Whether your 2016 resolutions are going great or are completely forgotten, March is a chance to introduce new healthy habits to the kitchen, and your life… it’s National Nutrition Month!
We all want to live a healthy lifestyle, eat balanced and nutritious meals, and exercise regularly, but sometimes it can seem like an impossible challenge. While there are many ways to live a healthier lifestyle, National Nutrition Month is a great time to highlight a few easy steps everyone can take to kickstart healthier habits:
- Cook Your Own Meals
Whether it’s every day or twice a week, cooking something from scratch with wholesome ingredients has many benefits: not only do you get to customize your meal to your tastes, you’ll also appreciate your dinner more knowing what went into making it. Kids also love helping in the kitchen—give them a simple job, and whipping up lunch or dinner is a family activity! There’s nothing better than sitting down to a meal prepared by you and your loved ones. Plus, one study shows that people who cook at home eat less calories than those who cook less.
- Practice Mindful Eating
It’s so easy to settle down at the end of a long day for dinner in front of the television, computer, or even a book. But think twice about eating your meal in front of the evening news, or while furiously flipping the pages of a gripping mystery novel—it can lead to overeating, and not truly enjoying your meal. Mindful eating means more than paying attention to portions, it’s also about noticing sensations in the body as you eat: the smell of the food, the texture, and whether you like the taste or not.
The Center of Mindful Eating suggests that through mindful eating, you can improve your ability to read your body’s queues, and understand when you’re truly hungry, and when you’re sated. Eating mindfully can also potentially lead to weight loss, and help those with complicated relationships to food.
- Meatless Mondays
If you’re not a vegetarian yourself, you probably know someone who is! Some choose vegetarianism for the health benefits, others for environmental factors, or animal cruelty reasons. Whether you eat meat or not, however, trying out Meatless Monday is a great way to shake up your routine and add an extra dose of veggies to your diet. Removing meat from your plate even one day a week can lower your risk for cancer, and reduce your carbon footprint. Plus, there are so many easy recipes that make Meatless Monday easy as pie!
Try out one or all of these ideas during National Nutrition Month to establish a new healthy lifestyle and see if they work for you!
And for any event that’s too big for cooking from scratch in your own kitchen, Georgie’s is there to prepare a customized meal.
And, don’t stop with National Nutrition Month… with vegetarian, wheat-free, dairy-free, and other healthy focused menu options, you can mindfully eat your Meatless Monday meal at your event catered by Georgie’s! Contact us for more details!