By Lauren Weaver, Texas A&M Intern
Is It Really All or Nothing?
The road to good health can seem so intimidating! We’re constantly surrounded with extreme nutrition advice. Especially around the beginning of the year when everyone’s resolution seems to revolve around weight loss. Go on a juice cleanse, workout for two hours a day, go vegan, try eating only meat, and the list goes on. It’s no wonder people feel defeated before they’ve even began.
Let’s set a couple of things straight. First, better health doesn’t always mean weight loss. Second, no – health isn’t an all or nothing approach!
Eat Right, Bite by Bite
March is National Nutrition Month®, and this year’s theme is “Eat Right, Bite by Bite.” The hope behind this message is that people see that every bite counts. Every step you make to improve your health is a step in the right direction. Every step makes a difference.
Try a Bite
Try making realistic, attainable goals for yourself. If being active every day isn’t something you can do right now, start with two days a week. If making half of your plate fruits and vegetables seems impossible, start by including a fruit or vegetable in every meal. What matters is that you start.
Check out these ideas and take a bite for your health!
- Try eating a new fruit or vegetable.
- Cook a meal together as a family.
- Get active in a fun new way – dance, yoga, frisbee golf – the possibilities are endless!
- Start exercising two days a week.
- Include a fruit or vegetable in snacks and meals.
- Pack a homemade lunch instead of going out to eat.
Taking a first step can lead to other steps. Remember, we all start somewhere! Just take a step, take a bite, and eat right, bite by bite.