avocados are a super foodThe Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics observe the month of March each year as National Nutrition Month. National Nutrition Month serves to educate Americans about the physical and emotional health benefits of maintaining a healthy diet and consistent exercise regimen. This initiative also helps raise awareness concerning the dangers and risks associated with eating unhealthy foods and living a sedentary lifestyle.

Having National Nutrition Month come at a time when many of us have long abandoned our New Years resolutions makes sense. A number of us are also gearing up to spend the entirety of March Madness eating buffalo wings and watching non-stop basketball as well. If you’re one of the few who have managed to keep going with your resolution, let National Nutrition Month behave as an extra motivational reason to persevere. Meanwhile, if your resolution was ditched months ago, allow National Nutrition Month to serve as a second chance.

Below are a few ways you can celebrate National Nutrition Month:

  1. Exercise Daily: Exercising everyday doesn’t mean that you have to drag yourself to the gym everyday. Just try taking the stairs instead of the elevator or biking to work instead of driving. Working out shouldn’t be something you dread. If you don’t like the gym, don’t go. Try pick-up basketball, yoga, boxing classes or cycling. You’ll feel better about yourself and will enjoy the endorphin release, which will give you a feeling of euphoria that will improve your mood and attention span.
  2. Drink Lots of Water: Drinking water helps boost your metabolism and alleviate muscle soreness, cramps and headaches. While different nutrition publications all vary on their recommended daily intake, try aiming for about a gallon each day. You’ll get fewer headaches and will notice an increase in your attention span.
  3. Eat Healthier Foods: Instead of getting takeout, try cooking for yourself every once in awhile. Eating healthier doesn’t mean you need to start eating quinoa or foods you hate. Just avoid fast food and frozen foods, while sticking to the perimeter while you’re at the grocery store. You’ll find all the fresh produce, meats, fruits and vegetables while staying to the outside of the store and not the chemical-laden foods in the aisles, like soda and potato chips.
  4. Maintain Healthier Eating Habits: Eating healthier foods is just one part of the equation. Refrain from undereating, overeating, eating late at night or skipping meals entirely. Many believe that skipping breakfast will help them shed weight, when in reality, breakfast actually speeds up your metabolism.

For more nutritional advice, follow our blog or visit our center, where our team of board-certified medical providers can administer blood pressure and cholesterol checks. Knowing your body is the first step in making the changes to achieve a healthier lifestyle.

Call us at 904.221.9110 or visit us today. We look forward to helping you enjoy National Nutrition Month!