March is National Nutrition Month, an annual campaign aimed at educating the general public and giving people the information necessary to make healthy food choices. This year's theme "Go Further With Food" highlights the importance of an overall healthy lifestyle that includes proper nutrition to fuel your body and exercise to keep your body strong.
The impact of "lifestyle choices" has been receiving plenty of attention as we have learned that many of our health issues, from obesity to chronic disease and pain, can be attributed, at least in part, to our lack of exercise and poor dietary choices. It is no longer "news" that as a whole, our nation has become more sedentary than ever and much of our "fuel" comes from packaged, processed, and restaurant foods. No wonder we are overtired, overstressed, and overweight!
Simple changes offer big benefits. Replacing that high-fat, high-sugar donut with a piece of fruit and some yogurt provides your body with calcium, antioxidants, and fiber. A large salad at lunchtime, topped with a portion of lean protein, will give you the energy to beat that afternoon slump, as well as plenty of vitamins and minerals your body needs to run efficiently.
Though many people will insist on buying the best food for their bet, or fueling their car with the best gasoline, those same people will fuel their own bodies with garbage. Just as a car will fail to run if we give it the wrong fuel, our bodies react in much the same way.
Plenty of information is available to help people make healthier choices. Checking out some professional websites is an easy place to start:
https://www.eatright.org/food; and http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/HealthyLiving/HealthyEating/Healthy-Eating_UCM_001188_SubHomePage.jsp are good sources to begin a healthier eating plan.
Of course, there are many sites and resources that are aimed at selling products, "superfoods", and eating plans that are not necessarily healthy. Some of these products and services are truly helpful, but many are just gimmicks to make money. Wading through all of the information can be difficult, especially when a site "guarantees" you can lose weight, improve a health condition, or improve your energy just by using their supplement, detox, or food program. Remember the saying - "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is".
Though March is quickly coming to an end, " going further with food" is a great beginning to a healthier way of living. Begin by making better choices: limit processed foods, increase your intake of vegetables and fruits, and reduce your consumption of saturated fats, added sugars, and sodium. Schedule daily exercise and commit to completing it. You will look better, gain energy, and feel better overall.
Simple changes can lead to big results!
Choose Better, Feel Better, Live Better!