Florida Hospital January Wellness Tip

Did you know that the surgeon general’s report on nutrition reported that 8 out of 10 leading causes of death in the United States have a nutritional or alcohol-related component? And science is constantly confirming this. Research now finds that eating certain foods—fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and plant proteins—can add quality years to your life.

Here are three practical steps to ensure your Nutrition success:

Maximize—Plant foods by choosing whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and nuts. Don’t constantly eat the same things. Maximize variety, color and taste by experimenting with different cooking styles and flavors so you don’t get burnt out. Enjoy your food—without this, the changes won’t last.

Moderate— The amount of food you eat. Eat until you feel comfortably full and not until you are stuffed. Pay attention to your serving sizes and consider smaller, more frequent meals. Could you have five smaller meals a day instead of three larger ones? It might be worth a try. Using the food pyramid as a guide is helpful. And moderate any stress when eating—eating should be a blessing and a pleasure.

Minimize—Minimize refined sugars, starchy carbohydrates, sugar substitutes, and processed and fast foods. All of these foods are saturated fats. Also, minimize the amount of salt you use. Taste your food before you shake the salt to see if it really needs any.

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