It's been a couple of months since you have set your new year's resolution and you may or may not have been sticking to it. The good news is that it is still not too late to make a healthy change this year! Take this leap day to reset and get ready for a month of healthy changes because March is Nutrition Month!
This year, Dietitians of Canada is asking Canadians to pledge for a #100MealJourney. Did you know that we eat about 100 meals in a month? That means we have 100 opportunities to make a healthy choice. Why not take this month to make a small, lasting change and stick with it... one meal at a time.
I am looking forward to incorporating new recipes and making sustainable changes that will last throughout the year. Join me on my #100MealJourney by taking the #nutritionmonth pledge here.
Over 1200 people have already taken the pledge!
Pledge to make a small, nourishing change and stick with it, one meal at a time. Too many changes at once can be overwhelming and hard to keep up. It’s better to make one nourishing change that sticks. First, choose your change. Think about your eating habits. Where can you make a positive, easy change? Here are some ideas that can make a big difference:
Fill have your plate with vegetables at lunch and dinner.
Choose whole grain instead of white bread.
Enjoy at least 2 fruits a day.
Swap your sugary beverage (pop and juices) with water.
Is there another healthy change you will be making this month? Share them with me on twitter @nutritionbynaz!
Once you have selected your healthy eating goal for the month, make small changes to your eating environment to make it easy to stick to your goals. Here are three ways to add healthy cues to your daily living to make it easier to make healthy choices:
Do you have a treat bowl on your kitchen counter, coffee table, or dinner table? Swap it with a variety of fruit. The attractive colours are likely to make you reach for a fruit the next time you are looking for a quick snack! Pair it with a handful of unsalted nuts and you have a satisfying snack.
Keep a reusable water bottle filled with water with you at all times so it’s ready for sipping instead of sugary drinks. If you don't like the taste of plain water, try adding sliced lemon, strawberries, and mint for a refreshing twist.
Store nourishing snacks, like cut up veggies, handy at eye level in your fridge. Put tempting treats at the back of the cupboard. Better yet, try to avoid bringing them home!
I look forward to this #100MealJourney and making healthy changes one meal at a time.
Happy Nutrition Month!
Are you ready to begin your healthy lifestyle journey but don't know where to start? Join me and many other women with The Muslimah’s Meal Plan!
Adapted from The Dietitians of Canada’s Nutrition Month Campaign Materials. Find more information about Nutrition Month at: www.nutritionmonth2016.ca