Happy 1st day of March! Today we are one day closer to Spring in New York. The craziness of March Madness is just around the corner and our inboxes are starting to fill with green-colored recipes and ideas for St. Patty’s day fun. But for Registered Dietitians like myself all across the country, the wait is finally over…..today begins National Nutrition Month®.
This annual, month-long celebration was created by the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics to highlight the importance of making informed food choices. Nowadays, nutrition information is plastered everywhere. Turn on the morning news, scroll through online magazines, check out favorite celebrity blogs and or family and friends’ media accounts – ANYONE and EVERYONE is giving advice on WHAT you should be eating and HOW you should be eating it.
A search for #nutrition in Instagram brought up 20,702,659 posts. Thanks to Instagram, I can now see what’s in your grocery cart, your latest #tacotuesday night creation and how many scoops of whey protein powder you put in your morning smoothie.
With this much information in your face, it’s easy to get confused and misguided and think eating right is way too complicated. But it doesn’t have to be. Whatever your goals might be – to slim down a bit, eat for more energy or lower your cholesterol levels, a Registered Dietitian, THE nutrition expert, can help you sort through the murky waters of nutrition misinformation and provide sound, easy to follow advice. Anyone can pen the name of a “nutritionist” but a Registered Dietitian (or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist) has completed multiple layers of education and training as outlined by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). When you work with a Registered Dietitian, you are working with a trusted healthcare professional.
This year’s theme for National Nutrition Month® is to “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” A simple reminder that each “bite” counts and that every “forkful” of healthy, nutritious food can put you one step closer to achieving your health goals.
The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics challenges you this National Nutrition Month® to:
- Create an eating style that includes a variety of your favorite, healthy foods.
- Practice cooking more at home and experiment with healthier ingredients.
- Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active mot days of the week.
As a Registered Dietitian, I too look for new ways to improve my health through food and exercise.
To celebrate National Nutrition Month® this year, I challenge myself to:
- Eat a different fruit with lunch everyday of the workweek.
- Experiment with cooking one new ingredient each week in my apartment.
- Switch up my usual workout routine by testing out 2 new types of exercise.
Happy National Nutrition Month®!
I hope this post and the spirit of National Nutrition Month® inspires you to make small changes to your eating habits – one forkful at a time!