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National Nutrition Month: Tips & Tricks

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March is National Nutrition Month! Given the current happenings, it is now more important than ever to focus on your health. With that being said, there are plenty of ways you can improve your overall health, that don’t involve simply dieting. Check out these tips and tricks for National Nutrition Month.

Everything in Moderation

Often times, there are diet trends or this idea that you can’t eat sugar, carbs, etc. if you want to lose weight. However, too much of anything is bad for you. It’s important to eat everything in moderation! Monitor your portion sizes, and be sure to have a wide array of fruits and veggies in your meals. Having that cookie isn’t going to make you unhealthy, so long as you’re allowing it to be a treat and not something you do multiple times a day.

Create a Colorful Plate

According to Penn Medicine, more colors on your plate means a wider variety of fruits and vegetables, leading to a higher nutritional intake. When making your meals, make it a goal to fill your plate with a variety of fruits and vegetables. For example, yellows might come from citrus fruits, which contain high amounts of vitamin C. Fill your plate with oranges and yellow with different kinds of squash, packed with antioxidants and vitamins A and C. Additionally, potatoes can bring in shades of purple, red, orange, and white. Make it a goal to fill your plate with colors!

Drink Water

An obvious but simple health tip is to drink water. Beverages that are high in sugar or calories provide little to no nutritional benefit. According to Healthline, sugary drinks are often associated with obesity, heart disease, and other health problems. Try to avoid drinking useless calories, and drink water! Water benefits the body in many ways, such as increasing metabolism and boosting skin health. Additionally, drinking a glass of water before eating can help with your digestion and even help you to lose weight. This is because water simulates fullness, leading you to potentially eat less.

Get Your Sleep

Although diet plays a major role in your overall health, there are other aspects that can impact it as well, such as sleep. It’s easy to get wrapped up in your Netflix show or scrolling through Twitter, but it actually may be best to just go to bed. According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, sleeping less than 8 hours a night can lead to medical conditions like obesity, cardiovascular disease, immune function, and more. Other studies show that sleep deprivation can alter levels of hormones used for metabolism and stress response. Overall, it’s important to not risk the amount of sleep you get to watch that show or finish your work. Make it a priority to get in bed at a decent time!

Exercise

Exercising provides many health benefits, including reduced chances of diseases, maintaining a healthy weight, and improving your mood. Different types of exercise can benefit your body in different ways, but all will help you take steps toward a healthier lifestyle. Aerobic activity such as walking, jogging, and swimming can help reduce your chances of getting heart disease. Strength training with weights can improve your bone and muscle strength. Not only can exercise improve your body, but it can lead to improved mental health. Exercising releases serotonin and endorphins that can lead to an improved mood according to Health Direct. It can also help you to think more clearly. Next time you’re feeling restless with work, go for a walk outside to get your blood flowing!

Diet and lifestyle choices all have an impact on our overall health. It’s important to implement not only a healthy diet into our lives but also adequate sleep and exercise. Take care of your body with these tips for National Nutrition Month!

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