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8 health and nutrition tips for 2018

Elizabeth Hall, Community Contributor • Jan 3, 2018 at 9:30 PM

Follow these tips for a happier and healthier you in 2018!

Break Out of Dieting Jail — 
Diets are temporary and are rarely effective for sustainable behavior change. This year, focus on adding healthy behaviors to your lifestyle such as eating more fruits and vegetables or exercising frequently.

Focus on Balance — Try not to put too much stock in fad diets that promote one food group over another. Instead, stay balanced. All food groups are important because they perform specific functions in the body.

Practice Mindfulness 
— We often eat quickly on the run or while watching TV, which takes not only the awareness, but some of the enjoyment out of meal times. As best you can, try to schedule at least 20 to 30 minutes for meals.

Eat Breakfast
 — When it comes to improving metabolism and energy, eating a balanced breakfast can give you that much needed jump-start to tackle the day or the new year.

Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables — 
Fruits and veggies are packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber plus antioxidants to support your immune system. The different colors mean different nutrients, so be sure to get a variety of colors each day.

Get to Know Food Labels
 — Food packages make a wide variety of claims. If you are trying to make a purchase decision based on nutrition, the best place to check would be the nutrition facts label, which is more tightly regulated and consistent.

Give Up the Guilt — Guilt is only a good thing when it motivates you to positive change, not if it gives you the chance to put yourself down. It is the same with food. Good nutrition is determined over time, not based on one day or meal.

Be Body-Positive
 — Obesity persists as a major health concern. It is common for conversations about weight to occur at home and often at the dinner table. This can be emotionally harmful, especially for children and teens who are still developing physically. It is more helpful to talk positively about the nutrients that food can provide to support the body.

Elizabeth Hall, MS, RDN, LDN
 Corporate/Retail Registered Dietitian
 Food City, K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.

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