March is National Nutrition Month & the theme for 2015 is Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle. You can achieve a healthier lifestyle if you take small steps, or ‘bites’, one day at a time. Look at a ‘bite’ as a small change with daily commitments that lead to a greater cause….meaning making better choices which will improve your overall health. With a positive attitude, one can accomplish darn near anything, & over time these small, steady changes lead to big rewards! Remember to create a healthy body, you must have a healthy mind!!!
So, I challenge you to start taking small steps, or ‘bites’ toward your “optimal self.”
- Eat 2-5 servings of fruits/vegetables per day, 5 days a week.
- Reduce sodium intake by reading food labels. Look for items that contain less than 20% of the daily value for sodium per serving.
- Reduce red meat consumption to 2-3 times per week.
- Eat more whole grains by consuming at least 3 servings of whole grain products per day, 5 days a week (1 serving is equivalent to 1 slice of 100% whole wheat bread, 1 cup of ready-to-eat-cereal, or ½ cup of cooked brown rice, whole grain pasta or cooked cereal)
- Drink plenty of water…………..a minimum of 8 8-oz glasses each day
- Use one of the fitness apps (myfitnesspal or myplate) to track your activity.
Here’s to your health!
National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Learn more about the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.