UNE Nutrition student gives tips for staying healthy during the winter

Nutrition tips to stay healthy through the cold winter months

February 01, 2018

The winter can be a difficult time for people to make healthy choices, but University of New England Nutrition student Aly LeBlanc and Assistant Clinical Professor Anne-Marie Davee say eating the right foods can help you to feel better and stay healthy during the coldest months of the year.

They were interviewed on NEWS CENTER Maine’s “207,” where they talked about what to eat, and how to eat, to feel better. LeBlanc recommended starting meals with raw vegetables or salad and eating slowly, because it takes the brain about 20 minutes to acknowledge fullness. She also recommended snacking on fruit. “Whole fruits are full of lots of nutrients, especially fiber, vitamin A and C and potassium and these nutrients are really good to keep you healthy in the winter time and to make sure you’re maintaining bodily fluids,” she said. “They’re also high in natural sugar so that’s going to help keep our energy up and curb those cravings we might get.”

Davee talked about the importance of eating foods that are high in vitamin D in the winter to make up for the lack of exposure to sunlight. She recommended eating seafood twice a week, and said some juices and milk are also fortified with vitamin D.

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