From the Dietitian

Food Talk: Healthy Diet, A Cornerstone to Healthy Lifestyle

A healthy diet is essential to a healthy lifestyle. However, the media delivers mixed messages about what a healthy diet is, so here are some tips from the nutrition experts at the American Dietetic Association:

1. Focus on fruits and veggies: Take a good look at your current diet and you’ll probably realize you’re not eating enough fruits or vegetables. Add a serving each day to one meal and increase it every few weeks. Adding more of these foods into your diet is important whether you buy frozen, fresh or organic.

2. Look locally: From farmer’s markets to community-supported agriculture, you have many options to find new, fresh foods in your area. This can be a great way to eat well and support your community at the same time.

3. Make calories count: Too often, people think of foods as good or bad and that only those on the “good foods” list are okay to eat. When you’re choosing between options, focus instead on the one with more of the vitamins and nutrients that you need. Sometimes, foods with fewer calories aren’t always the healthiest options.

4. Test your taste buds: A healthy eating plan emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat or fat-free dairy and includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans and nuts. Those are the basics, but within this wide range there are always opportunities to try new things and find new favorites. Expand your horizons. Try a fish you’ve never eaten before or find a new vegetable recipe. By testing yourself, you might find new healthy favorites to add to your regular grocery list.

5. Trick yourself with treats: A healthful diet doesn’t mean deprivation. If you have a sweet tooth, have fruit and yogurt for dessert. If you want a snack in the afternoon, have some trail mix or nuts. There is no reason to go hungry just because you’re making healthful changes.

March is National Nutrition Month, but you don’t have to wait to get started on healthy choices.

Information About the Dietitian:

Joann Augsburger-Jana, RD, LD is recognized as a leader in the field of community nutrition.

A native St. Louisan, Joann is a proud graduate of St. Elizabeth Academy and has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumna. She graduated from Fontbonne University with a major in general dietetics and Spanish. Joann completed her dietetic internship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. She served subsequently on the staff of Barnes Hospital and at St. Anthony’s Medical Center.

In 1978 she began a program as consultant dietitian for extended care communities. Today, as owner and president of Registered Dietitian Associates, Inc., Joann and her associates provide consultation to over 30 of the area’s premiere continuing care communities.

For her work in Dietetics and Health Care, Joann was recognized with the prestigious Founders’ Day Award from Fontbonne University.

Joann began working with Food Service Consultants in July 2009, and we welcome her expertise as our ever increasing emphasis on nutrition continues.

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