5 Dietitians on the One Nutrition Tweak You Should Make

From TIME - March 1, 2018

For many people, eating better is an intimidating and abstract concept. What counts as healthy? Is calorie counting necessary? Is all junk food off limits?

This confusion is familiar to many people, but improving your nutrition doesnt always have to mean a diet overhaul. In fact, sometimes small changes can make the biggest impact. In honor of National Nutrition Month this March, TIME asked registered dietitians for five quick and easy diet resets that will put you on the path to better health.

Embrace fat.

Most people think all fats can negatively impact health. But in reality, unsaturated fatsmonounsaturated and polyunsaturated, i.e. omega-3 fatty acidsare known as the good fats and have been shown to reduce inflammation and aid in heart health. Some great options to incorporate into your meals and snacks include nuts, seeds, avocados, fish (like salmon) and vegetable oils, like olive and canola.Stephanie Perruzza, registered dietitian and health and wellness specialist at KIND snacks

Eat more plants.

About 95% of Americans dont consume enough fiber. Veggies, fruits and whole grains are the best way to do this. Its often easier to focus on what we can add in versus take away, so this is a great way to shift the mindset and focus on something positive. People should ultimately aim for seven to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. That may seem like a lot, but its actually very doable if you are including vegetables and fruits at each meal.Mascha Davis, Los Angeles-based registered dietitian

Dont cut out carbs.

Sit down when you eat.

Listen to your body.


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