March is National Nutrition Month, so during this time of year, we like to take a closer look at what we eat and how it affects our overall level of wellness. You’ve probably heard the expression, “You are what you eat” and we couldn’t agree more! What we put into our bodies directly affects our ability to function at our best. What we eat impacts everything from our ability to build muscle to our ability to fight off illness. If you’ve been looking for an excuse to start eating healthier and take care of your body, now is the time to do it.
All month long, we’ll be posting about nutrition-related topics and if you’d like to learn about anything in specific, please let us know in the comments! In the meantime, let’s get started with 10 easy tips for better eating that you can start today:
- Drink a glass of water prior to eating. Not only will this help you manage your appetite, but it will also keep you hydrated.
- Add more superfoods to your diet. Foods like kale, broccoli, blueberries, sweet potatoes, eggs, and oatmeal are rich in nutrients and can help you lose weight, feel better, and even prevent illness.
- Learn your portion sizes. Overeating becomes easy when we don’t know what the correct serving sizes are.
- Take your time while you eat. Rushing through eating means you’ll usually eat more than you need to. Give yourself time to actually savor your meal.
- Eat the rainbow. Colorful fruits and vegetables should take up at least half of your plate. Vary your choices by trying to eat a different colored fruit or vegetable at every meal. (P.S. Colorful foods are usually rich in nutrients and antioxidants!)
- Always eat breakfast. High protein breakfasts can keep you feeling energized throughout the day while boosting your metabolism.
- Cut out calories by always drinking water instead of sugary soft drinks.
- Eating out? Take half your meal home. Restaurant portions are notoriously over sized and you’ll get more than one meal for the price!
- Try the Mediterranean diet for better cardiovascular health and longevity. This diet is rich in healthy fats from olives and nuts, as well as lean protein, lots of fish, and plenty of fruits and vegetables.
- Avoid processed foods as much as possible, as these foods often have chemicals and not-so-good-for-you ingredients.