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Unlock the Recipe for Success with Nutritional Tips

Published in Diabetes Care, For the Health of It, Healthy Eating Tips Author: Melissa Dols,CDCES,RDN,LD

As National Nutrition Month unfolds, it is an opportune time to reevaluate your dietary habits and make healthy adjustments. Here are some ideas to kickstart your journey towards a healthier lifestyle:

Cut Down on Added Sugar

Make a conscious effort to reduce your intake of added sugars. When grocery shopping, look at food labels for added sugars and aim to stay within recommended limits. For women and children, the target is 25 grams or less per day, while men should aim for 36 grams or less. Visual aids, such as understanding a sugar cube equals approximately four grams of sugar, can provide tangible motivation for healthier choices.

Consider Watching Informative Documentaries

Take a look at health-related documentaries on streaming platforms to gain deeper insight into the impact of sugar on health, such as “You Are What You Eat.”

Mindful Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables

Stay informed about the annual “Dirty Dozen” list which highlights produce with higher pesticide residues, prompting consumers to prioritize organic options for these items. Increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables offers numerous health benefits.

Plant-Based Meal Advantages

Not only do plant-based meals provide essential nutrients, but they also contribute to environmental sustainability and may even lower grocery bills. Incorporate fruits, vegetables, greens, legumes, nuts, and seeds into your diet when possible.

Plant Based Meal Ideas