By: Caylie Guinn, Little Red Door Cancer Agency Health Educator, AmeriCorps Public Ally
Go Further with Food: National Nutrition Month
Proper nutrition can often be a confusing part of a healthy lifestyle. With so many options in the grocery store, it’s hard to know exactly what foods are good for you. Luckily, March is National Nutrition Month and with it comes a host of resources for making your nutrition a little easier.
Sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this year hosts the theme “Go Further with Food.” Not only is food choice important for your health, it can also be incredibly important for the economy and the environment. Food waste is on the rise in the U.S., yet it’s something that could be easily tackled with a little education. Making even small changes when buying and storing food, and understanding dietary needs can help make our health and our wallets a lot happier. Below are some tips to help make these changes easier:
Cooking your own meals allows you to choose exactly the ingredients for your specific needs and tastes. Cooking at home can also help manage portion control and reduce waste, as it is often much easier to manage portions or save leftovers from your own kitchen. Plus, it can be fun to experiment, learn new skills, and socialize with loved ones.
- Shop Small
Shopping local is a fantastic way to add healthy foods to your diet while contributing to the local economy and natural resources. When possible, visit a local farmer’s market, such as those found here in Indy. If farmer’s markets aren’t available, look for locally made items at your grocery store.
Knowing exactly what you plan to purchase can help reduce excess spending when visiting the grocery store. The less time you can spend at the store, the better! Longer grocery trips can lead to impulsive purchasing, decreasing the nutritional value and increasing both the money you are spending and the likelihood of food waste.
Eating well is essential for any lifestyle, but did you know that the foods you choose can help reduce your risk of cancer? That’s right! Go further with food by choosing foods rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly antioxidant rich foods, as these can help fight some of the cancer-causing factors we face on a daily basis. Plus, by choosing to eat right, long-term medical costs can be decreased, helping you go further financially.
Join Little Red Door Cancer Agency for our monthly cooking demonstrations and learn how to choose and prepare wholesome, inexpensive meals. And if you or someone you love is on a journey with cancer, our Door to Wellness activities are available to help maintain lifelong wellness. At Little Red Door, we strive to make the most of life and the least of cancer.