Make healthy decisions for National Nutrition Month
There’s no shortcut to making healthy lifestyle habits. It’s not something that can happen overnight (although we all wish it could). Developing healthy lifestyle habits takes time, dedication and commitment. But making healthy decisions is not only possible. It’s promising. And all it takes is one small step at a time.
March is National Nutrition Month, so why not use this month to focus on rebuilding healthy habits? No one expects you to be able to run a marathon overnight or become a vegan by tomorrow. But you can still set big expectations for yourself by setting small goals that will help you get there. What are some steps you can take? Here are a few to help you get started:
- Eat a salad before every meal. Prioritizing your vegetables will not only help guarantee you get your servings in, but it’ll fill you up slightly so you won’t overindulge in other main courses.
- Choose fruits as your dessert. Instead of sugary sweets and ice cream, give your sweet tooth the gift of delicious fruits. Look for in-season fruits to enjoy even sweeter and delicious fruits as a dessert.
- Use smaller plates and bowls. Help control your portions by keeping the size of your plates and bowls small. Refrain from getting seconds and try to eat only what can fit on your plate.
- Go for an evening stroll. Get your steps in a few time a week. Call up a friend or find an accountability partner who will be willing to walk with you throughout the week.
- Take the stairs. Avoid elevators and escalators when possible. Taking the stairs instead is an easy solution to adding more steps into your day.
- Park further away. Don’t fight for the closets parking spots. If you’re running errands or shopping, pick a parking spot that is further away so you can add a little distance to your walk.
- Set an alarm to remind you to get up. If you work during the day, set an alarm on your phone as a reminder to take a break, get up from your desk, and go for a quick walk. Even if it’s to the restroom or across the hallway, taking a walk is a great way to add steps into your day and increase your focus at work.
- Pack half your restaurant meal. If you’re eating out at a restaurant, ask them for a carry out box. Then pack half your meal before you eat. This will help with portion control, and save the other portion for you to enjoy during your next meal time.
- Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk. Whether you’re drinking milk or eating yogurt and cheese, increase your calcium and Vitamin D intake with fat-free or low-fat milk to help keep your bones healthy.
- Drink more water. Stay away from sugary drinks. Replace sodas and other sweet juices with water or tea.
What other steps have you started to take to start your journey to a healthier lifestyle? Let us know what’s worked for you. If you’d like to get more information or want to talk to a registered dietitian nutritionist, call us at 248-357-3360. We’ll connect you with our very own at Straith Hospital.