Happy March Everyone!
Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? National Nutrition Month is a month long nutrition education campaign set aside but the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During this month RDs work harder than normal to have a series of different events not only for the general public but also for ourselves.
This year’s National Nutrition Month theme is “Bite Into A Healthy Lifestyle“. Sometimes when we think about nutrition and being healthy we focus on that long list of things we aren’t doing or should be doing. With this theme I think about all the bite size things we can do to get closer to having a healthy lifestyle.
Here are five ways you can “Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle”
1. Nature’s Candy!
I love to think of fruits as nature’s candy. Having a fruit for breakfast every morning is a great way to increase your daily fruit intake.
2. Good ol’ H2O!
Having a cup of water after every meal can help you reduce your intake of sugar-sweetened beverages like soda and juice. If you really want to get wild you can even put some fruit in your water and have flavored water!
3. Bag o’ Nuts
Try having a bag of unsalted nuts as a mid-afternoon snack instead of a bag of chips.
4. Portion control.
It is okay to have that cookie or ice cream for dessert. But everything in moderation. Try portioning a small amount of your guilty pleasure to prevent from overeating (try having three cookies or a small cup of ice cream).
5. Have fun!
There’s going to be a plethora of nutrition information flowing this month. Take this time to try something new! Experiment with cooking a new dish, a new herb or spice, or dining at a new place.
This National Nutrition Month is extra special for me because it is my first National Nutrition Month as a Registered Dietitian! I have so many activities lined up this month and can’t wait to share with you all. Here is what’s happening in March: festivals, workshops/presentations, Registered Dietitian Day, a new fruit of the month, and a cultural food experience.