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How Can I Make My Diet Healthier?

March is known as National Nutrition Month. We all know that we should eat healthier, but many of us have a hard time knowing where to start.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Chelmsford want to offer you tips on how you can make your diet a healthier one during this month—and beyond.

Why Is Mindful Eating Important?

When you sit down to a meal, how many times do you just mindlessly eat? You probably don't think twice about it, as it is just an automatic reflex to put food in your mouth.

But there is an abundance of research out there that shows that eating on auto-pilot can be dangerous to your health. It's important to instead slow down and be thoughtful about each bite, which can help you limit overeating and promote good digestion.

Effects of Eating Too Fast

  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Gastritis
  • Choking

Why Should I Eat Whole Grains?

Bread is not the enemy! But it is one area of your diet where a simple substitution can make a huge difference. Choose whole-grain bread instead of white bread, as it has been shown to be a good source of vitamin B, fiber and minerals like iron and magnesium.

In addition, many people find that whole-grain breads actually taste a lot better than refined bread! Along with whole-grain breads, you might also want to consider switching to brown rice and whole-grain pasta, too, in order to enjoy your favorite foods without the refined sugar.

Other Good Food Sources of Vitamin B

  • Meat
  • Eggs and dairy products
  • Legumes
  • ​Seeds and nuts
  • Dark, leafy vegetables
  • Fruits

When was the last time you had your blood glucose and cholesterol levels checked? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Chelmsford today. No appointment is necessary!