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nnm2017How to achieve your healthy lifestyle goals this National Nutrition Month!

By Campbell Reiff

It’s March, and you know what that means – spring is here!  March is not only the month for the change in seasons, but is also National Nutrition Month!

This month, the Academy encourages you with this year’s theme to “Put your Best Fork Forward,” by making small, attainable yet healthy, changes – one fork at a time!

People often make big, radical changes in their lifestyle hoping for fast results.  Unfortunately, this usually doesn’t work, and people are back to their old eating habits in no time.  By making small changes at your own pace, you will gradually reach success in changing your food choices.  Make a goal for yourself to focus on one change at a time.  Once you reach that goal, give yourself a pat on the back!

Helpful tips to remember:

Each bite counts!

Every small change you make will add up, and will soon become the new norm for you.  Even the smallest of tweaks makes a difference.

Here are some ideas to help you get started:

  • Drink a glass of water with each meal
  • Pack a piece of fruit with your lunch
  • Find a new healthy recipe to cook this weekend
  • Add sliced fruit or cucumbers to your water for extra flavor
  • Hard boil a batch of eggs to have ready as handy snacks

Get Movin’!

National Nutrition Month is not just about eating well – it’s important to find ways to increase your daily physical activity, too!  The Academy recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous exercise each week to stay in good health.  This can be done by being active 30 minutes a day 5 times a week.  However, due to our busy lifestyles and schedules, it can often be hard to find those 30 minutes.  Here are some ideas to get you moving:

  • While on the phone with a friend, don’t keep still! Walk around the house – or block – to get moving.
  • Download a free exercise app on your phone
  • Check your local library or community center for any free workout classes
  • Go for a walk during your lunch break to clear your mind and relieve some stress
  • Watching TV? Get up and do jumping jacks when the ads come on!

Fill your fork with more nutritious foods!

Whether it is by adding another serving of vegetables to your day, or creating a new, nutritious midday snack, make sure your fork is filled with beautiful, delicious and healthy options!  No matter what change you want to start with, remember to Put Your Best Fork Forward to guide you in the right direction towards your healthy eating goals.

You are in control!

You are in charge of the choices you make.  Decide on one specific goal you want to work on, and take it slowly.  Figure out what will work best for you in order to achieve that goal, and take it day by day.  You hold the power – “the fork” – so take advantage of it!

Campbell Reiff is a Dietetic Intern at Simmons College.

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