March is National Nutrition Month. Dr. Meryl Held, board certified internal medicine physician and medical director of Medical Weight Loss Clinic, has tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle and even shed some winter pounds.
Here are her top tips:
Survey your diet: Spend a few days keeping a food journal. Know where your areas of success and struggle are. Are you consistent with breakfast or do you skip breakfast? Is breakfast mostly high sugar processed carbs or is it well balanced? Are most of your calories consumed in the evening? Knowing where you start helps to navigate where you need to go for improved health.
Add more vegetables: When most people consider "diet" they think of eliminating the treats and sweets. Instead of thinking of what you need to give up, consider instead what you can add. Add nutrition by making sure you have 1-2 servings of vegetables with each meal.
Eat your fruits, don't drink them: Drinking fruit juice has been shown to increase your risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 21 percent. Fruit juice is basically sugar water. When you substitute an orange for some OJ, you have the added benefit of the fiber in the fruit. This fiber will help stabilize your blood sugar and avoid those sugar spikes you can get with fruit juice. If you stick with water, you also will avoid those empty calories that pack on the pounds.