Individual and Family
“Eat Right, Bite by Bite.” That’s the positive message behind this year’s National Nutrition Month. Each March, the American Society for Nutrition invites the public to focus on the importance of making informed food choices and developing active habits. The theme this year highlights that quality nutrition isn’t restrictive. Instead, it’s all about the small changes we make and how it can have a cumulative effect on our health over time. Every health choice is a step in the right direction, so we put together six ways you can start small to build big health wins!
If you’re like 54% of Americans, then you incorporate coffee into your daily routine. To make your coffee healthier, try replacing artificial creamers with a teaspoon of honey or homemade cream. You can also substitute your regular dairy with almond milk or use unsweetened cocoa as a flavorful addition.
It seems like there’s always a box of something unhealthy within reach at home or in the office. And when a food craving kicks in, it can be tempting to dive into whatever’s closest. Stocking your pantry and desk with healthy snacks like nuts, dark chocolate, or popcorn can satisfy cravings in a pinch.
Many of us struggle to drink enough water during the day. What can help is building a routine where water fits naturally. Getting ready in the morning? Pour a glass of water and take sips in-between each morning activity. If you take medication or supplements, then try to drink an ample amount of water in-between or before each one.
Impulse decision making is at its worst when we’re hungry. But it also affects us when we don’t have clear goals to focus on. Writing a list helps you remember what you have at home, and what you are trying to achieve with your groceries.
Nutrition month isn’t all about food. Our mental and physical well-being plays a crucial role in our overall health. Start small by beginning your day 15 minutes earlier. What can you do in only 15 minutes? A lot! Meditation, stretching, and walking all provide benefits from a simple 5-10 minute session.
A good night’s sleep is vital to our overall health. However, it’s not very easy to find time to get the rest we need (especially if we’re getting up 15 minutes earlier than usual!). One way to feel more restful and fall asleep easier is to give our eyes a break and avoid technology with artificial light, like your phone and TV, at least an hour before bed.