Thursday, February 28, 2013

Jump into Spring with National Nutrition Month®

For my east coast followers, warm weather is right around the corner.  Kick off the spring with National Nutrition Month® and "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day." 

Eating right is essential not just one day or starting tomorrow, but for a lifetime.  Food provides fuel and energy for your body.  Your body's cells work hard everyday to keep you alive and active, so choose to feed your body nutrients to benefit you, not cause harm.  It is not about restricting foods and thinking of what you should not eat, but rather what you can eat.  Choose a variety of colors from fruits and vegetables.  Everything can be part of a well balanced diet in moderation.  

Everyone has different taste preferences, so choose the foods that fit best for you.   Working with an RD will help you find those foods that are healthy and satisfying. 

Buy wholesome foods and be a part of your food preparation compared to processed foods with added chemicals.  Take control over your health; know your food and where it comes from.  Involve the entire family and share your recipes.  It is never too young to get children involved in meal planning while learning about foods for growth.  

Wednesday, March 13th, is Registered Dietitian Day. What are some of the many benefits of seeing a RD?
  • RDs are food and nutrition experts who bring the science of nutrition into obtainable positive lifestyle choices.
  • Improve your overall health and fight disease. 
  • Provide individualized therapy and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Separate information about fad diets.
  • Connect you to community resources to allow healthy eating to become possible.

How will I "Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day?"
  • I have joined a Community Supported Agriculture farm share.  Moving to a new city, I thought it would be a challenge to access affordable fresh fruits and vegetables.  There are plenty of resources available and people to exchange ideas.  You do not need to invest in a farm share, but just keep an eye out for local farmer markets.

Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website for more information and finding a Registered Dietitian near you. http://www.eatright.org/nnm/

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Sweethearts

Happy Valentine's Day!

In the past I have talked about tips on healthy eating and exercise, but another important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is.... relationships.

What is a relationship?
  • I believe a relationship to be a connection you have not just with that special someone, but with yourself, your friends, your family.  Try to make all relationships positive to bring out the best in others as well as yourself.  
  • Listen and respect each other.  Be there for others to support through the difficult times and celebrate success.  This also means that person should be there for you as well.  Balance giving and receiving. 
  • Do not settle.  Know your potential and believe in yourself.  Find someone who knows this, not someone who needs to be convinced. 
  • Talk.  Express your ambitions and annoyances.  If something bothers you, be honest.  That's where listening and respect will strengthen a relationship. 
  • Think about when you are having a bad day, and someone does a small gesture for you like holding the door open or genuinely listening about your day.  Compare this to someone who cut you off the road or started yelling at you in which you absorb their anger and stress.  Be the person to brighten up someone's day.  When you are having a bad day, try smiling at a coworker or friend.  Something as free and timeless as a smile can help relax tension.
I've heard it before, you must love yourself before you can love another.  After graduating from college and joining the many other young adults in trying to define themselves, I have realized this statement to be true.  Throughout my life and career, I have put others before myself.  Take control of your happiness and health; this will optimize helping others.

If you are seeking a special someone to share this Valentine's Day, stop looking, find yourself.  Be your own secret admirer.  Defining your values in life will help you find your significant other, especially when you are not even looking.  If you have found your true love, tell him/her how appreciative you are.  Enjoy those around you everyday, not just on Valentine's Day.