Changing your diet | Slow and steady wins the race

March is National Nutrition Month! Have you been thinking of making a change in your meals and snacks but haven’t gotten around to it? When making changes, it can be hard to know where to start. Other times, there can be a long list of things you want to change. Remember, slow and steady wins the race.

How can you make a change? Choose one thing to improve on and set a realistic and specific goal. For example, eat ½ cup of vegetables as a snack 3 days a week. Include nutritious foods that you enjoy so that you are more likely to accomplish your goal. To keep your goal exciting: include a variety of foods, try new recipes and try adding a mix of herbs and spices for different flavors. Once you are steadily meeting your goal, build on it.

If you’re not sure where to start, think of a typical meal you eat and compare it to MyPlate—How many food groups did it include? Did fruits and vegetables make up half the plate? Are over half your grains whole grain? Are there any changes you want to make for the future? Start now! Write down a goal and stick to it. Share your goal with friends, family, or coworkers, they may have suggestions or may want to follow the goal with you.

The WIC Program (Women, Infants, and Children) offers EBT benefits for whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and more. Call Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers WIC Program (414) 643-7554 to see if you qualify and to set up an appointment.

By Paige Nelson, WIC Dietetic Intern from Mount Mary University


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