How do you “Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle”?

13 03 2015


I'm Blogging National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month(r), and this is a great time to remind ourselves how important our food choices, as well as other lifestyle choices, are to our health and well-being. This year’s theme from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is “Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle”. It focuses on encouraging us to make healthy food choices and be physically active to help promote a healthy weight. We know that overweight and obesity are significant problems nationwide, and one of the most significant health issues of our state. But, making great choices doesn’t just help us maintain a healthy weight. It also improves overall health, reduces risk factors for chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer, and can even improve mood and self-confidence. I don’t know how many of our participants tell me every day how eating healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and high quality protein, and getting regular exercise, have made them feel stronger, given them more energy, and made them feel good about what they are doing for their bodies and their health!
Since we know that small changes can make a big difference in our health, I asked all of our staff just how they bite into a healthy lifestyle! Here are some great healthy lifestyle hacks, from your professionals at the PEIA Weight Management Program:
Angy El-Khatib, Graduate Assistant: “I try to eat all the colors of the rainbow in fruits & veggies every day.”
Tammy Sheehy, Graduate Assistant: “I have scheduled work out times throughout my week so that it becomes part of my normal routine. I also exercise with a partner which helps to keep accountability.”
Janaina Lima Fogaca, Graduate Assistant: “I try to avoid eating out more than twice per week and have my exercise sessions planned at the beginning of each week.”
Dr. Sam Zizzi, Director: “I offer my kids fruit as their first option when they are hungry. We also often cut up fruit in the evening before bed so that it is readily available”.
Myia Welsh, Program Supervisor: “I walk to work. We do walk and talks instead of sitting meetings. I keep sweet herbal teas on hand at all times to fight my evening sweets cravings and to help get in just a little more water.”
Stephanie McWilliams, Health Behavior Specialist: “For me and my family, I make as many foods at home as possible. When using a recipe, I try to operate under the thought of “just one step better”. Little substitutions or deletions can help get rid of unnecessary calories, decrease fat, and increase overall nutrition…but things still taste yummy!”
Kelly Stubna, Health Behavior Specialist: “I always park far away from the building, and I also have a ‘no sit down’ rule: If I need to run home before my workout, I am not allowed to sit down at any point in time while doing what I came home to do. Usually once a person sits down at home, it’s over, they don’t get back up.”
Kaitlyn Shaffer, Program Coordinator: “I walk to and from work (and occasionally home for lunch and back) every day. I also take the stairs instead of the elevator.”
Delorean White, Administrative Secretary: “I limit myself to one trip in the drive thru per week, and I go to Rec Center on my lunch break to exercise.”
Cathy Shaw, RD Program Coordinator: “I start every day with a healthy breakfast-oats with skim milk, berries and nuts, or whole grain dry cereal with milk and juice. As a family we try to pick one new healthy recipe to try at least every other week for variety. I also plan meals and snacks weekly to make it easier to shop and prep some things in advance to fit our very busy lifestyle. Oh, and exercise is just a given-always part of the day.”

Take a bite out of these great recipes, then share with us how you bite into a healthy lifestyle!

Roasted Red Pepper and Fresh Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breast: (I actually only used 4oz of fresh mozzarella for this-1oz per 4oz chicken breast) http://www.yummly.com/recipe/Roasted-Red-Pepper_-Mozzarella-and-Basil-Stuffed-Chicken-988622

Like the ease of the crock pot instead? Crock Pot Balsamic Chicken: http://www.hungryhealthyhappy.com/slow-cooker-balsamic-chicken/

Prep ahead breakfast ideas? Make ahead oatmeal packets and simple baked eggs:

http://www.theyummylife.com/Instant_Oatmeal_Packets
http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/simple-baked-eggs

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