March is National Nutrition Month, and this year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics chose the theme “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.”
This month and every month here after:
- Get back to the basics of healthy eating
Eating healthy does not need to be complicated, there is no secret formula. This month, make it a goal to get back to the basics. Vegetables. Fruits. Whole grains. Healthy fats. Quality protein. It is that simple. Find more guidance on characteristics of a healthy diet here.
- Consume fewer calories
Eating more plant foods is a great way to reduce your caloric intake. Plant foods are nutrient dense, therefore you get more bang (and protective nutrients) for your buck. Plant foods are also high in fiber, which makes you feel full early, therefore you consume less calories. Click here for a variety of plant-based recipes.
- Make informed food choices
In today’s society, making informed food choices is difficult. The amount of nutritional advice, articles, and opposing opinions leaves most of us overwhelmed. Luckily, there are many resources out there to help you make informed food choices.
Start by reading this article by Duke University: How to Make Informed Food Choices
Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website for a load of information and resources: eatright.org
Contact a trained dietician to help you reach your goals: Find a dietician in your area
Check out my favorite reliable resources here.
- Get daily exercise
Make it a goal to get up and move at least 30 minutes per day. If you work in a sedentary workplace, get up and stand for 5-10 minutes throughout your day. For help reaching your fitness goals, check out Elluminate Wellness.
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