by Donna Quirk, MBA RD LD
LMC Clinical Nutrition Manager
Although I am a Registered Dietitian, I am also a “foodie” who LOVES to eat. I know it can be challenging to plan meals, shop, and find time to prepare them. Not to mention working in variety, good-or-you foods, and flavor. And, let’s just say that some foods I like are, ahem, lacking in their nutritional benefits.
Everyone can make a few changes to improve their health through nutrition, even me and my family! So, here are some of the changes we made in the past couple years:
- We only have whole grain crackers, popcorn, almonds, and hummus in the house. Good bye to potato chips (yes, even baked or low-fat), pretzels, and sour cream based dips.
- We eat one to two meat-free meals a week. This adds beans, legumes, and vegetables to our diet and is budget friendly.
- I have prioritized and doubled the fruits and vegetables I eat. I buy seasonal or on sale fruits and vegetables to stay in budget.
- And finally, I will soon be planting our vegetable garden. Wish me luck and hope for good weather!
You, too, can make a commit today to eat better and feel better. March is National Nutrition Month®.
Nutrition Tips on a variety of topics are available to you at http://www.eatright.org/nutritiontipsheets/
Kimberly Wright Bradstreet was enjoying life as a young woman. She was a school teacher in Lexington County and about to become engaged to her long-time boyfriend. But then, she received a devastating diagnosis of colon cancer at age 27. Watch her story on WLTX here.
Support colon cancer screening by participating in Lexington Medical Center’s Colon Cancer Challenge on Saturday, March 24th at Dutch Fork High School. The event is a 65 and 25 mile bike ride, 8K run and 1 mile family fun run/walk. Proceeds benefit colonoscopies for patients who are uninsured. Learn more and register here.