Making Healthy Lifestyle Choices

Its March, already! Which means its National Nutrition Month, to bring awareness to informed food choices and to highlight the work of registered dietitians in the community. See more here. That is why, as part of National Nutrition Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics urges everyone to Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.

This year, the academy of nutrition and dietetics suggests quitting dieting and putting $$ + time into quick fix, and often short lived, nutrition solutions. Diets, or short term eating patterns, are often viewed os the only way to lose weight and be a healthier version of you. However, few people can actually sustain diets; thus, slightly altered eating habits and small nutrition goals might be a more longterm way to lose weight and obtain your health goals. Health and nutrition have no quick fix solutions, contrary to popular belief, as nutrition is centered on the individual. There is no one-size-fits-all answer.

To begin, try looking internally to help you to discover what changes might allow you to re-evaluate your health priorities. What are the changes you most want to make? What is keeping you from doing this? What are some small ways you can start moving in the right direction.

These might include the emphasis you place on food choices, or your scheduling to allow for physical activity each day. Each hour (or minute!) of the day, we make choices that collectively contribute to and make up our priorities. And were all busy people, so time isnt going to just appear for a 40 minute run to occur; most likely, you are going to need to pro-actively wake up earlier, take a later lunch, or push out dinner with your friends till an hour later to make sure you have time to exercise. The same goes for choosing healthy meal options or ensuring you have the ingredients needed to cook a healthy and hearty meal at home.

A healthy lifestyle – one based on regular physical activity and an eating pattern chosen to meet individual nutrient needs within calorie limits – is vital to maintaining good health and quality of life, said registered dietitian nutritionist. This years Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle theme gives consumers an easy reminder that achieving optimal health is not about a specific food or time or year, but rather a life-long commitment that leaves plenty of time for the foods and activities we love.

All this to say, what you choose to do today in regards to your body and your health will affect your tomorrow. So dont wait to take control of your health and start healthier eating habits. Make small changes today, and with many small changes will come an overall new perspective and new way of living.

Next week, well take a closer look at this concept and will discuss some hands on ways to incorporate small changes to create overall healthy lifestyle shifts.