March is National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month® and is celebrated by the Academy for Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) and many dietitians through the country. According to AND’s website: “The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.” This year’s focus is: Eat right every day, your way! Not everybody thrives on the same diet, not everyone enjoys the same foods, but with some dedication I do believe it is possible to enjoy your foods, but eat healthier too.

Many cultures recognize different foods as important and many carry healthy foods in their traditional diet. The Mediterranean diet has been prized for high amount of fruits, vegetables, nuts and unsaturated oils. Red meat is consumed in low amounts while fish, dairy and poultry are consumed in low to moderate amounts. The American Heart Association recommends this diet for heart health.

Several studies point to the Asian diet for protection against certain cancers, heart disease and other chronic diseases. This diet includes many dishes rich in vegetables, fruit, legumes and rice and only small amounts of dairy and meat and fat.

Especially in the Western World our way of life has changed. There is less physical exercise, and more sitting behind desks. Fruits and vegetables are lower in calories, but are nutrient dense. This means they contain a high amount of nutrients in comparison with their calorie content, and while legumes, grains and nuts are higher in calories, these also contain many essential vitamins and minerals. Take that as a guideline to adjust your choices in foods while enjoying the variety of your traditions, and do make time to stay active.

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Black Eyed Pea Soup

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January 1st, I am cleaning out the fridge. I find 2 sweet potatoes, several stalks of rainbow chard and leeks. I am thinking of a friend who brought me black eyed pea soup on New Years day, a few years … Continue reading

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Would You Like That With or Without Gluten?

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The first time I came in contact with somebody who couldn’t have gluten was when my daughter entered Kindergarten. There was this beautiful girl with long hair playing outside while her mom was talking to the teacher. The mom volunteered … Continue reading

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November: Diabetes Awareness Month

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With worldwide 347 million people having diabetes (source: World Health Organization or WHO) and 3.4 million people dying from consequences of high blood sugar alone in 2004; this disease becomes real. When taking into account that for example in the … Continue reading

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October: Vegetarian Awareness Month

October is Vegetarian Awareness Month. Why is this important? Many of us like meat, pork or poultry on our plate. But did you know that most of us eat too much protein? According to the USDA, in the year 2000 … Continue reading

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Keeping a Food Diary

Why would you keep a food diary? It is cumbersome, time consuming, easy to forget, and you can lie too… First of all: it tells you how often you are eating during the day. Are you a grazer, or do … Continue reading

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A New Beginning

After being a student, parent, partner all at the same time, I have opened my own business called; Adriani-Consulting and have graduated from CSU Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Dietetics. Still a parent and partner, things that I hope won’t change.

I plan on building a site with information about nutrition in a wide variety. Important is that this information is science based and current.

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