In honor of National Nutrition Month this March, the dietitians at NY Foundling want to make sure you have as many tools as possible to make healthy choices!
National Nutrition Month was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as an annual campaign to educate and inform people about the importance of eating well and being physically active. The best way to build a new routine is to start with small, attainable goals that you can build on over time. Here are some examples you could start today!
- Add 1 serving of fruits and vegetables to your daily diet this week. Add another one next week. After just one month, you could be meeting or exceeding the recommended 5-9 daily servings. Not only will you be getting a ton of nutrients that your body needs, but you’ll be so full of good stuff that you won’t be tempted by that pint of ice cream in the freezer!
- Drink up! Dehydration can cause issues like fatigue, headaches, and muscle cramps, and it can even be mistaken for hunger! Keeping a refillable water bottle with you at all times will help you remember to drink it. Don’t like the taste of water? Infuse it with fruit and/or herbs like mint or ginger to add flavor and you’ll find yourself wanting more!
- Go for a post-lunch stroll. Even just 15 minutes of walking after a meal will burn some of those calories, improve blood sugar and aid in digestion.
- Try something new and healthy this month. That superfood you keep hearing about but have been afraid to try? Take a chance! You might be surprised by how good healthy can taste!
For more up-to-date information and tips for nutrition and wellness, visit www.eatright.org.