Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? This year’s theme encourages you to Eat Right for Your Lifestyle. While this might seem quite simplistic, there’s a lot of valuable advice hidden with these five little words.

You are an individual with your own personal food preferences. Instead of feeling as though you should eat certain foods for health promotion or weight loss you may find there are several nutritious foods you actually want to eat because of how they taste and make you feel. Eating healthy does not have to painful.

On the contrary, this also means that you can enjoy less healthy favorites periodically without feeling guilty. Research shows that leaving space for all the foods you enjoy can actually help you learn to savor them in moderation vs over-eating those foods that are not as good for you.

Taking small steps encourages you to establish healthy eating habits that last a lifetime, whereas having a diet mentality results in temporary changes. Instead of getting frustrated when you have a “bad” day, explore your setbacks with compassion and curiosity to gain insight into what triggered your setback. This will help you navigate difficult situations more easily in the future and overcome the challenges.

Make your health goals achievable, enjoyable, and simplistic.

Here are the Key Messages of National Nutrition Month listed on eatright.org:

  1. Discover the benefits of a healthy eating style.  How do you feel when you feel your body with good food.
  2. Choose foods and drinks that are good for your health.
  3. Include a variety of healthful foods from all of the food groups on a regular basis.
  4. Select healthier options when eating away from home.
  5. Be mindful of portion sizes. Eat and drink the amount that’s right for you, as My Plate encourages us to do.  Mindful eating!
  6. Keep it simple. Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated.  This is a lifestyle.
  7. Make food safety part of your everyday routine.
  8. Help to reduce food waste by considering the foods you have on hand before buying more at the store.  Consider gardening.
  9. Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
  10. Consult the nutrition experts. Registered Dietitian Nutritionists can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.  Ask your Dr for a referral.

Eating healthy does not need to be complicated. It’s making small changes that last.  Think of food as fuel.  We need good fuel to help us to feel our best.  Work at developing a healthy relationship with food!

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