March is National Nutrition Month
“In our fast paced society it is increasingly difficult to take time for ourselves. This often means we are sleeping less, moving less, and eating more,” says Kenya Palmer, Nurse Practitioner in BMC’s Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Nutrition, and Weight Management.
Making healthy food choices is key to living a healthier life…
- Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
- Choose foods that are low in trans fats, saturated fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars
- Exercise portion control when eating is a good way to cut back on some unnecessary calories
- Use smaller plates and when eating out share a meal or get a smaller size option
- Drink water over sugary drinks to help reduce your sugar intake.
“It is also important to try and get seven or more hours of sleep nightly,” says Palmer. “It will help you think more clearly when deciding between the Snickers bar or that apple for your 3:00 pm snack.”
Along with choosing to eat right and sleep more, daily physical activity is an important part to achieving a healthy lifestyle. “If you can’t get to the gym, try and get at least 10,000 steps daily,” says Palmer. “Most cell phones have free pedometer apps that will count for you – and who can live without their cell phones these days?” Adding physical activity into your routine each week can help strengthen your bones and muscles, improve balance and flexibility, and reduce the risk of chronic illness.
There are many benefits that come along with choosing to live a healthy lifestyle: feeling more energized, maintaining a healthy weight, sharpening your memory, and stabilizing your mood. Perhaps most importantly, a healthy lifestyle can result in a better and longer life.