March is National Nutrition month, and theme is Put Your Best Fork Forward. The main focus is to make informed food choices and develop sound eating and physical activity habits. This is the time to reevaluate your health goals if your resolutions haven’t kicked in yet. Put into play the following tips to create a healthier you.
Eat More Plants
Choose to eat more plants at every meal. Plants contain fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. They also keep you full longer.
Read the Labels
Go for the five ingredient or less rule: the less ingredients the better. If you can’t pronounce, it don’t eat it! Also keep your sugar and sodium in check.
Get Enough Sleep
Don’t skimp on this. Aim for 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Try to keep your sleep schedule regular and routine.
Avoid Diet Gimmicks
Liquid diets or eliminating a particular food group should be avoided. Don’t diet, just eat healthy, clean, and smart.
Don’t Forget Breakfast
Start the day fueled up. Oatmeal with nuts and berries is a great way to start the day.
Stop When You Feel Full
Use portion control. The amount you eat is just as important as what you eat.
Let Go of Excuses
Don’t find excuses to not get healthy. You have to do the work if you want to see the changes.
Snack on a handful of nuts or other lean protein. Enjoy a piece of fruit or vegetables over processed foods.
Try New Things
Add a variety of healthy foods. Try quinoa, dragon fruit, or veggie noodles. They may just become your new favorite.
Drink Water Regularly
The body needs water throughout the day. Skip sugary drinks, and pick water whenever possible.
Adding seafood at least twice a week adds a range of nutrients including omega-3 essential fatty acids.
Get Out, Get Active
Find activities you enjoy. Try to be physically active each day. A healthy diet and fitness go hand in hand.
Opt to cook more and eat out less. Experiment with new, healthier ingredients. Home cooking saves money and is more nutritious. It helps you become food literate.
Lisa Mullin is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist whose passion is helping others eat for optimal health, weight, and wellness. Contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org or Like & Follow her Health and Wellness page on Facebook that shares nutrition, fitness, and health tips, as well as nutritious recipes at Facebook.com/lbmullin1.