March is National Nutrition Month®: Put Your Best Fork Forward

Posted 3/7/2017 in Nutrition

This month, Regional Medical Center (RMC) is celebrating National Nutrition Month®. By sharing healthy nutrition tips around the hospital and on our social media pages, we are spreading the word to “Put Your Best Fork Forward” and focus on nutritious eating.

Stress is a big factor in weight control and maintenance. Below, the RMC Dietitians share 7 healthy ways to de-stress with food.

  1. Snack on a handful of nuts. They’re packed with magnesium, which aids in keeping cortisol (stress hormone) levels low.
  2. Savor some salmon. Omega-3 fatty acids help brain cells to function more collaboratively.
  3. Drink green tea. Green tea contains theanine, which increases the brain’s output of relaxation-inducing alpha waves.
  4. Eat leafy greens. Consider trying spinach, kale, and broccoli for folic acid, which aids in stress reduction.
  5. Drink a glass of cold water and then go outside. The water gets your blood moving and the air invigorates your endorphins.
  6. Indulge in dark chocolate: the most potent endorphin-producing food! Look for imported dark chocolate with a cocoa content of 70% of more.
  7. Enjoy complex carb foods. Foods like oats, brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat, and lentils raise serotonin levels, boosting your mood.

No matter what health concerns you have, RMC’s registered dietitians can work with you to put together a meal plan that takes into account your food preferences, level of physical activity, medical history, and lifestyle. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the RMC dietitian’s office at 563-927-7430.