How to Shape Your Future During National Nutrition Month for a Healthy 2015
Can you even believe it is March already? How are those New Year’s Resolutions going? Were you one of the millions of people who made resolutions to get healthy, eat better, and get fit in 2015? I was. And I’ll admit, it’s been a challenge. I may be a nurse & talk about nutrition, health, & fitness often, but I still struggle with my own weight and health issues. However, I truly believe it is possible to fulfill our healthy resolutions, one step at a time, one day at a time. So when I was asked by SocialMoms and Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) to share tips for eating healthy for National Nutrition Month, I happily accepted!
The National Nutrition Month Campaign was established the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is observed in March, which is a great month for it! With Spring coming later this month, it’s the perfect time to take steps towards better health through proper nutrition and physical activity.
Living in Oklahoma, I’m acutely aware of the problem of obesity in our state. Unfortunately, over 30% of adult Oklahomans and more than 14% of Oklahoma’s adolescents are obese and at a much higher risk for serious health problems such as, heart disease, diabetes, strokes, certain cancers, and several other health issues. Helping Oklahomans get healthy and lower these risks is a big reason why Shape Your Future is participating in the National Nutrition Month Campaign and why I am too. Will you join us?
If you are anything like me, you’ve probably learned the hard way that trying to change too much at once (like when we make “all or nothing” goals) can often lead to frustration and quitting before any real positive change is made. However, taking small steps can lead to big changes over time and make the journey to becoming healthier less stressful and more likely to succeed. My husband has had great success on his quest for health by making some important small changes, including adding more healthy whole grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables into his diet, cutting back on fatty foods, and tracking how many steps he takes each day. His changes have inspired me to try new foods and to take my own steps to eating healthy.
Here are some of my favorite small steps to help us on our way to better health:
- Drink plenty of water! Water has no calories, is essential for hydration to help the body function properly, and is much healthier for you than sugar-filled drinks.
- Fill half your plate with vegetables and/or fruits to add key nutrients to each meal. Choose lean, healthy meats, such as ground chicken, plus whole grains like quinoa for a healthy entree, like this Chicken Quinoa Patty my husband makes.
- Plan meals and snacks when making your grocery list to help keep you on track when those unhealthy snacks and foods are tempting you at the grocery store!
- Tracking the food you eat by keeping a food journal can also help you reach your goal of eating healthy. When we have to write down what we ate, we are much more likely to choose foods that are good for us!
These are just a few of my favorite steps to use on my health journey, but of course, there are many more that can help you on your journey. You can find more information, tips, and even delicious healthy recipes by visiting Shape Your Future.
What will you do to “Shape Your Future” during National Nutrition Month in order to have a healthy 2015? What steps help you on your health journey? Tell us in the comments below! You can also join the conversation with us on the Shape Your Future Facebook page and by using the hashtags #NationalNutritionMonth and #ShapeYourFutureOK. We look forward to hearing from you!
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