How Nutritionists Help Americans Feel and Look Great
March 8th heralds Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Day. On this day, we recognize RDNs for the ways they guide us to develop good eating habits, maintain good lifestyles and change harmful ones, and keep us apprised of nutritional news. Becoming an RDN takes years of schooling but unfortunately, their advice often goes unheeded as people make excuses to continue eating unhealthy foods and indulging in sedentary lifestyles. Nutritionists know what they’re talking about, and today we’re going to highlight some of their best tips for a healthy lifestyle.
Please consult your health care professional before making any drastic changes to your diet and exercise, especially if you suffer with any chronic ailments or have health concerns that involve diet or exercise restrictions.
Choose Your Food Carefully
Most people think the more fruits and vegetables you eat, the healthier you are. Fruits and vegetables are crucial and new data indicates we may need 7-9 servings per day. However, as with any food group though, too much may deprive your body of other necessary nutrients. It’s better to eat foods from each group every day rather than consuming too many of one group. Be aware of the nutrients your body needs most and look for foods containing them. Dark green and yellow vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, and skim milk may all be good choices.
Listen to Cravings
If you’re craving something, it’s probably your body’s way of telling you it needs what’s in that food. However, this is not an excuse to eat junk. You may think you’re craving ice cream, but you’re probably low on calcium. Choose a glass of milk or some crackers with low-fat cream cheese instead. Consider satisfying a craving for salt with pickles or lean jerky. Beat a sugar craving with a small square of dark chocolate, a teaspoon of peanut or almond butter, or a cup of decaf mint tea.
Many people see exercise as a chore or a punishment, and this needs to change if America wants to be healthy. Find the exercise routine or activity that’s best for you. If you don’t like team sports, go to the gym, get on a bike or treadmill, and compete with yourself for better times or more calories burned. If you’re social, consider joining a cardio or kickboxing class. Exercise can get repetitive, especially if you’re doing it solo, so entertain yourself with a customized playlist or books on tape. Use a spotter during weight training or if you’re new to a certain machine or routine.
Consult the Experts
If you have a reasonably healthy diet and exercise frequently but are still unhappy with your body, health, or energy levels, it may be time to consult an RDN. He or she can help you determine if you’re eating enough, what types of foods you should be eating, and the exercises that may work for you.
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Originally Posted: 3/11/2015
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