as a family as often as possible and without the television or other electronics to help minimize distractions. Encourage children to be involved in the planning and preparation as much as they are able as this gives parents an opportunity to talk to them about good nutrition.”
Many of these easy to cook recipes are available on AgriLife Extension’s Dinner Tonight website.
Improving dietary habits is a transformative phase and it should not be done drastically. Anding suggests to; “Look for restaurants with a wide range of menu items, including ‘lighter fare’ choices,” she said. “If items have nutrition information, compare calories and any other details provided. Choose fried foods less often and instead try to find items that are baked, broiled, grilled, roasted, poached or steamed. Don’t be afraid to ask for lunch or child-sized portions or a to-go box if food portions are too large.”
Changing one’s dietary habits can leave a big difference in how he feels, his energy levels and reduces the risk of many chronic diseases by adding years to life. AgriLife Extension is offering many programs that could help all people in improving their dietary habits.