National Nutrition Month
The theme of this year's National Nutrition
Month is "Enjoy the Taste of Eating
The campaign, sponsored by the
American Dietetic Association, reminds
right doesn't have to be complicated. Use http://www.mypyramid.gov/
to develop a personalized plan for lifelong
nutrition advice is based on science. Before
adopting any changes to your diet, be sure the
information is based on
physical activity and a healthful diet is your
best recipe for managing weight and promoting
overall health and fitness.
nutrient-rich rather than "good" or "bad" foods.
The majority of your food choices should be
packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other
nutrients -- and lower in calories.
-Look at the big
picture: No single food or meal makes or breaks
a healthful diet. Your total diet is the most
important focus for healthful eating.
and store food properly to keep you and your
family safe from food-borne illness.
-Don't fall prey
to food myths and misinformation that may harm
rather than benefit your health.
Facts labels to get information that can help
you make smart food choices quickly and easily.
Pay attention to how many servings a package
says it includes.
healthful fats when making food choices. By
choosing polyunsaturated or monounsaturated
fats, you can keep your saturated fats, trans
fats and cholesterol
To get more facts on
nutrition or to locate a registered dietitian
for personalized nutrition counseling, visit the
ADA at eatright.org.
Driving a truck can
make healthy living a difficult challenge but
not impossible. A lack of
physical activity and fast food dining can add
up to a health risk at any age.
Healthy Fast Food Choices
Stick to these simple ground
- Eat a variety
of foods in moderate amounts.
- Use less salt
on your food. Carry seasonings (like Mrs. Dash)
in your cab so you
can add extra flavor without the extra
- Avoid foods
labeled jumbo, giant, and super-sized. Larger
Order a regular or junior portion
- Choose grilled
or broiled sandwiches with meats like lean roast
beef, turkey or chicken
- Request that
special sauces or added dressings be left off
your order, and
add lots of
veggies to the mix.
- Skip the
croissant or biscuit in favor of a bun, bread or
- Fill up at the
salad bar if available, but beware of thick,
- When eating
Mexican food, order bean burritos, soft tacos,
fajitas and other items
that are not fried. Chicken is better than beef,
especially with the addition
of lettuce, tomatoes and salsa. Limit refried
beans, and go easy on cheese,
sour cream, and guacamole. Watch out for fried
tortilla shells! A taco
salad can have more than 1,000
- Pizza can be a
good choice. Order thin crust pizza with veggie
start with a
salad, and limit yourself to one or two slices
these traps: fat-free muffins
with plenty of sugar, skinless fried
chicken contains a lot of fat,
Chinese food that is deep fried or high in