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National Nutrition Month 2014

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The theme of National Nutrition Month this year is "Enjoying the Taste of Eating Right." Do you enjoy what you eat?! Do you choose what you LIKE to eat versus what you SHOULD eat?! What criteria do you use to choose your food?!! Is your nutrition information accurate or factual?!!

Try adding JOY back into your diet!!! Try adding color with fruits and vegetables, add variety with different cooking methods, add fresh herbs that you plant at your home, take pride in your food, and take time to enjoy food!!!

In honor of National Nutrition Month I tried a new food to week. I tried ROASTED AVOCADO!!! And was glad I did!!!!

ROASTED AVOCADO: 1-2 Large Avocados, sliced into Quarters Olive Oil Sea Salt Pepper Garlic Powder

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve on a salad, sandwich, in a taco, or make roasted guacamole!!! Be creative!!!

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I encourage you to seek the professional help and guidance from a dietitian if you feel you are overwhelmed or confused by the mixed messages in the media surrounding food. Get factual information and get guidance on how to improve your health!!! www.nutrifocusonline.com

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TIP #4 - EATING WELL

TIP #4 -   DON'T GET THIRSTY!

The Dietary Reference Intakes from the Institute of Medicine recommend a total daily beverage intake of 13 cups for men and 9 cups for women. This amount is for generally healthy people living in temperate climates. The recommended amount of fluids can come from a variety of sources such as sports drinks, water, juice, milk, tea, and other non-alcoholic beverages.  We also get fluids from foods we eat such as fresh fruits and vegetables.  I recommend avoiding high amounts of sugary soft and fizzy drinks as they are high in sugar content and bad for your teeth.

How can you increase your fluid intake?

Consider the following tips:

  • Have Fresh Fruit for a Snack! The majority of watermelon is water!
  • Make fluids accessible!  Carry a water bottle with you on the go!
  • Drinking water all day can get a little boring, so add flavor! Be creative!  Add fruit or cucumber for a refreshing twist!