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Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right

Happy March! It’s my birthday month. It’s the month that brings a glimmer of spring. March brings spring training baseball (Go Tigers!). It also brings National Nutrition Month.

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Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right. That’s the theme for this year’s Nutrition Month. What does that mean?

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Enjoy. Food is meant to be enjoyed right? As a future dietitian, too often I am concerned with the calories, fat, carbohydrates in food. Is there enough fiber? Is it a superfood? Does it contain pesticides? BPA? Will it make me healthier? Stronger? Leaner? Sleepy? Energized? Too many questions can keep my mind away from enjoying food. Enjoying a meal with friends and family. Enjoying a hot dog at a baseball game. Enjoying steaming hot soup or a piece of pizza. Food is meant to be enjoyed, not scrutinized.

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Taste. I can’t always tell you what my food tastes like. Is it sweet? Can I pick out the spices in that salad? The tang from lime juice in that guacamole? I know I’m guilty of eating so fast my food is gone before I can blink. I remind myself to slow down. Taste the flavors in my food. What are the textures, temperatures and spices in this dinner?

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Eating Right. This is the hard part. Some of the tastiest foods I enjoy are the ones I feel guilty about. Why? Who makes me feel guilty? Food is meant to be enjoyed. It tastes good and it feels good to eat it. Missing out on something I enjoy is not what eating right is about. I  (try to) eat these occasional foods slowly, taste the flavors, share it with someone I love. I make these rare treats and they become special. Make them habit and they give me guilt, not enjoyment. The rest of the time? I eat right. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy, lean protein. I remind myself to taste these foods. What do fresh strawberries in the summer taste like? What do roasted vegetables in early fall smell like? How does steaming chili feel on a cold day? I remember it and look forward to it.

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This is how I enjoy the taste of eating right. Learn more at http://www.eatright.org/NNM 

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