RVNA Today: Healthy eating

Periodically, it’s a good idea to take stock of what you eat and how it fuels you each day.

Healthy eating plays a large role in your overall health and wellbeing, and for many of us, it doesn’t have to be complicated. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends eating three meals a day and planning those in advance. Your plate should be balanced with a variety of foods, half of the plate being fruits and vegetables, one-quarter lean meat, poultry or fish and one-quarter grains, preferably whole grains. You can add fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt or cheese.

Getting adequate fiber from fruits, vegetables, beans and whole grains can lower your risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes, in addition to helping you feel full longer. Watch your portion size, try using a smaller plate for that, and include nutritious snacks between meals if you need something to hold you over.

Guidelines recommend eating less of added sugars, sodium, refined grains and solid and trans fats. If you have special dietary needs, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist. RVNA has a registered dietitian on staff who can provide individual education and counseling and help you make healthy eating choices.

For more information, call 203 438-5555.

RVNA Today is a weekly column from the Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association, which serves Wilton.