March Is Nutrition Month!
Every year for the entire month of March we celebrate Nutrition Month. The purpose of Nutrition Month’s is to provide Canadians with helpful nutrition tips and resources that can be used to succeed. Every year the Dietitians of Canada, in collaboration with dietitian across Canada choose a different Nutrition Month theme.
This years theme is “Take a 100 Meal Journey: Make Small Changes One Meal at a Time.” Did you know that within every month there is about 100 meals eaten? As a result there is actually 100 different times within this month to start making small changes to improve your nutrition. In collaboration with the Dietitians of Canada, over the entire month of March I will be providing you with some strategies to that work for you to improve your meals and snacks.
Week 1: Get ready!
For the first week, start thinking about what you want to change. Are there any eating habits you wish to modify? To start, think of easy small changes, and try to limit your changes to three. It can be very overwhelming when too many changes are made at once. Some examples could be:
- Eat more fruits and vegetables
- Consume less pop or sugary drinks
- Increase fiber through whole grains
- Have three meals a day (no skipping!)
- Have fish at least two times per week
- Have a “healthy plate” at all meals
Once you have three things you wish to change, set goals. Goals will help you be realistic in achieving your changes. One way that can help is making SMART goals. If you have not heard of SMART goals before, I will walk you through them below.
SMART Goals stands for: Specific, Measurable, Action-oriented, Realistic, and Timely.
Here is an example:
Once you have three small goals, put them in action. If you need some help making your goals, feel free to contact me! I can help by looking at your diet and finding easy ways to make some positive changes today. Let’s get started.
Stay tuned for more tips!
Adapted from The Dietitians of Canada’s Nutrition Month Campaign Materials. Find more information about Nutrition Month at: http://www.nutritionmonth2016.ca