March is National Nutrition Month
10 Practices for Healthy Living
Eating a healthy breakfast every day will give you more energy, help manage your weight, and improve your concentration.
Skipping lunch can cause you to overeat at your next meal. Aim to eat a balanced lunch. Make half of your meal vegetables—French fries don’t count!—then add lean protein, and whole grains.
Sugar Free Drinks
Beverages like sweetened iced tea, non-diet soda, fruit juice, and sports drinks all contain calories without any beneficial nutrients. Stick to water, low-fat milk, unsweetened tea, flavored seltzer water, and sugar free coffee drinks to satisfy your thirst without the extra sugar or weight gain.
Forget Fad Diets
If a diet or supplement sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There are no products or foods that will magically burn fat. Aim to eat a healthy, balanced diet and exercise for about an hour a day.
Reduce Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners like Splenda, Sweet’ N Low, Equal, and those found in diet sodas and diet juices are calorie free. However, they’ve been found to make us crave sugary foods and drinks.
Be Active for 60 Minutes a Day
Physical activity is essential for healthy living and helps build muscle, manage weight, and prevent disease.
Get More Sleep
Sleep helps boost your mood, keeps you focused and alert, and supports healthy growth and development. Aim to get 8 to 10 hours of sleep a night.
Cut Back on Drinking and Smoking
The first step is making a commitment to change. If you’re concerned about how much you smoke, drink, or use drugs, work with your healthcare provider to make a plan to reduce your substance use safely and effectively.
Mindful eating means being aware of both the physical and emotional feelings connected to eating. This includes noticing when your body signals that it’s hungry, or that it’s full. It also means eating more slowly so that you can truly enjoy food. This makes it less likely that you’ll overeat, and can make you feel more satisfied from your meal.