National Nutrition Month

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - Even though the New Year’s resolutions have probably died down by now, experts are reminding people to live a healthy lifestyle.

March is National Nutrition Month. Nutritionist Jen Avis says this is a reminder to get back on track with a healthy lifestyle.

"What we eat, the nutrients we get, and the minerals we get build our immune system,” she explains. “How can you fight disease and how can you fight off viruses and things if your immune system is not working like it should?"

Avis says the key is having a colorful plate full of different foods like fruits, veggies, carbs, and protein.

She says the best way to control that is by cooking at home. Of course, with busy families these days, cooking at home every night isn't very easy and fast food is tempting. That's why she recommends meal prepping once a week so all the food is ready to go.

Avis says it's okay to do the drive-thru every once in a while, but not often. She says if a person establishes a taste for those bad foods at a young age, it could become a habit which will create bigger problems later in life.

"If you eat like that as a young person and you don’t change, you're destined to become diabetic in your late thirties, early forties. Those are diseases that should come in old age," she explains.

Avis says it's never too late to make a change. She says eating the right food is just the start though, and a big part of living a healthy lifestyle is getting active.