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National Nutrition Month Brings Awareness to Healthier Living

Jaclyn Hughes

In 2015, we now are becoming very aware of how eating habits can control a large portion of your health, your metal state, and even your life expectancy; so with March being “National Nutrition Month”, it’s a great time to reflect on making positive choices. It’s sad to think there are millions of children in the United States alone that come home from school every day and toss some prepackaged meal into their microwave for dinner. Things weren’t always this way, and the busier adults have to be to keep afloat financially, the worse the eating habits become.

Hopefully you have heard of March being a focal point for nutrition as the tradition has been around for years since 1973. Each year it is launched with a different theme in an effort to get people to try for better health by making tiny changes, such as a small commitment of stepping up your nutrition for a few weeks in March. The theme for us as highlighted by the Detroit Free Press this month http://www.freep.com/story/life/food/recipes/2015/03/28/nutrition-month-healthy-eating/70516842/ is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” which essentially is just encouraging a well-balanced meal plan. It doesn’t have to be a militant regime either, try making these small steps toward a healthier you:

  1. Swap out snacks for the first few days to ease into your new nutrition plan. Ditch the fried potato chips and cookies for fresh fruit and low fat nuts.
  2. Take a careful look at the drinks that you consume on a regular basis. Most gain weight and stay heavy due to drinking several designer coffees loaded with calories, or so called “diet” drinks that really aren’t any better for you. Drink plenty of water and natural teas for a refreshing change, and you’ll notice you aren’t taking in nearly as many calories each day.
  3. Focus on a diet that is rich in proteins and low in starches. Everyone loves a great potato side dish or a macaroni salad at a picnic, but when you’re eating more of those than grilled fish or chicken, your body will start to show the effects of those habits.
  4. Moderation is absolutely vital when talking nutrition. When you try to deprive the body of a whole food group, it makes it tremendously hard on the dieter to stick with their program and they usually end up failing. If you want a piece of cake, have one. Just eat small portions of sweets along with your main food groups for a balanced diet.
  5. Most people that spice up their eating habits notice the difference in how their body feels after a week or so. Your energy level rises, your mental state is much clearer, and most attest to sleeping more peacefully as a result. Eating better is an all-around win-win for adults and children, so dive into March for your new nutrition plan!

Most people that spice up their eating habits notice the difference in how their body feels after a week or so. Your energy level rises, your mental state is much clearer, and most attest to sleeping more peacefully as a result. Eating better is an all-around win-win for adults and children, so dive into March for your new nutrition plan!

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