Every March, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) organizes National Nutrition Month. This theme this year is “Put Your Best Fork Forward”. This is is to remind us that every bite counts. There has been a lot of evidence to suggest that making small, daily dietary changes with our eating adds up to great success. At OCFM we like to encourage our clients to make one small change at a time and then once they have that change in place then work on a new one. Doing this for 21 days in a row is a great way to set the stage for change and also to help it be remembered in your sub-conscious. Small changes such as adding an extra serving of a fruit or vegetables to your meals is a great way to inch change into your daily eating plan. Another example would be to add more water to your day and less fruit juice, soda or calorie loaded coffee’s and smoothies. Often times when we start to work with a new client we find that they don’t drink enough water and water is very important. If you have a hard time drinking water than add some sliced lemons, limes, oranges, cucumbers and mint to your glass. Perhaps you could put your water in a pretty glass with a straw and lots of ice. This makes it really nice to look and and also very healthy, and gives it some natural flavor. Having a glass of water before your meals is a great way to fill up your stomach so you won’t eat as much. It’s also a great thing to do before you do out to eat or go to a party where you don’t know what the food options will be.
This year try something new instead of the old dieting. Diets are DEAD and implementing healthy habits are IN. Work in one healthy habit and remove a not so healthy habit one by one and you will be on your way to a healthier you and a healthier year.
To check out some great websites to help you with eating more color and more variety: go to www.eatright.org and www.choosemyplate.gov.
It isn’t hard to make changes you just have to start with one and then add on from there. Soon you will be feeling better and have more energy to do the things you love. You might even lose some weight, either way you moving in the right direction on day at a time.
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