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HEALTHY EATING FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE
Healthy eating is one of the most effective ways to improve your health, but what does eating healthy mean for you? Different lifestyles mean varying nutritional needs, and understanding how to best fuel your body is an important first step to good nutrition. March is National Nutrition Month™ and Navy Nutrition Month. This year’s theme is “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.” Take a moment to think about how your lifestyle impacts your diet.
Nutrition for Active Living
Athletes and active individuals have different nutrient and caloric needs than people who are moderately active or sedentary. Active individuals are those who participate in more than 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous cardiorespiratory exercise plus at least two days of strength training per week. Eating nutrient- and calorie-dense foods help active individuals:
Consider the nutrient and caloric value of the foods in your diet. Foods with high nutrient and caloric value include peanut or almond butter, whole grains, olive oil, nuts such as almonds and walnuts, seeds and avocados. Foods that are high in calories but have little nutritional value include fried foods, processed meats such as hot dogs or sausages, cookies and ice cream. Selecting foods that have high nutrient value can fuel your active lifestyle; learn more about sports nutrition and how it can enhance your performance from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the sponsoring organization for National Nutrition Month™. The Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling System (NOFFS) also offers an operational fueling guide and virtual meal builder.
Nutrition for Weight Management
A healthy, balanced diet is important regardless of your weight. Whether you are looking to lose weight or maintain your current weight, here are some tips to get you started:
Nutrition for Families and People with Busy Lifestyles
Busy lifestyles and picky eaters can make it tempting to grab what is easy and convenient instead of what is healthy. The key is to make the healthy option, the easy option. To help you maintain a healthy diet on the go, try:
Regardless of your goals or circumstances, there are basic tips everyone can follow to eat well and still enjoy meals:
For more information on weight management, performance nutrition, dietary supplements and more, visit the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center’s Healthy Eating website.
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