March is National Nutrition Month. At Edmond Norman Foot & Ankle we know that eating right is tremendously beneficial for your feet. Studies have shown that obesity and excess weight are strongly correlated to foot pain and disability. Being overweight is a contributory cause and a factor in the severity of several foot conditions, including:
In addition, if your weight is causing discomfort in your feet, your feet are less likely to be able to help you be active—a primary weapon in the fight for fitness.
Small Changes-Big Results
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics wants you to know that eating right doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are a few tips to help you make positive changes in your diet that can help you lose weight and increase your health by taking in foods packed with nutrients instead of empty calories:
Custom design your plate—let fruits and vegetables fill the biggest part of your plate. Add lean protein (poultry, beans, eggs, fish, nuts) and whole grains to round it out.
Keep it interesting—by choosing a variety of fruits and vegetables on a weekly basis you’ll have a greater chance of getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Focus on color: you want to have a rainbow of produce, green, red, orange, purple, on your menus.
Put dairy on a diet—we depend on milk, yogurt and cheese for calcium and other nutrients. Choosing low-fat varieties will give all the benefits with many fewer calories.
ID your fats—trans and saturated fats are the ones you want to avoid or severely limit in quantity. Look for mono- or polyunsaturated ones instead.
Make the most of calories—100 calories of broccoli and 100 calories of cookies may both have the same calorie count but the way they affect your body is very different. Sugars turn to fats and leave you sluggish. Broccoli has fiber and antioxidants that help fight disease and give your body healthy energy.