March is National Nutrition Month!
March is National Nutrition Month! As a registered dietitian (RD) this means I get to celebrate my love for food and nutrition all month long. And there is an entire day in March dedicated just to RD’s!
I was especially excited about this year’s National Nutrition Month theme of “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day.” To me, this really highlights how RD’s should be encouraging individuals to lead their everyday lives. Eating right, your way, every day means you should be choosing foods that are healthy and foods you enjoy, on a daily basis.
It is important to try and eat a balanced diet, by including foods from all food groups: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat/fat-free dairy products, like milk, cheese and yogurt. Many people struggle with finding nutrient rich foods or meals they enjoy eating on a regular basis. Click here for some great recipes to help you get started.
Eating properly does not mean giving up your favorite foods. Including foods that you love in your diet may help you stick to your goals and will support a more balanced diet and life overall.
The other part of the equation for leading a healthy life is exercise. Again, being realistic with your exercise regimen will help you stick with your goals and make you more satisfied all around. make sure you are doing exercises that you enjoy, like hiking, playing with your kids, or taking the dog for a walk.
Stick with it! It takes about 21 days to form a habit, and by eating right your way, every day, those 21 days will be gone before you know it! By including more nutrient rich foods in your diet and exercising regularly, you’ve earned a little indulgence! I always encourage everything in moderation , and, if you’re like me, you love ice cream. While it’s not an “every day” snack, you can definitely treat yourself once in a while.
Eating right and getting enough exercise does not mean you have to give up the foods you love. With exercise and moderation in your food choices, you can enjoy your favorite foods on a regular basis!
Happy National Nutrition month and enjoy that ice cream, or cupcake, or cookie…
Here are three of UDIM’s registered dietitians enjoying a special birthday treat!