It’s been a few weeks since the pies, cookies, and cakes of the holiday season, and many of us are trying to maintain a healthy diet and get our nutrition every day without giving in to cravings. We know it’s good for us to eat healthy, and we see all sorts of trends such as whole 30, juice cleanses, etc. But what exactly is going on with our bodies, and why is it so important?
We’re living longer than ever before – once terminal or intense illnesses are instead being managed chronically, often without too much impact on our everyday lives. What is one of the biggest influencers of managing such an illness? A diet consisting of fresh, whole foods including veggies, fruits, lean meats, fish, and whole grains. This also means avoiding and minimizing saturated fats, refined carbs, and highly processed foods. In fact, if your meals include much of those ingredients, you are definitely at higher risk for diseases such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, cancer, and respiratory problems.
If you’d like to live a long, healthy life, now’s the time to start investing in your future. For National Nutrition Month, here are some habits you can put in place to keep your health at the forefront:
- Shop at the market – there will be plenty of fresh fruits and veggies and crusty whole-grained bread to choose from.
- Hit up a local make-your-meals-in-advance session – try Dream Dinners or something similar, and you can use fresh ingredients to prep your meals to have them ready anytime.
- Ask your friends for their favorite tasty, healthy recipes – you’ll find loads of new ideas.
- Come up with a list of go-to dinners and lunches you know you can make quickly with nutritious food and enjoy eating. Aim to stick to this at least five days every week.
- Check out some ethnic food recipes – mixing it up can be more appealing when you’re trying to eat healthy.
- Try a mail-order meal service, such as Blue Apron or Hello Fresh. You’ll have all the ingredients at your fingertips in just the right amounts with easy-to-follow recipes.
- Make meals with a buddy – like having a gym buddy, this will keep you honest and motivated, and you can text each other when you’ve eaten the food and congratulate each other on sticking to it!
Aim to move forward with your nutrition, even if you face setbacks or find your motivation dragging. We’re all in it with you, even when a big slice of cake is nearby. Grab a banana!
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Dr. Julie Drolet
P.S. If you want to improve your emotional health as well as your nutrition, you can learn about how to regulate your hormones in our free webinar, found here.