Nutrition is the foundation for health, both mentally and physically. It’s important to eat balanced meals and be conscious of sugar and sodium content in your snacks (there’s usually more than you think!) Changing your diet doesn’t have to be drastic or overwhelming, it simply starts by educating yourself and making more thoughtful choices at the grocery store – so cooking at home becomes an enjoyable option.

Below are a few tips for switching some of your everyday habits to improve overall health:

  • Stay hydrated! Drinking water frequently can increase energy and improve brain function.
  • Add some variety to your daily meals by mixing more fruits and vegetables onto your plate. For example: dark leafy greens such as kale and spinach add fiber, iron, calcium, and vitamins C and K.
  • Read food labels and familiarize yourself with serving sizes. Check out the “Added Sugars” line under Carbohydrates to see how many grams of sugar are added to the food. Make sure to look at the % DV of a specific nutrient or vitamin to gage your daily intake.
  • Don’t be afraid to try something new! Select a vegetable, fruit or whole grain food at the grocery store and find healthy recipes on how to prepare it for a meal.
  • Incorporate physical activity into your everyday routine – whether it’s a 30 minute walk, a HIIT workout, or even taking the stairs instead of the elevator!

More information and tips on how to improve your nutrition can be found on:

https://www.eatright.org/food/resources/national-nutrition-month/toolkit

*Always consult your doctor before changing your diet if you have preexisting conditions. A registered dietitian can help you set up a meal plan tailored to your nutritional needs.*