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Spotlight on National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month® is here! This March, take a few minutes to review your family’s typical eating habits and consider whether a few simple changes could improve your loved ones’ wellness. If you’re looking for healthcare guidance, the clinic and hospital staff members of St. Lucie Medical Center are always available to help.

Consider speaking with a registered dietitian (RD).

Nutrition is a complicated area and eating well involves many more factors than just limiting calories. The latest fad diets and the nutritional misinformation readily available online only add to the confusion. The smart and safe way to make nutritional changes is to consult a registered dietitian. RDs and registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) have completed advanced training in this field. They can develop a complete nutritional plan that is customized to meet your unique needs, lifestyle and preferences. Anyone can consult an RD, but doing so is particularly important for people who have chronic medical conditions, food allergies or intolerances and special dietary restrictions, such as vegetarianism. RDs can even provide patients with a customized weight loss diet plan to promote safe, healthy weight loss.

Manage your intake of added sugars.

Whether or not you choose to consult an RD during National Nutrition Month®, it’s always a smart idea to scrutinize your intake of added sugars. Many foods naturally contain sugar, including milk and strawberries. These foods are still healthy because they offer nutrients your body needs, like calcium and vitamin C. Unfortunately, many children and adults get far too much sugar in the form of added sugars found in processed foods. Before buying a processed food product, check the label for corn syrup, dextrose, fructose and sucrose. These are all forms of added sugar. Here are a few simple ways to reduce your intake:

  • Choose low-sugar breakfast cereal.
  • Choose old-fashioned rolled oats instead of instant oatmeal packets.
  • Choose whole fruit instead of fruit juice.
  • Choose unsweetened yogurt and add some fresh fruit.

Include more vegetables in your daily meal plan.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends that adults eat at least two and a half cups of vegetables daily. It’s easy to meet this goal if you include veggies with most meals. Add tomatoes, onions or spinach to your omelet. Enjoy a veggie wrap with hummus for lunch. Smother a pizza with broccoli for dinner. These simple tricks are easy ways to support your wellness.

For comprehensive adult and pediatric-friendly care in Treasure Coast, your family can trust St. Lucie Medical Center. Our hospital and clinic provide a full range of preventive health screenings, diagnostic imaging scans and therapeutic interventions. Call a registered nurse at (772) 335-4000.

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