Ah…March. For some people March is all about St. Patty’s Day green, libations (yep – I actually used that word) and celebrations. For others March is about spring break or clocks springing forward for more time in the sunshine.
For Dietitians however, March is all about National Nutrition Month®.
Every year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics – the originators of this monthly observance – introduce a new tag line intended to steer the educational messaging for the month. While my all-time favorite tag line remains “All Foods Can Fit”, I have to admit that this year’s theme “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle” has the same compassionate flair.
I know that the constant back and forth of nutrition science and nutrition trends can be exhausting. So it’s nice to hear that a healthy lifestyle can actually be achieved one bite at a time…baby steps.
And, it’s always a good reminder that healthy eating really can taste good too. That’s not just something the skinny people tell themselves so they’ll choose carrots over candy bars. It’s all about playing with flavors beyond fat, sugar and salt.
And a secret that most people miss in this year’s tagline that ties back to the “big picture wellness” I’m always referring to is that nutrition is part of a healthy lifestyle. To truly live healthfully, you have to balance eating well with being active while not getting so stressed out about every single calorie that you drive yourself crazy. Food is meant to be enjoyed within a healthy lifestyle.
So how do you know which diet or way of eating is really best? Fortunately, a team of crazy smart people scour a whole ocean of nutrition research to come up with guidelines that are the best for most people (ages 2 and up)… and the result is the Dietary Guidelines.
As sterile as the Dietary Guidelines seem, they are the basis of many of the popular diet plans, programs, and recommendations out there. The guidelines are updated every 5 years and the next update is on the verge of release. In anticipation of the release, the advisory committee recently produced a preliminary report – a sneak peek into this gold standard that will become official in a few short months. While the entire 571-page report is a bit dry, the message is oh so juicy.
Like many of you, I live a busy life. So I always appreciate a bulleted list, chart or 140-character summary to serve as a modern day Cliff Notes of what I need to know.
So to give you the gift of time, I’ve summarized the key points of the report in this fancy infographic. Pin it, add it to your Facebook feed or send it to your friends but CERTAINLY leave me a comment to let me know if this was a helpful way of simplifying the update. I’d also LOVE to hear what one action you plan to take as a result of reading this. Seriously…doesn’t this simplify things a bit?
If you need a little more information for eating right, join my email subscribers list! You’ll get even more bonus material that I only send to my V.I.Peeps.
And if you really need some hand-holding… I got you. Sign up for some one-on-one coaching with yours truly. I’ve helped hundreds of others – I can help you too.