March is National Nutrition Month. It’s time to dust off the blender and get juicing. Or, if pureed parts that were once whole fruits and vegetables aren’t your thing, you can just graze your way through some healthy eating instead.
What is National Nutrition Month?
What is National Nutrition Month, you ask? It’s a national campaign instituted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help spread the good news about the value of eating right. When you live a healthy lifestyle and eat the right kinds of food, you feel great, you look great, and you have energy for miles. National Nutrition Month is just a reminder to help you get started on your journey.
This national effort to educate and inform has been around since 1973. It was only National Nutrition week back then, but the idea stuck. Sometime around the mid- to late-1980s, the campaign was extended from a mere seven days to an entire month — enabling the message to reach a bigger audience and make a greater impact.
How Should You Celebrate It?
This one is easy. You celebrate National Nutrition Month by changing the way you think about, look at, and buy your weekly groceries. Instead of indulging in empty snacks and drinks because you like their sweet, sugary goodness, start thinking about how your snacks work for you instead. Everything you put in your body should serve a purpose. There are hundreds of ways to get in on the fun:
Stockpile a list of favorite healthy food recipes.
Visit Myplate.gov — the official website of healthy eating — to discover how to build a better, more-balanced plate.
Break out the blender. Few things are more fun than juicing up wacky combinations of your favorite fruits and veggies.
Try one new recipe, or add one new healthy food item to your grocery list each week.
Get out and help spread the word.
What Will You Get Out of It?
What you’ll get out of it is a month that’s packed full of high-energy days, delicious new meals, and a better understanding of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs to thrive. As added bonuses, you might end up with a slightly smaller waistband, clearer complexion, and happier, all-around disposition.
So what do you say? Get out there and start celebrating National Nutrition Month by eating your favorite healthy breakfast foods and following them up with entire days filled with good nutrition. You’ll be surprised at the difference one month can make on how amazing you look and feel. And who knows? Maybe your temporary changes will become a long-term, healthy commitment that follows you into old age.
The next time you’re on the run and find yourself perusing the nut aisle at the all-night convenience store for healthy foods to eat, head over to the produce aisle at the 24-hour market instead. It’s a quick and easy solution that will make you look, feel, and function better.
So get out there today, and start celebrating the thrill of National Nutrition Month, because the life you lengthen might be your own.