This March, your FFC Registered Dietitians Nutritionists (RDNs) encourage you to celebrate National Nutrition Month®–an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that focuses attention on healthy eating. The theme this year is ‘Eat Right, Bite by Bite.’
March also happens to be the month when New Year’s resolutions start to fall out of favor. So it’s a great month to refocus on healthier habits. Not sure where to start? Try to focus on making more informed food choices while also developing sound eating and physical activity habits. Here are a couple more helpful tips:
1. Vary your diet: eat a variety of nutritious foods every day.
Just like you wouldn’t do the same workout day in and day out, you don’t want to eat the same exact thing every day. Different foods provide different nutrients and our bodies need a wide variety of foods to meet our nutritional requirements. This includes lots of colorful fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains.
2. Meal planning: enjoy healthy eating at school, work and home.
A little bit of planning can go a long way in ensuring you eat healthfully at work, school or home. It can also ease work week stress. Set aside time to plan meals for the week and grocery shop. You’ll thank yourself when the craziness of the work week builds up. Have a handful of go-to recipes that you can rely on in a pinch. Looking for recipe inspiration? Check out the winter recipe book our RDNs pull together each quarter.
3. Cook and prep: create tasty meals to share and enjoy.
Once you’ve made a plan for the week, doing some meal prep will help ensure you stick to your plan. It doesn’t have to mean an entire day in the kitchen. It can be as simple as washing and chopping up some veggies so they are ready to eat when you need them. Or batch cooking your grains/starches (pasta, potatoes, rice, etc.) for the week. You can even portion out snacks into smaller containers so they are grab-and-go friendly. What’s more – a little bit of meal prep when you have the time frees you up so you have more time for more important activities during the week – like game night or relaxing with a good book. It doesn’t have to take a ton of time either.
4. Visit your FFC RDN.
Why? You’ll receive personalized nutrition advice to help meet your goals. FFC RDNs can help translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. We use our nutrition expertise to help you make personalized and positive lifestyle changes. Nutrition is not one size fits all, and we use an individualized approach to ensure success. Interested in learning more? Contact your RDN today!
Remember–good nutrition doesn’t have to be restrictive or overwhelming. Small goals and changes can have a cumulative healthful effect, and every little bit (or bite) of nutrition is a step in the right direction.