March is National Nutrition Month®, a decades old campaign championed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help promote the importance of nutrition and healthy choices.
As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, my goal is to help you learn how to fuel your body with science-based nutrition recommendations. Whether you have diabetes, kidney disease, GI issues, food allergies, weight to lose, weight to gain, or just a desire to improve your eating habits with a hectic lifestyle, I truly believe that nutrition counseling can make a difference. Even without one-on-one coaching, however, there are tons of tips to help you jump start the National Nutrition Month celebration:
- Begin your day with a healthy breakfast! That might not mean cooking a from-scratch veggie-filled omelet — and that’s ok. There are grab-and-go options like pre-made smoothies, whole wheat bread with peanut butter, protein bars in a pinch, instant oatmeal… there are tons of options, including lower-carb ideas.
- Try to make your meals match MyPlate, the USDA guideline for healthy eating. Make 1/2 your plate non-starchy vegetables and fruits, 1/4 lean protein, and 1/4 healthy starches.
- Dive into meal prepping by cooking in batches and bringing lunch to work or school if you find the cafeteria or lunch options too tempting.
- Start focusing on being mindful with your eating choices. Slow yourself down during meals; put the fork down between bites; pause before each food choice to see if you’re truly hungry. These little habits can make a big difference when it comes to combating emotional or impulsive eating.
If you’ve been considering visiting a Dietitian to help conquer your habits or learn more about a therapeutic diet for a specific condition, this is the time to do it! Take advantage of our National Nutrition Month promotion and sign up for your first visit.