March is National Nutrition Month!
Are you looking to make some changes towards a healthier you? Than National Nutrition Month is the perfect time to do it! This month focuses on the importance of healthy eating, making informed food choices and creating long lasting fitness goals. Research shows that starting slow and making small changes is the most successful long-term strategy for healthy changes.
Here are just a few habits you can start with:
Eat breakfast – Have a nutritious breakfast to give your body the energy it needs to take on the day.
Make 1/2 your plate Fruits & Veggies – Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables your daily goal. Fruits & Veggies are filled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants & dietary fibre, which is essential for optimum health.
Watch Portion Sizes – Eating too much or too little of any of the major food groups can be bad for your health so it important to be conscious of portion sizes.
Drink Plenty of Water – Drinking enough water is crucial for the functionality of every system in our body. Experts commonly recommend eight 8-ounce glasses, which equals about 2 litres, or half a gallon a day.
Be Active –As a general goal, aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day
Eat Fish twice a week – Aim for at least 2 portions of fish every week, 1 of which should be an oily fish such as salmon or mackerel.
Eat Slowly – The benefits of eating slowly include better digestion, better hydration, easier weight loss or maintenance, & greater satisfaction with our meals.
Cook from home – Studies show that people who regularly eat home–cooked meals made with fresh ingredients tend to be healthier as they consume less sugar & processed foods, which can result in higher energy levels & better mental &physical health.
Choose Nutrient Dense Foods – Nutrient dense foods are those that are high in vitamins, minerals, fibre & antioxidants, which are not only good for your health but also low in calories. They include brightly coloured fruits & vegetables, fortified & fibre rich grains, & lean meats, beans, & nuts.
Reduce Added Sugars – Many people consume more sugar than they realize. It’s important to be aware of your sugar intake because added sugars contribute zero nutrients & added calories. Too much sugar can also lead to extra pounds &contribute to chronic illness.