March is National Nutrition Month! Right when our healthy New Year s habit s begin to fade,
rolls around in March to remind you of those healthy eating habits. Pis Savor the Flavor of Eating Right, which is all about bringing back the enjoyment factor Pof mealtimes. It s important to remember that food isn t just food/energy/fuel P there s so many reasons why you eat the foods you eat, when you eat them, and how those foods make you feel. In a diet-filled world, it s so easy to forget that mealtime doesn t have to be about eating certain foods because you have to and that healthy eating can actually be enjoyable. This month s blog posts are going to focus on this year s National Nutrition Month theme, celebrating all the ways healthy eating can be enjoyable and fun. Here are someP easy ways develop healthy eating habits during National Nutrition Month, and to Savor the Flavor of Eating Right. Be more mindful during meals This tip goes back to the strategies outlined in last week s blog,P. Take a look at your meal times and see how many times you re eating with the TV on, while you re on your phone, texting, on the computer, reading a book or magazine the list goes on for the number of ways we are distracted while eating.
One showed that people who were distracted Pwith playing a computer game while they ate lunch ended up eating more, couldn t quite remember all the foods they had eaten and were less full than those who were not distracted during the meal. Take a break from your computer, book, and/or phone, get up out of that desk and enjoy your lunch without distractions. If you are eating on-the-go, make sure you have available, such as fruits, vegetables, mixed nuts, string cheese, hummus, Greek yogurt, sandwiches, etc. National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. \”Go Further with Food\” is the theme for 2018, and its importance is timely for many reasons.
Whether it\’s starting the day off right with a healthy breakfast or fueling before an athletic event, the foods you choose can make a real difference. Preparing your foods to go further, by planning meals and snacks in advance can also help to reduce food loss and waste. This year\’s theme for National Nutrition Month encourages us to achieve the numerous benefits healthy eating habits offer, but it also urges us to find ways to cut back on food waste. Learning how to manage food resources at home will help you \”Go Further with Food\”, while saving both nutrients and money. Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis. Consider the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store. Buy only the amount that can be eaten or frozen within a few days and plan ways to use leftovers later in the week. Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that s right for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
Continue to use good food safety practices. Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week. Realize the benefits of healthy eating by consulting with a registered dietitian nutritionist. RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs. Half Page Ads Web Banners NNM General Web Banners should include a link to: www. eatright. org/nnm NNM Product-based Web Banners should include a link to: https://www. jimcolemanstore. com/nnm press releases with your local media and through your blogs and websites. These releases must be re-purposed in their entirety and without altering the content in any way. We have recorded public service announcements for your use. They are available at three different recording lengths (30 seconds, 45 seconds, and 60 seconds), each with a version with and without music. In addition, a script for each recording length is available.