There’s something about spring that inspires many of us to clean out our closets and our kitchen cabinets. So, it’s fitting that National Nutrition Month
® falls in March, a time when we are starting to dream about warmer temperatures, bountiful summer produce and lighter fare.
National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
to emphasize the importance of making informed food choices. This year’s National Nutrition Month® theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” A reminder that every bite counts, this theme reflects the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines
for American’s recommendation to shift to a healthier eating pattern.
This idea that every bite counts also resonates closely with advice that I regularly share with my clients: small steps do add up to big changes. Additionally, I advise my clients that healthy eating can be as simple as choosing the more nutritious option between two foods, such as choosing a side salad instead of fries when eating out or a handful of nuts and dried fruit instead of a sugar-laden granola bar. This helps clarify the idea (and alleviate the pressure) of the somewhat-vague term “eating healthfully.”
Here are just a few examples of how you can make small changes that add up to a healthy lifestyle, one forkful at a time.