Hello, everyone! HAPPY SPRING! Hope this finds you well.
March was National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme was “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day”. This comes from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (which credentials Registered Dietitians). This theme “encourages personalized healthy eating styles based on lifestyle, cultural and ethnic traditions”.
So what does this really mean? It means there are many ways to eat right and individual preferences come into play. For example, one person may feel better eating protein with every meal (they have less cravings, feel more full and satisfied) while someone else is very successful on a vegetarian diet with less protein. We have to acknowledge our food preferences but we also have to be honest with ourselves.
For example, I love cheese, but I know I can’t eat cheese all day and be healthy. So I eat cheese in moderation and as a part of an overall healthful diet. And I give up or limit other foods that I like less so I have room for things I love. If you love chocolate, you can fit 100 calories of chocolate into your day, but you can’t expect to eat junk all day long and feel good.
Every day we have an opportunity to make choices regarding our diet and activity level. Do your choices support your goals? No one is perfect, and luckily you don’t have to be! It is a matter of balance. For example, I choose to eat really healthy at home (most of the time) because I want to have fun the one night a week I go out to eat dinner. But I also know I need to exercise a little harder on the day I eat out to maintain balance.
Have a wonder-filled day!
Check out the Academy’s website.