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National Nutrition Month

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics created National Nutrition Month, an annual campaign, to bring awareness to making healthy, smarter, informed food choices and develop-ins healthful eating and physical activity habits.

It’s hard to get real nutritious food when there are so many fast food options and processed foods. When we don’t get the vitamins and minerals the body needs we start to feel fatigue, weak, sluggish, unwell, immune system suffers, skin gets dull, nails become brittle, headaches, and more. We’re also more susceptible to developing chronic diseases including diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, obesity, and depression to name a few. Good nutrition is essential for keeping current and future generations healthy across the lifespan. A healthy diet helps children grow and develop properly and reduces their risk of developing chronic diseas-es. Adults who eat a healthy diet live longer and have a lower risk of heart disease, type 2 dia-betes, obesity, and certain cancers.

Most people in the United States don’t eat a healthy diet and consume too much saturated fat, sugar, and sodium, increasing their risk of chronic diseases. Fewer than 1 in 10 adolescents and adults eat enough fruits or vegetables; 6 in 10 youns people aged 2-19 years and 5 in 10 adults consume at least one sugary drink on any given day.

This month can be used as a reset and it gives us an opportunity to reflect inward and make tangible changes to our diets and physical activities. There is no need to completely overhaul your eating habits, start slow. Making small changes makes it more achievable to eating healthy and getting active. Some healthy tips include:

  • Choosing water like tap or unsweetened, bottled or sparkling water, over sugary drinks like soda or juice.
  • Focus on whole fruits, they can be fresh or frozen. Dried fruit and canned is good too just watch out for added sugar and syrups.
  • Eat a variety of vegetables. Make sure that ½ of your plate is filled with colorful vegetables and fruits. Choose vegetables and fruits that are in season too.
  • Choose whole-grain versions of bread, pasta, or tortillas. Have you tried zucchini noodles instead of grain pasta? Another healthy alternative!
  • Eat a variety of protein foods like beans, seafood, lean meats, poultry, nuts and seeds.
    Pack/cook your meals more often, instead of eating out or hitting the drive thru.
  • Shop the perimeter of our grocery store and avoid the processed food aisles.
    Move more! Being active 2-3 times per week is great for your over all health, keeping your heart strong.
  • Add a muti vitamin supplement to your daily regimen especially if your eating more processed foods then whole natural foods.

This month we recommend CHF #28 Greens, a specially formulated preparation containing chlorella and other micro-nutrients and CHF #45 Protein+ Multi powder drink mix that is high in protein concentrate with added enzymes and multi-vitamins. Its comes in two vummy flavors French Vanilla and Dutch Chocolate.