Sunday, March 2, 2014

March: National Nutrition Month

March is national nutrition month, in case you haven't seen it all over Twitter and other health and fitness blogs.

Here's some things to know for National Nutrition Month:

1.  There is a National Nutrition Month Facebook page. Maybe you'd like to "like" them.

2. EatRight.org has a National Nutrition Month link on their homepage to games for kids and adults, links to books they recommend about nutritious eating, and handouts for adults and children with games and facts and tips on them. Go explore, there's lots to see and learn.

3. From the EatRight.org website: "The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits."
That is such a great mission.

4. National Nutrition Month is sponsored by the American Dietetic Association (ADA) and its foundation.

You can start March out with mapping out a vision of your lifelong health. How do you see yourself as you age? Are you active and healthy? What fixes do you need to make in your life to see you as that gracefully aged individual? Take some time to really think about this path. Choose a baby step for this week to swap out an unhealthy habit with a healthy one. Maybe you need to eat breakfast or maybe you need to walk for 30 minutes a day. If you already live a mostly healthy and active lifestyle, what can you do to maintain that lifestyle. Are there areas that you'd like to improve upon?

Since I'm asking you to divulge your baby step for the week, I'll share mine:
Taking more time to eat. Pausing between each and every bite and chewing thoroughly. I did this at dinner and was at the table at least 30 minutes after everyone was done and I couldn't finish my plate. Giving your stomach time to send the full signals to your brain is a good way to keep insulin in check, not eat when you are past full, and help keep out those extra calories if that is your goal. Feel free to copy!  

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