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Celebrating National Nutrition Month

“Let thy food be thy medicine.” -Hippocrates

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? Eating healthy isn't just about cutting calories, it's also an important part of living well. From boosting your immune system to fighting fatigue, making healthy food choices is one of the best things you do for your body!

Fueling up on nutritious whole foods is an easy way to stay strong and support a healthier lifestyle - studies show those who enjoy balanced diets are at lower risk from chronic diseases or infections.

So, what can you do to incorporate more nutrition into your daily routine? Start at home with a few of these simple suggestions!

  1. Commit to trying a new fruit or vegetable each week. If you typically eat the same fruits and vegetables day in and day out, why not use this month as an opportunity to branch out and try something new? There are thousands of different types of fruits and vegetables available, so there’s sure to be something that you’ll like. Not sure where to start? Check out your local farmer’s market or grocery store for inspiration.

  2. Include the whole family in meal planning so that everyone gets involved! People (especially kids) are more likely to try something new if they get to participate in the process. Take turns finding recipes and shopping for healthy ingredients.

  3. Give Meatless Mondays a try! Healthy non-meat options like beans, peas, and lentils are versatile plant-based protein sources that work in a variety of dishes.

  4. Spice things up! Try new herbs, spices, or flavors that you don’t typically include in your meals. You might be surprised at how many healthy dishes actually taste great when you incorporate new flavors.

  5. Rotate your recipes. Eating the same old thing every week gets old. Use Pinterest, food blogs, or google to get inspired! There are tons of online resources, so find something new to try!

  6. Choose food over supplements. While supplements may help fill in any gaps in vitamins and minerals, they’re not always effective. Research shows that certain supplements haven’t been tested to meet many purity and safety standards, making them unreliable sources of nutrition.

  7. Avoid eating out or buying pre-packaged meals. Avoiding fast food may seem obvious, but many people don’t realize how many calories are in the huge portions they get when they eat out at restaurants. Packing your own food gives you control over what goes into it, and how big the portion size is.

  8. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store. Most whole foods can be found along the perimeter of the store - things like meat, eggs, dairy, fruits, and vegetables. Once you head into the inner aisles, you’re more likely to find processed foods containing unnecessary additives and sugar.

National Nutrition Month is a great way to reset your mindset around food and establish new, healthier habits. Many people notice a difference in their energy levels, their bodies, and their overall well-being once they start incorporating a variety of whole foods into their diets. If you’re struggling to get started, a dietician or nutritionist may be a good option for you. They can help you establish healthy eating goals, and work with you to develop a realistic meal plan that works for your lifestyle.

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