National Nutrition Month: Be a Work in Progress

From the Author National Nutrition Month

Lifestyle changes don’t happen overnight. That’s why the this year’s National Nutrition Month® theme, Put Your Best Fork Forward, encourages a shift toward lasting healthy eating habits through bite-sized steps, now and over time.

In other words: Be a work in progress.

Break long-term goals into smaller, more manageable changes to implement each day, week, month — whatever works. Sometimes you’ll go a mile, sometimes just a step, and both are okay! As you move forward, these incremental shifts in the right direction add up to help keep you happy and healthy for the long-haul.

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Savor the Flavor of Eating Right + Chipotle Vanilla Smoked Salmon

Eat Well Edibles National Nutrition Month Recipe

We all need food to survive. But food is about more than just eating.

In my opinion, life is better with food prepared with a focus on freshness and flavor, made with love, and taken in good company — even if the food is repurposed leftovers and the company is your cats. It’s about pleasure as much as fuel, embracing nourishing options and healthy practices, not restriction or austerity.

All of these things bring me great joy. To me, this year’s National Nutrition Month® theme Savor the Flavor of Eating Right matches my own beliefs that if you relish the present, you nourish the future. With a focus on making healthy eating synonymous with eating well, the theme encourages creativity and exploration of new foods, cuisines, and cooking techniques to keep taste buds happy.

Brined chipotle vanilla salmon

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Fueling a Healthy, Active Lifestyle: What, When + Why

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The Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle theme for National Nutrition Month® 2015 draws attention to lifestyle habits that will keep you happy and healthy for the long-term, and ultimately help decrease your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and many other chronic diseases.

At its core is not only the nutrition piece you might expect – trying to consume fewer calories and choosing healthful foods – but also a focus on fitness to achieve and sustain a healthy weight through daily exercise.

The current guidelines for adults* recommend a weekly minimum of 150 minutes of aerobic exercise, like walking, with intervals of at least 10 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic exercise (e.g., brisk walking, dancing, biking on flat terrain) OR 75 minutes of either vigorous exercise (e.g., jogging, tennis, biking hills or swimming laps) or a combination of both moderate and vigorous activity. [An easy method to meet the weekly goal: aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day, which can be further broken up into two 15-minute intervals per day.]

Waukesha Race07

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9 Reasons to Exonerate Eggs + How I Do Omelets

Eat Well Edibles National Nutrition Month Recipe

Eggs seem to fall in and out of disrepute as often as hemlines change, with the prevailing thought often trending toward fear rather than favor.

Research has consistently demonstrated that the nutrients found in eggs benefit your body head to toe – from brain, eyes, skin and hair, to heart, bones, veins and arteries. And even with recent nutrition recommendations from top researchers suggesting we embrace eggs as part of a healthy diet, there is still much trepidation. A sad truth for a dietitian whose household loves eggs.

Below I highlight several of their many benefits, as part of my National Nutrition Month® tips series. For your patience with this wordier than usual post, a recipe for my unconventional take on the omelet awaits you at the finish line.

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