March is National Nutrition Month and the Registered Dietitian Nutritionists at CONCI feel privileged to help our patients improve and achieve better health though proper nutrition and weight management. We enjoy working with each and every one of you!
Changing habits and establishing new ones can be daunting, frustrating, and challenging. Remind yourself that change takes time and patience. It makes sense to approach change by taking “baby steps” rather than expecting major change to happen overnight.
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Here are a few “small but mighty” habit changes the RDNs suggest to improve overall health through better nutrition and lifestyle modification:
- Take a walk around the perimeter of a grocery store. That is where the majority of your food should come from. Fresh produce, fresh meats and seafood, low-fat dairy and wholesome grains.
- Use the “APPLE TRICK’ when a craving strikes. When you crave a salty or sweet treat, ask yourself if you would be satisfied eating an apple. If the answer is yes, you are hungry and eating is appropriate. If the answer is no, you are responding to something other than hunger. Asking yourself this question will interrupt your “automatic pilot” response to a craving.
- Think of a buffet as an invitation to overeat. Stay away from them. There are better places to eat.
- Keep cut-up fruits and vegetables and a bowl of hard boiled eggs in the fridge at all times. These are ready-to-eat snack alternatives to junk food. Albeit not your typical go-to snacks, these foods are nutrition-packed and can help with hunger control.
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Fran Matteson, MS, RD