The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has recognized March as National Nutrition Month. The aim is to educate Americans regarding the health benefits of maintaining a consistent and nutritious diet, while additionally illustrating the negative impact of having bad eating habits. National Nutrition Month also raises awareness surrounding the major emotional and physical health benefits of exercising regularly.
If you’re like most of us and have abandoned your New Year’s resolution by now, National Nutrition Month serves as a fresh start. If you’ve managed to persevere to this point and have kept going with your New Year’s resolution, then let National Nutrition Month behave as an extra boost of motivation to keep you going.
Here are 4 steps you can take to celebrate National Nutrition Month:
Hydrate: Drinking plenty of water actually helps speed up your metabolism. Staying hydrated also prevents and alleviates headaches, cramps, and muscle soreness. While nutritionists will vary on the daily amount they recommend people to drink each day, try to start with eight cups of water every day.
Exercise Daily: If you’re one of the many who dreads going to the gym, then make exercise an activity you look forward to by trying something like pick-up basketball, yoga, boxing classes or hiking. Because your body will be releasing endorphins, which trigger a healthy feeling of euphoria, you’ll feel both happier and more attentive, not to mention feel better about yourself.
Change Your Diet: Start with gradual improvements in your diet, like cutting out frozen foods or fast foods. Then try cooking for yourself every night for just one week. You’ll be much more aware of the ingredients you’re consuming. Moving forward, also try sticking to the perimeter while you’re grocery shopping, as you’ll avoid the artificial ingredients found in the foods in the aisles, while you’re enjoying fresh meats, produce, fruits and vegetables.
Be More Mindful of Your Diet: Simply improving the quality of foods you’re eating is just one part of improving your diet. Avoid overeating, under-eating or skipping meals like breakfast. A healthy breakfast will not just kick-start your metabolism, it will provide you with the energy and attention you need to be successful during your day.
For more nutritional and dietary advice, visit us at Synergy Immediate Care, where we can assist in your efforts to improve your diet and habits. Also, knowing your body is the first step in improving your overall wellness, so stop in at our Tysons Corner clinic and get your physical exam.
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