March is National Nutrition Month, which presents a great opportunity for us to shift our focus back to our health. Many of us probably kicked off the New Year with resolutions to eat healthier, exercise more and generally take better care of ourselves. As the months go by, it’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of life and lose sight of those resolutions.
So, this is the perfect time to make a few small tweaks to our daily routines in an effort to improve our physical and mental health, along with our eating habits. We all know small changes can add up to big results. Here are 4 easy changes you can start making today to improve your overall health:Small changes can add up to big results. Make these 4 easy changes to improve your overall health : Click To Tweet
- Schedule Your Workouts– Don’t give up on your exercise goals! If you’re feeling bored, try a new fitness class to change things up. If you find yourself skipping workouts, take the time to schedule them. Adding them to your calendar makes it more likely you’ll stick to them!
- Make Small Swaps – When it comes to food, small swaps are an easy way to make a big difference without leaving you feeling like you’re on a restrictive diet. Want to cut back on carbs? Swap wheat pasta for veggie noodles at dinner a couple nights a week. When cooking, try using Greek yogurt instead of butter to add protein and cut back on fat. Feel like you’re eating too much sugar? Swap fruit purees and other natural sweeteners for granulated sugar in your favorite baking recipes.
- Spend 1 hour doing food prep– When your week gets busy and you’re pressed for time, it’s easy to do things like skip breakfast, run through the drive thru or hit up the vending machine. Instead, spend an hour prepping some healthy meal and snack options on Sunday so you have them available during the week.
- Stop multi-tasking– You might feel like you’re doing more if you work on a lot of things at once, but it’s usually better to focus on just one thing at a time. Pick a task, give it your full attention for a set amount of time and then move onto the next. You’ll feel more focused because your brain won’t be pulled in a million directions, which is good for your mental health!
Try some of these easy tips to improve both your mental and physical health!
Here are some healthy recipes to try this month:
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Regan Jones is Cabot’s National Nutrition Communications Manager and the main voice behind @CabotRD on Twitter. Self-described as a “registered dietitian by education and food-lover by birth,” she writes for the Cabot Creamery Blog from her home in Georgia.