avocado = healthy eatingThe Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recognizes March as National Nutrition Month. Since its inception, National Nutrition Month has aimed to educate Americans about the long term benefits of eating healthy and avoiding bad eating habits. A major focus of National Nutrition Month is also illustrating the positive effects of exercising daily, seeing as it, along with following a healthy diet, helps you achieve a healthy and happy life.

If you’re one of the few who has managed to persevere and continue following your New Years resolutions, then National Nutrition Month can help provide you with the motivation you need to keep going. While, if you’re like the rest of us, National Nutrition Month stands as a reason for us to start fresh.

Below are 4 ways you can celebrate National Nutrition Month:

  1. Change Your Diet: You don’t need to completely overhaul your eating habits in order to improve your diet. Simply try to avoid frozen food, fast food and reducing your red meat consumption. Instead, try to cook for yourself at home instead of ordering take out. Also, next time your grocery shopping, stay along the perimeter of your local grocery store instead of venturing into the aisles. This way, you’ll avoid all the artificial foods in the aisle and instead only purchase fresh fruits, veggies, meats and produce.
  2. Improve Your Eating Schedule: Simply improving the quality of the food that you’re consuming is just half the battle. In order to really improve your dietary habits, be mindful of when your eating. Don’t eat late at night or skip breakfast. Breakfast helps kick start your metabolism and provides you with the energy you need to be productive at your job or school.
  3. Drink Lots of Water: Water additionally helps speed up your metabolism, as well as expedite your body’s recovery process following strenuous activity. Drinking water also alleviates headaches and cramps too. Aim for drinking about 1 gallon of water each day, as this is about the average recommended amount you’ll see from different studies.
  4. Exercise Every Day: If you’re one of the many who hates going to the gym, try something fun, whether it be boxing, yoga, pick-up basketball or hiking. You shouldn’t have to dread working out; exercise should be one of the many high points of your day, as it will result in your body releasing endorphins, which provide you with a natural euphoria that’s good for improving your mood and increasing your attention span.

For more health advice, visit us at American Family Care – Cedar Bluff in Knoxville, TN. We can personally help you tailor your eating or workout schedule. Also, if you’re ever feeling any less than 100%, visit our urgent care center, where we can help get you feeling good enough to workout and continue your healthy eating habits.