Care Resource is encouraging you to “Personalize Your Plate” during National Nutrition Month
March is the National Nutrition Month. As our lives continue to be affected by the COVID-19 restrictions, this is an ideal time to pay closer attention to our nutrition. A well-balanced diet encourages the body’s immune system, supports quicker healing, and protects from illness.
According to Gloria Cabral, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), “Throughout this pandemic, eat in a healthy way that works for you. Whatever meal you make, make sure it includes vitamins, fiber, and protein. When you eat well, you’ll feel good, and that’s really important during these times.”
Care Resource is encouraging South Florida to “Personalize Your Plate” this National Nutrition Month. This is an inclusive movement that recognizes diverse body-types, personal preferences, and individual goals. Here are some of the habit adjustments they suggest to help get you started:
Indulge in healthy foods rather than comfort foods
In times of stress, many turn to comfort foods to ease the emotional load of circumstances. These foods are typically high in sugar, fat, and carbohydrates that hurt the body when consumed in excess. An easy fix is to replace those comfort foods with healthy options. You can also reach out to a friend or therapist to comfort you!
When lonely, bored, or sad people tend to spend extended time watching television. Television binging also typically includes the overconsumption of processed foods. Try to limit your television time, and you’ll find that you suddenly have more time for exercise, support groups, and hobbies that do not include overeating every day not just during National Nutrition Month!
Set a Meal Schedule
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many had to adjust routines and schedules. This often leads to the neglect of your body’s needs. Many forget to drink sufficient water or eat properly. Try to keep a schedule for yourself that is both practical and supports balanced eating. Whatever routine you choose, eat mindfully and run your plan by a nutritionist!
During National Nutrition Month take a more careful look into your nutrition! Registered Nutritionist, Gloria
Cabral, and primary care providers at Care Resource, are there to help community members establish a nutrition plan that works for them, improve their eating patterns, and start their journey to achieve overall wellness! This needs to be an everyday intention not just during National Nutrition Month.
Care Resource is a nonprofit organization and a Federally Qualified Health Center
(FQHC) with four locations in Midtown Miami, Little Havana, Miami Beach, and Fort Lauderdale.
The health center offers comprehensive health and support services for the health care needs of South Florida’s pediatric, adolescent, and adult populations. For more information, visit CareResource.org.