In today’s ridiculously connected world, it’s not just about how much you weigh—it’s about getting the nutrients you need to feel good and be healthy all the time. Because you never know who’s checking you out online, at the gym or in the office. Who will you inspire next?
Sounds scary, right? Being true to yourself or serving as a role model and mentor doesn’t have to be…when it comes to your health. Incorporate the tips and tools below, and you’ll be able to be your best self all the time (without having to put forth a Herculean effort daily).
1. Respond promptly. Eat when you are hungry, don’t wait all day to eat because you’ll end up using your fork foolishly and eating too many calories at one time. How much we eat is just as important as what we eat. Eat and drink the right amount for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
2. Listen carefully…to your body. Be sure to balance rest, good nutrition and physical activity to maximize your health and wellness. Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week. Whether running, walking, biking or skating enjoying your activity will help you put your best foot forward when it comes to your health.
3. Be positive. Think of your fork as a tool to deliver an eating style that includes a variety of your favorite, healthful foods. Then, slowly cut back or limit food choices that are not as healthy such as fried food, processed foods and sugary beverages.
4. Research beforehand. Anytime you start a new lifestyle regimen, you should check with your primary provider. Manage your weight or lower your health risks by consulting a registered dietitian nutritionist. RDNs can help put your best fork forward with easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.
5. Be adventurous. Fearlessly strut your new fork attitude and practice cooking more at home while experimenting with healthier ingredients. Research shows that regularly eating home-cooked meals as a family is linked to healthier and happier kids, and teens who are less likely to use alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes. Adults also reap considerable benefits from eating home-cooked meals as they tend to be happier and healthier while consuming less sugar and processed foods. This can result in higher energy levels and better mental health.
Join us in celebrating National Nutrition Month when you “Put Your Best Fork Forward” Choosing well when choosing when and where you put your fork can reap many benefits in your health and life.