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Put Your Best Fork Forward

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It's time for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' annual National Nutrition Month celebration, and the theme for 2017 is "Put Your Best Fork Forward;' reminding us that using this tool wisely and concisely can yield some positive changes to our health and habits.

One small change at a time, like actively choosing what is picked up by our fork and put into our mouths, can lead to larger, more meaningful and positive changes over time.

It's time to STOP going 'on a diet' and start thinking about your diet as overall choices you make for your health at every meal, every day. What does that look like and consist of? What can you do to incorporate more goodness into your diet? Do you know what foods are healthy, nutritious, and beneficial for you in your current state of health? The majority of my patients and clients need more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, plant-based proteins, and water. When you incorporate these changes according to your individual needs (as advised by your registered dietitian nutritionist (RON) and physician), the changes begin to happen almost immediately-more energy, weight management (loss or gain), blood glucose control, better systemic functions, more sound sleep, less stress, radiant skin, and so much more ... things you may not even be able to see or tangibly measure but can feel.

Is there something in your diet that is in excess? Something that if you do not get larger portions of, you feel slighted or crave? Soft drinks, candy, chocolate, alcohol, pies/cakes/cookies, meat, fried foods, chips/crackers, ice cream? Is there room for improvements and increased opportunity to include more fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables, fermented foods (such as kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi), healthy fats (avocadoes, olives, hummus, plant oils), beans, legumes, or lenti ls? Have you thought about doing a meatless Monday or taking it all the way to a plant-based diet? What changes could you make today that would influence a better tomorrow for you (as well as the planet, the animals)?

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