March is National Nutrition Month, and this year’s theme is Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle! What could be easier? March is a wonderful time to adopt an eating and physical activity plan that is focused on consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and getting daily exercise. I often tell my clients and students to start with the next bite. What I mean is that perhaps you haven’t been eating that well, perhaps winter was a nutritional slump for you, or maybe you went a little crazy at the all-you-can-eat buffet last night. That’s okay, because each day is a new day. But to achieve and maintain a healthy weight, reduce risk for chronic illnesses, and live a healthy life, you have to start with the next bite.
Spring is here and fresh fruits and vegetables abound, making it so easy to bite into a healthy lifestyle! Most Americans need to eat more plant foods, particularly fruits and veggies. Perhaps start by adding a fresh pear to your afternoon snack, or start your dinner with a small salad. Switching one sugary or fatty snack each day for a healthier option makes a big difference down the road. So go ahead, bite into life!