March is National Nutrition Month
In that spirit, we at the Tamworth Community Nurse Association (TCNA), thought it would be fun to look at some nutrition topics. During the month of March, we’ll build on an article by Yoni Freedhoff, MD, How to Be Healthy, in Just 48 Words.
“...after practicing family medicine for 16 years, with a focus on nutrition and obesity, I’ve learned that the keys to good health are quite simple to describe. In fact, I believe the best health advice can be boiled down to 48 words.”1
Here are the doctor’s 48 words, as he says, “In no particular order”. We’ll expand on the words that relate to nutrition (marked with an asterisk) in upcoming articles.
Don’t smoke (2).
Get vaccinated (4).
Cultivate relationships (28).
Nurture sleep (30).
Exercise as often as you can enjoy (42).
WATCH OUT FOR TRANS FATS
What? You thought trans fats were banned from all foods? A loophole in labeling laws allows manufacturers to claim “no trans fats” if the food contain less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per serving. So….read labels and avoid foods with any partially hydrogenated fat.
CHOOSE FOODS WITH UNSATURATED FATS
Don’t worry so much about how much total fat you consume. It may be more important to be sure you choose heart-healthy unsaturated fats (like olive oil, avocado, nuts and nut oils, most fish). And get as little fat as possible—none is good! — from red meat and dairy fats.
Tamworth Community Nurse Association
Author: Maureen McCarthy Diamond is a retired Registered Dietitian. She spent most of her professional life working with people with end-stage kidney disease. A year ago, she joined the Board of Tamworth Community Nurse Association.