Happy first Monday in March, people!
Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? It is! My assumption is that whoever decided it was NNM thought, “Well, we’re three months in to the new year so most people have probably forgot about their resolutions and eaten a crap-ton of candy. What can we do to make people want to be healthy? Ah yes! National Nutrition Month!”
If you’ve fallen off of your resolution bandwagon or are just looking for ways to get healthy (and want an actual healthy way to do it) I’ve got some great ideas for you!
First, let me tell you a little bit about what I’ve done and what worked for me. After a horrendously bad breakup in 2006, I put on 35+ pounds. I finally realized I needed to do something when I tried on a pair of the largest size of jeans I could find in the junior’s section and they didn’t fit. I literally sat on the dressing room floor and cried. It was bad.
So I did what we all do when we don’t know what to do: I Googled.
Between that and consulting my family, we started doing Body For Life. It was a super simple way to eat healthy. All we had to do was make sure we had a lean protein, a whole grain, and a green veggie at every meal. We also worked out 3-5 times a week. In 4 months, I lost 40lbs. My mom lost 20lbs and my dad lost 25lbs! Not only that, but we were healthy. We felt better, we had more energy, we slept better, and we generally happier people. We also didn’t get sick as often.
Eating healthy really isn’t that difficult. There are so many resources out there! I use an app on my phone (Sparkpeople) to track what I eat. This way, I can keep tabs on my caloric intake, while also seeing if I’ve drunk enough water for the day. (Hydration is important. Many times, people confuse hunger with dehydration!)
Another resource I use is Hungry Girl! She’s got yummy, low-calorie recipes and even recipe swaps for our favorite fast food! And of course, there’s always Pinterest! You can find LOTS of healthy recipes while you’re pinning eCards!
If you want to make a change in celebration of National Nutrition Month, I’ve got some easy, simple ideas for you:
~Switch white pasta for whole wheat pasta (unless you have a wheat allergy, of course!)
~Use 2% or Fat Free cheeses
~Ease down to skim milk (My family and I used to drink whole milk. We slowly got down to skim though. A few months we’d drink 2%, and then we drank 1%, and eventually skim! Now we drink fat free organic milk and it’s so yummy!)
~Swap chicken tenderloins for chicken breast (and go organic if you can find it!)
~Add a green veggie to every meal (Yes, broccoli can be good! Steam some up in these bags, sprinkle with some Mrs. Dash and you’re good to go!)
~For every soda you drink, make an effort to drink two glasses of water. It’ll help keep you hydrated and may even help you knock down your soda intake!
It can be tough to completely overhaul your eating habits in one night. That’s why I was so scared to start; I was afraid I was going to have to give up everything I loved and eat cardboard for the rest of my life. But it’s not true! Small changes REALLY add up. The first month I tried all of this, I lost 10lbs. Seriously.
Just try it out this month, I guarantee you won’t be sorry!