Focus on healthy eating with tips from Palmetto Health Tuomey

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Is there something you have wanted to change about the way you eat but have not made the time for it yet?

March is National Nutrition Month, and it is the perfect time to think about the small changes you can make to your eating habits to improve your overall health.

"The dictionary defines nutritious as being nourishing or healthful," said Scott Crosier, Palmetto Health Tuomey's dietitian specialist. "Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes are naturally packed with nutrition, making them the ideal foods to choose when deciding on positive lifestyle changes."

When eating to be healthy, it is important that your meals include a variety of your favorite healthy foods. A fun way to incorporate better choices is by cooking more meals at home instead of eating out. To complement your healthy eating choices, get moving.

These things will help you manage your weight and help create a healthy lifestyle for you and your family.

Here are tips to help you get started:

- Eat at least four servings of vegetables on at least five days of every week;

- Become a more mindful eater by eating away from distractions (TV, cell phone, laptop, etc.) for at least one meal per day;

- Observe Meatless Monday every Monday;

- Consume at least 20 grams of protein at breakfast to feel more satisfied until lunch time; and

- Commit to trying a new fruit or vegetable each week.