31 Simple Ways to Improve Your Health for National Nutrition Month

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March is National Nutrition Month, which means there are 31 days to make simple choices and changes that could drastically improve your health and make you feel your best. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests focusing more on making better food choices and working on developing sound eating and physical activity habits and below are 31 tips and suggestions on how to make the most of out of National Nutrition Month!

Week 1: Eat a Variety of Different Foods Each Day

1. Eat foods from all the food groups

2. Stay hydrated throughout the day and use a refillable water bottle

3. Learn the ins and outs of food labels and Nutrition Facts Panels

4. Incorporate portion control at mealtime, use a portion control plate, or food storage containers to help control how much you consume

5. Slow down when eating and enjoy your meals (chew each bite 20 or more times, eat at a table not in front of the TV, put your utensils down between each bite)

Week 2: Plans Your Meals Each Week

6. Make a grocery list before getting to the store to shop making sure to include healthy foods on your list

7. When eating out read the menu ahead of time and make informed choices

8. Make meals from healthy recipes and get even more tasty and healthy recipes from The Doctors, including these 3 easy and healthy dinners that can be prepped ahead of time

9. Make sure to eat healthy while at work and school and use an insulated reusable lunch bag to store your food

10, Try to eat healthy while traveling with nutritious to-go sized snacks likes nuts and protein bars

Week 3: Improve Your Cooking Skills to Make Tasty and Healthy Meals

11. Stock up on healthy ingredients for your kitchen, including fresh fruits and vegetables and spices for meals

12. Make sure to practice proper food safety at home and replace your old cutting board and old pots and pans and make sure you properly clean your food prep area with food-safe cleaning products

13. Eat your meals with your family or others if possible

14. Cut down your food waste and invest in new food-saving items that can help you enjoy leftovers

15. Try new foods and flavors

16. Get a new type of cookbook with healthy food options to help shake up your eating habits

Week 4: Consult with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist

17. Speak with your doctor about getting a referral for registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN)

18. Get personalized nutrition advice in order to meet your goals

19. Meet an RDN in a variety of places in your community

20. Work with an RDN who can best meet your nutrition needs and goals

21. Track the progress you have made during the month with a fitness tracker or smartwatch

All-Month Ways to Improve Your Health with Food and Exercise: 

22. Invest in new products for your kitchen that will help you cook healthier meals, like an air fryer, blender, slow cooker or pressure cooker

23. Consider adding a supplement or daily vitamin (if approved by your healthcare provider) to your daily routine

24. Incorporate more fiber into your meals and food. Try adding chia and flax seeds to your breakfast yogurt or salads

25. Cook with your kids to help them learn about the value of eating healthy at an early age

26. Start a new exercise routine and learn about workout ideas that fit any schedule

27. Better fuel your workouts with quality carbohydrates and protein-rich foods like hardboiled eggs, whole-grain toast and 100-percent fruit juice, oatmeal with berries and fat-free milk or milk alternatives

28. Workout with a friend or partner, which can inspire you to keep at it and have more fun

29. Learn how to best cool down after you exercise

30. Get help from others with similar goals, for instance, consider joining #TheDoctors Weight Loss Support Group, a place to interact with a community of people looking to lose weight or maintain their current weight

31. And remember, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics notes, "Good nutrition doesn't have to be restrictive or overwhelming. Small goals and changes can have a cumulative healthful effect, and every little bit (or bite!) of nutrition is a step in the right direction"

The Doctors wish everyone a happy and healthy National Nutrition Month!

 

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