National Nutrition Month With MOMLETA Founder, Kristen Horler
Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month?
"National Nutrition Month® is an annual nutrition education and information campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign, celebrated each year during the month of March, focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. In addition, National Nutrition Month® promotes the Academy and its members to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically-based food and nutrition information." (From eatright.org)
Making healthy food choices requires us to slow down and be intentional. It does not, however, have to be difficult! In fact, a few simple changes today can lead to tremendous improvements in your short and long term health and wellness.
Here are a few tips that I recommend to my fitness & nutrition clients:
1. Incorporate more fruits & veggies in every meal. There is always an opportunity to add spinach, kale, or arugula to a savory dish, and an opportunity to add fruit to breakfast or dessert. Need some creative ideas for adding fruits and vegetables to your diet? Check this out!
2. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate. Go to bed with a glass of water on your nightstand. If you wake up during the night, drink half of it. Finish it off in the morning before having coffee or tea. Drink water all day long, adding electrolytes as needed. I use this one.
3. Stop counting calories, carbs, protein, and fats. Focus instead on micronutrients which are found in fruits & veggies, whole grains & legumes. Here's more info on the role of micronutrients.
4. Don't waste your money on over-the-counter isolated vitamins. Stick with whole food nutrition. Click here to read why important vitamins and minerals are best found on your plate
5. Ditch the scale. Avoid weighing yourself daily. Daily weigh-ins can create an emotional roller coaster. If you're working towards a goal, take your weight and measurements on the first of each month--ONLY--and increase your awareness by tracking your nutrition for 1 to 4 weeks.
Are you struggling to eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day? Here are some tips.
How many servings of fruits and vegetables do your children eat daily? Track your family's consumption over the next three days to see not only how many fruits and vegetables you're eating, but also the variety.
As a family, we try hard, but we often fall short. It's bananas, apples, spinach, romaine, repeat. That's why the only nutritional products that my family takes are Juice Plus+ whole food nutrition. We get a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and berries in a capsule, chewable, a plant-based Omega, and amazing plant-based shakes too.
Do you have more nutrition questions? Let me know!
Kristen Horler, Founder & CEO of MOMLETA, has been a certified fitness professional since 1997. She is an author, presenter, and a continuing education provider for the American Council on Exercise.
Kristen is passionate about food, fitness, and inspiring wellness. She completed her Masters of Science degree in Nutrition at Northeastern University in December 2015 and believes in being a student of life. She is passionate about sharing the power of whole food plant-based nutrition and she enjoys cooking, spending time with her family, and traveling.