Published on March 07, 2016

Tips from Pella Regional: Savor the Flavor of Eating Right

PELLA, Iowa – For National Nutrition Month in March, experts at Pella Regional Health Center and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourage everyone to Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.

Making sure to enjoy the sights, sounds, memories and interactions associated with eating are essential to developing an overall healthy eating plan. This year’s theme of Savor the Flavor of Eating Right encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives.

"It’s a great reminder for everyone to develop a mindful eating pattern that includes nutritious and flavorful foods, while also taking the time to enjoy everything that a healthy, tasty meal brings with it," said Cathy Pollock, RD, LD, Education Dietitian at Pella Regional. “Take time to appreciate the flavors, textures and overall eating experience. Life gets so busy we often eat quickly and mindlessly. Instead, try this tip: eat slowly. Stop and take time between bites. Eating slowly not only allows you to enjoy your food, but it can also help you eat less by giving your stomach time to tell your brain that you are full."

The recently released 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting the amounts of added sugar, sodium and saturated fats that you eat. The majority of Americans follow a diet that is too high in these components. Consuming too many added sugars, sodium, and saturated fats day after day puts you at an increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic health conditions.

“During National Nutrition Month and beyond, make an effort to cut back on food and beverages high in added sugar, sodium and saturated fats. Take the time to find creative, healthy and nutritious ways to add flavor to food. Start meal planning and cooking more meals at home,” added Pollock.