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Making Small Healthy Changes Everyday Can Make a Big Difference

March 24, 2017

March marks the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics National Nutrition Month. The month-long nutrition education and information campaign emphasizes the importance of making sound eating choices and a commitment to physical activity habits. Riverside Medical Clinic Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Sheila Clarke works with her patients to focus on small lifestyle choices involving diet and exercise in order to create big results in enhancing the health of her patients.

“Simple changes in what a patient eats can help to achieve overall health goals,”shares Sheila Clarke. “At Riverside Medical Clinic, we focus on simple lifestyle changes that are realistic and achievable for each individual.” Whether the change is taking a lunch a couple of times a week, or just using a smaller plate, over time, the changes make a big difference.

Improving overall health can be done by making small everyday changes including packing a healthy lunch, reading the nutrition labels on food products, increasing the number of vegetables in a daily diet and maintaining a clean diet with limited processed complex carbohydrates. The American Heart Association recommends a diet with a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy, skinless poultry, fish, legumes, nuts and non-tropical vegetable oils. Limiting saturated fat,trans fat, sodium, red meat, sugary foods and beverages is also recommended. While these are a solid baseline for creating a meal plan, every individual body is different and has individualized needs. Connecting with a specialist can help to create a customized plan.

“Simple changes in what a patient eats can help to achieve overall health goals.”

A regular exercise routine is also a critical part to living a healthy life. Exercising has been proven to benefit both physical and mental health. According to the American Psychological Association, exercising can benefit individuals battling with mental disorders and can help sustain mental activity later in life. Physical activity releases endorphins from the brain, which create a positive euphoric feeling. This feeling can help to fight off mental lows or depression.

March is a month to recognize healthy nutrition and exercise choices, but making the decision to maintain a healthy life can be recognized year round. Next time you are shopping for groceries or eating out, remember that what goes into our bodies now can impact us later. Make small changes to achieve big results. When you are feeling down, go for a walk outdoors or participate in an athletic activity.

For patients wanting to meet with a specialist about achieving their health goals contact Riverside Medical Clinic 951-782- 6236.

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