Sentara Martha Jefferson HealthWise: National Nutrition Month

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- We're three months into the new year, and for some of us, it may be getting tough to stick to our new year's resolutions.

National Nutrition Month allows us to pay attention to what we're putting in our bodies and get us back on track.

Registered dietitian Elizabeth Pleasants says that being mindful of the foods you eat will have a noticeable impact on your day.

"What you put in your body is what fuels you and gives you your energy, or takes away your energy, for the day. So, of course, it's important to have good foods and eat those healthy items,” Pleasants said.

Those healthy items include incorporating more fruits, vegetables and whole foods into your meals and staying away from fried foods as much as possible.

Making small changes to what you eat can put you on a path to a healthier lifestyle and help you reach your goals.

"Everybody has a chance to improve. You can't ever have a perfect diet,” Pleasants said. “So, if you're at the bottom of the spectrum and you just need to make some small changes, pick one meal a week that you add an extra vegetable or fruit too."

Dieting can be a good way to motivate people into healthier eating, but in order to not fall back on old habits, it is important to think about how you can maintain your health after reaching your goals.

"You have to slowly introduce those foods back in and think about lifestyle and how to move forward with that and stay where you want to be," Pleasants said.

Sentara Martha Jefferson is offering a "Food for Thought" event on March 21 to inform the public on how to maintain a healthy diet.

For more information on the event and for more tips on nutrition, check the Related Links box.

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