March is Nutrition Month. To recognize this, here are 3 easy ways to live a more nutritious life.
- Drink water – Drinking water every day is so important for many reasons. Water helps lubricate the joints, deliver oxygen throughout the body, cushion the brain and spinal cord, regulate body temperature, flush body waste and so much more! There is no universally agreed quantity of water that must be consumed daily so do what you can to hydrate every day.
- Don’t skip meals – Sometimes we feel far too busy to sit down for a meal and it can be easy to justify skipping one or two and making it up later. However, when we skip a meal it lowers our blood sugar which can make us feel irritable, confused and fatigued. It also slows down our metabolism. “When you skip a meal or go a long time without eating, your body goes into survival mode,” says Haley Robinson, clinical dietitian. “This causes your cells and body to crave food which causes you to eat a lot! We usually tend to crave unhealthy foods and all attempts at eating healthy go out the door. When you are that hungry, anything goes!” Try planning your meals out ahead of time and putting them in your schedule so you are less inclined to skip them.
- Keep healthy snacks nearby – Snacking between meals can help us avoid overeating at meals and having healthy snacks at your disposal to choose from is a great way to give yourself a boost throughout the day! Try combining 0-1 wholegrain carbs, 1-2 proteins and healthy fats, and 1-2 fruits and vegetables. Some good combos include 1) greek yogurt, cucumber slices, and wholegrain pita 2) wholegrain crackers, olives, and red pepper slices 3) brown rice cakes, peanut butter, and banana. Experiment with healthy snack ideas and have fun!