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How to “Bite Into A Healthy Lifestyle” with National Nutrition Month

By Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, CDCES March 3, 2015Pearls of Wisdom Blog

Are you bored with winter? Do you yearn for something fun and new? I’ve got just the cure.

It’s that great month of the year, National Nutrition Month , where America celebrates the great taste of nutrition. National Nutrition Month is sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This is the time to focus on making informed food choices and embrace sound eating and an active lifestyle. This year’s theme, “Bite into A Healthy Lifestyle,” is vital for cancers survivors. March 2015 is the start you need to return to the basics of healthy food choices and promoting personal health, whatever the stage of your cancer journey.

3 actions can help you bite into a healthy lifestyle:

Get back to the basics of eating well. It’s a lifestyle, not one food or just for a month. A healthy lifestyle includes the foods that nourish you and meet your calorie needs while allowing foods and fun activities that you enjoy. Get a routine that works for you and that you enjoy.

Eat at home. Research shows that eating at home carries fewer calories, which makes controlling your weight a little easier. Eating at home often allows you to eat less sodium, dietary fat, and preservatives. Buy foods, especially produce, which is grown in your area. Check your local farmer’s markets or grow some of your own food. Start planning a little garden now so you’ll be ready when spring arrives.

Take time to move every day. Most health experts suggest that 30 to 60 minutes of physical activity on most days for a healthy routine. Maybe you walk 10 minutes on your break, or 30 minutes at lunch, or take a 60 minute dance class several evenings each week. Your family or friends can help you focus on increasing physical activity like a morning walking group, an afternoon family hike, or yoga after supper.

Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, CDCES

Author Margaret Martin, RD, MS, LDN, CDCES

Nutrition Educator Margaret Martin is a Licensed Dietitian and Nutritionist in the State of Tennessee as well as a Certified Diabetes Educator. Margaret graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and received her Master’s Degree in Nutrition Science & Public Health from the University of Tennessee. With more than 10 years of experience in Clinical Nutrition, Margaret has also worked in the insurance industry with WellPoint Inc. and Blue Cross Blue Shield providing telephonic nutrition consultations, service assistance, and web-based nutrition education. In her free time Margaret volunteers with the American Lung Association’s annual “Lung Force Walk" in Middle Tennessee. She belongs to the Oncology Nutrition & Diabetes Care and Education Dietetic Practice Groups of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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