March is Nutrition Month

March 15, 2021 Joe Brady

With vaccines being delivered and hope on the horizon, it is still frustrating that we cannot yet jump back into normal life. With a few more months ahead of us of continuing to be careful, we at least can begin the reclaim our health if not our whole life yet.

Quarantine Weight Gain: 35.82% Gained Weight During Pandemic [19,903 Person Study]

Posted on 02 March, 2021 by Nicholas Rizzo

Key Findings

  • Globally, 35.82% of people reported they gained weight during the pandemic
  • Of those that gained weight, 71.25% gained more than 5lbs. 
  • The United States had the highest percentage of people gain weight (40.52%) during the pandemic 
  • The UK had the most respondents managing to lose weight (40.54%) during this pandemic, while the US had the least (27.71%). 
  • In comparison to men, women were 14.17% more likely to gain weight and 16.82% less likely to lose weight.

After a year of indulging in comfort foods to soothe our souls, our bodies are definitely showing the effects. Heading into springtime is a great time to focus again on diet, nutrition, and exercise.

More than two-thirds of adults and one-third of children in the United States are overweight or obese. Obesity or being overweight may increase the risk of many health problems, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers. If you’re pregnant, excess weight may lead to short- and long-term health problems for you and your child. Achieving a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet, and being physically active can help prevent these weight-related diseases.

Nutrient Density

Eating a healthy diet is really not all that complicated. The concept of nutrient density sums it up. The idea is to pack as much nutrition into a meal with as few calories as possible. In ancient Chinese medicine, they recommended two concepts to achieve this. The first was called “BI GU” or avoiding the five grains, these days known as reducing your carbs. Sugar, bread, cake, cookies are great comfort foods but are not very nutrient-dense. They contain too many carbs and calories for the paltry amount of nutrition.

The second concept is the “five colors and the five flavors”. Lots of colors and lots of flavors is a way of ensuring there is lots of nutrition in foods. When you see different colors and flavors in a dish you are seeing nutrition. Vitamins and minerals and color and flavor. That is why to this day in Chinese food you see lots of different vegetables and flavorful sauces in a single dish. In Chinese medicine, for a diet to be successful “the food must be delicious”.

As we head into springtime start reclaiming your life by first reclaiming your health. Start an adventure into healthy eating by researching new ways to reduce the empty calories in your diet and replacing the less healthy foods with healthy but flavorful nutrient-dense alternatives. Now that everyone is more experienced using the internet, go exploring. See if you can find new delicious recipes.

Here are 50 recipes from Good Housekeeping to get you started.