March is National Nutrition Month

Ok, it’s March.  How many of you had a New Year’s Resolution to eat better, get in shape and lose weight?  Well, ask yourself, how am I doing with that??  If you answered “not so well” or made up an excuse, now’s your time to turn it all around.

March is National Nutrition Month (NNM)!  So what is National Nutrition Month?? National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign sponsored annually by the American Dietetic Association. The campaign is designed to focus attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. NNM also promotes ADA and its members to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically based food and nutrition information.  That’s right, it’s a whole month dedicated to getting on the right track and eating better.

So what can you do to eat better and get healthy?

  • Challenge Yourself to Eat right with Color. This means you should eat a variety of foods that cover all colors of the rainbow.  Make it a goal to try a new veggie or fruit every day of March.  If you can’t think of enough veggies to try, follow the list below for the month:
  1. Asparagus
  2. Banana
  3. Carrots
  4. Apples
  5. Yellow Squash
  6. Pears
  7. Green Beans
  8. Avacado
  9. Eggplant
  10. Artichokes
  11. Potatos
  12. Plums
  13. Corn
  14. Grapes
  15. Peas
  16. Broccoli
  17. Grapefruit
  18. Cauliflower
  19. Orange
  20. Yellow Peppers
  21. Yam
  22. Strawberries
  23. Lemons
  24. Spinach
  25. Onions
  26. Olives (Black, Green and Kalamata)
  27. Tomatos
  28. Radishs
  29. Lettuce
  30. Sweet Potato
  31. Beets
  • Meet with a dietitian. Discuss your current health status and see what easy things you can do now to start getting healthier.  Some easy things you can look at are: switch from drinking regular pop to diet pop, use fat-free versions of things like sour cream, cottage cheese, cheese, etc.
  • Keep a food journal. Believe it or not, but keeping a food journal can really help you see what you have eaten throughout the day and also helps you see where you can make better choices.
  • Recruit an accountablity buddy. This could be a friend, coworker or family member that can help you keep on track.  Start off by meeting with your accountability buddy and discuss what your goals are, some checkpoints along the way that you would like to reach and your motivation for doing this.  This way they can help you stay motivated on and track with your goals of getting healthier.

Remember, everyone is different.  So goals that someone you know might have, may not be what your goals should be.  Make your goals realistic and achievable and readjust your goals as you go along.  Any way that you choose to get healthier, have fun at it!

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