If you believe everything you read online, you may think there’s a great debate over whether eggs, coffee, salt or nearly any food is “good” or “bad” for you. In reality, there’s significant agreement on diet and health issues among Registered Dietitians, Nutritionists and other healthcare professionals. But, the general public can be misinformed about how to eat well and how to form healthy eating habits. As National Nutrition Month begins, Signature Medical Group and Registered Dietitian, Liz Erker, invite you to learn more about healthy eating and making nutrition goals.
By setting goals, one aims to work toward a desired outcome or behavior. When people work toward goals, they expect that they won’t be perfect at first, and are pleased with any progress. Rather than letting perfectionism work against them, they allow motivation and pride to work their magic instead of expecting overnight change. Over time, our habits become automatic and a new healthy eating habit is formed! The following tips can help you with meeting your goals:
- Eating For Health is a Process: It’s like raising children…….this is something we will do for the rest of our lives!
- Drink, drink, drink water!! Every cell in your body requires water, PLUS it helps you to metabolize fat, so drink up!
- Eat more plants! Fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans, peas, legumes provide vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants, water and FIBER that our bodies require.
- You are human: You are not perfect; so, don’t expect to be! Don’t beat yourself up…if you make a poor choice, simply ‘dust yourself off’ and return to the groove of drinking water and eating more plants.
- Stay Active: Your body is a machine which is meant to move, so get and stay moving! Aim for some sort of activity (even if it’s walking) 5-6 days a week.
- Take one day at a time: Set small, attainable goals, and gradually add more steps.
- Be proud of yourself for choosing to learn how to eat and live for health!
- Team Up: Have a friend who knows your goals, and encourage each other, even if you’re working on separate goals. This is another leg of support which will help you through each and every day.
Have an optimally healthy March and beyond!