March is National Nutrition Month®. So as you get ready to do a little spring cleaning around the house, let’s do the same thing for your diet.
Of course there’s no “one-size-fits-all” diet, and the changes you want/need to make should be specific to your body and what makes you feel your best. So whether it’s going vegan, keto, or low carb, this month-long “eating clean” initiative has one aim:
“[…to educate on] the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits,” according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
National Nutrition Month® Tips
Eat Right, Bite by Bite
The theme for 2020 is Eat Right, Bite by Bite.
That slogan is a good reminder that you don’t have to make huge changes overnight, or become consumed with restrictive eating plans that fill you with shame or regret over any misstep or misbite. Making small changes and setting attainable goals can lead you down a healthier path, bite by bite.
Simple Diet Changes = Long-Lasting Results
Add variety to your diet
- Eat a diverse menu of nutritious foods every day
- Include selections from all the food groups, focusing on natural, unprocessed foods
- Try one new food every week
- Drink plenty of water – anywhere from half a gallon to a gallon depending on your individual needs
Plan your meals
- Prepare healthy meals/snacks for home, work, school, etc.
- Make a calendar or schedule for your meals
- Use a grocery list while shopping to stay on track and minimize temptations
- Make healthy choices when dining out
Cook and Prep
- Learn a new style of cooking/take a cooking class
- Incorporate different flavors and foods than you’re used to
- Keep your fridge and pantry stocked with healthful choices
- Don’t keep unhealthy foods or treats on hand
Visit a Registered Dietitian
- Schedule a consult with an RDN (registered dietitian nutritionist) for personalized nutrition advice to help you meet all your goals
- Get tested for any food allergies/sensitivities
Check out the National Nutrition Month® Toolkit for planning materials, games, and activities.