Happy National Nutrition Month!! We know that what we eat impacts our lives every day of the year, but March is the month I give special attention to my favorite topic in the world. This year we want to celebrate this holiday with a few quick tips to help you make healthier food decisions for life!
This year’s theme for National Nutrition Month is: Putting Your Best Fork Forward. To us this means using your food choices to make a positive lasting impacts on your health. Each day we make meal decisions that for better or worse influence how we feel in the short and long term.
Instead of prescribing an extreme diet, recommending a rigorous workout program, or suggesting a long-term cleanse, we want to offer a super simple plan- eat as close to nature as possible. When we fill the majority of our diets with vegetables, clean healthy meats and beneficial fats, we not only give our bodies the nutrients they need to thrive, but we also make it difficult to add or keep unwanted body fat, stress and fatigue. The following tips help me on a daily basis make food decisions that bring me closer to nature and allow me to put my Best Fork Forward!:
Make half of your plate a garden!
Every meal is a chance to flood your body with as many vitamins and minerals as you can, and the easiest way to get these nutrients is through vegetables. Aim to make half of your plate at every meal non-starchy green leafy vegetables.
Choose the healthiest meat options
Not all meats are created equal, and depending how the animals were raised, not all cuts of the same type of meat have the same nutritional value. Look for the following when picking out your protein options:
- Beef- 100% Grass Fed, Local if possible
- Fish- Wild Caught, Sustainably Caught if possible
- Poultry- Cage Free, Pasture Raised, Organic
- Eggs- Cage Free, Pasture Raised, Organic
Make the most of your dietary fat
Fats get a bad rap but dietary fat sources should make up a good portion of our diet. Highly processed foods contain high levels of very processed vegetable oils that aren’t the best for our bodies. When replacing highly processed foods, look for amazing dietary fats from the following sources:
- Nuts and Seeds (or your favorite Betsy’s Best Nut Butter!)
- Coconut Oil
- Grass Fed Butter, Ghee
- Wild Caught Fatty Fish; salmon, sardines, tuna
Hydrate, Sleep, Repeat
Daily hydration is one of the most important aspects of great overall health. Aim to get 0.5-1.0 ounce of water per pound of body weight every day! Good Sleep is our chance to end and begin every day on a healthy note. Consistently getting 7-8.5 hours per night will prepare your body to excel and sustain throughout your day.
Eating healthy shouldn’t be a daunting task, and meals shouldn’t be a choice between delicious and healthy. There are ways for you to have your cake and eat it too, as long as it’s in moderation!
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