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Savor the Flavor of Eating Right during National Nutrition Month®

March 16, 2016

Here’s a great idea ...”Food nourishes your body and provides necessary fuel to help you thrive and fight disease,” says registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson Kristen Gradney. “Food is also a source of pleasure and enjoyment.  ‘Savor the Flavor of Eating Right’ by taking time to enjoy healthy foods and all the happiness they bring to your life.”

In other words …National Nutrition Month® is a great time to encourage your family to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives.

How, when, why and where we eat are just as important as what we eat. Help your children develop healthy eating habits by making sure they enjoy the sight, sounds, smells, memories and interactions associated with healthy eating.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life …  Sharing food has always been an important part of social interactions. Research shows that family meals promote healthier eating and strengthen family relationships. Make family meals a priority and enjoy the tastes and traditions of favorite family foods.

Be mindful of what you are eating and take time to appreciate every eating experience. Today’s families are busy and all too often grab something quick to eat on the run.  When you do have time to sit down and eat together, encourage all family members to slow down and enjoy the flavor and texture of their food. Talk about how the food tastes and how it makes them feel. Eating slowly can also help prevent overeating because it gives your stomach time to tell your  brain that you are feeling full.

To find out more … about National Nutrition Month® and ways to help your family “Savor the Flavor Eating Right”, go to http://www.eatright.org/resources/for-parents. For more general information on healthy eating contact your county extension Family and Consumer Sciences agent or go to: http://www.uaex.edu/health-living/food-nutrition/youth/.

 

Rosemary Rodibaugh

 

Photo: www.eatright.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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