March is National Nutrition Month, and this year the theme promoted is “Go Further with Food”. This week’s Wellness Wednesday tip focuses on how you can feel better and do more by considering the foods you fuel your body with.
- Food Timing- When you eat can affect how you feel both physically and mentally. Some people cringe at the thought of food in the morning, while others feel shaky if they don’t start the day with something to eat. Some can go to bed and sleep soundly after a large dinner, while others will toss and turn all night if they eat too closely to bed time. Think about your own tendencies and how meal timing affects you. If you’re a breakfast person, plan and make a habit of eating a balanced breakfast each morning before you leave for the day. Don’t risk feeling sluggish or rely on the vending machine choices to power a sharp mind and strong body.
- Consider Your Health Goals- Wanting to lower your blood sugars? Then selecting foods with protein and fiber will help regulate your blood sugars and help you ultimately feel better. Interested in gaining more muscle? Then make sure you include a source of protein and carbs before and after your workouts. Whatever your goals are, do some research or seek the guidance of a nutritionist to help you find the foods that will best help you achieve your goals.
- Think Food Before Vitamins/Supplements- Nutrition supplements are intended to serve as back-up for food, not a replacement. The truth is that most people don’t even need these expensive products if they are conscientious about what they eat. As an example, if you’re looking for more protein in your diet, consider eggs or skinless chicken; both are a great source of protein and contain many more nutrients than you’ll find a tub of protein powder.
Back to Cleveland and back to reality this week after returning from vacation. This goes for my workouts too; no more slipping out of bed at 9am for a late morning fitness class. I’m back to balancing a demanding work schedule with my health and fitness goals.
So here’s the lowdown on what I did to move my body and steady my mind this week-
This week the American Heart Association (AHA) released Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease, an advisory article detailing the harmful effects of saturated fats in the development of cardiovascular disease. Almost immediately, people all over the world gave their jars of coconut, once touted as the cure-all for anything, a second look.
So often the word “wellness” is tied to weight and the physical body. And while wellness and feelings of wellbeing may be enhanced through weight loss for some people, it’s not the general rule of thumb.