Weekly Tips

March is National Nutritional Month

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone that good health cannot be found in one food, drink, or pill. Your overall diet and daily routine is most important to good health. A commitment to healthy lifestyle behaviors,such as regular physical activity and an eating pattern that balances good nutrition with the foods you enjoy, is the key to achieving good health.

Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Small Changes = Big Results

Are you having trouble making changes stick when it comes to your
diet? Instead of trying to change everything at once try a small tune-up to your eating habits and go from there. A slight change is easier to adhere to than a major one. A study done by Shape Up America found that making one simple change when preparing meals, like substituting lean turkey for certain cuts of meats, resulted in an average savings of 108 calories per meal. This might not seem like much but other studies have shown that by simply eating 100 fewer calories a day the risk of being overweight can be drastically reduced. 

Source: Shape Up America

Starting out?

This is the time of year that many people reflect on the past year and start looking ahead to the New Year. If you’re ready to start fresh with some part of your health or well-being, try starting small.  A New Year’s Resolution does not have to be big. Pick one small thing that you know you can easily do such as eating smaller portions, this can be easily done by using salad plates at dinner, or maybe taking a 30 minute walk every day after lunch/dinner. These are easy to do, you just have to make it happen. Small changes can lead to big results!

Winter blues?

Do suffer from the winter blues? 

There are a couple of simple ways to help you get over the blues when Old Man Winter leaves you feeling a bit gloomy.

They are….
exercise and natural light exposure.

Fight the winter blues by going for a brisk walk outdoors. Exercise and exposure to sunlight—even on cloudy days—can increase levels of serotonin in the brain to boost mood. Keep yourself feeling good by seeing winter in a more positive light.

Dietary Fiber and Weight Control

Dietary fiber appears to help curb weight gain, say the experts who have studied the effects of fiber on weight. High-fiber foods, such as fruits and vegetables, help maintain weight because they are naturally lower in calories; they help you feel full longer; and they generally require more chewing time. The health benefits of dietary fiber go beyond just weight. A possible lower risk for heart disease, diabetes and regularity are all good reasons to eat more fiber!

Source: United States Department of Agriculture