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March 25, 2014

National Nutrition Month®: Week 4 Healthy Living Tips

Congratulations, you made it to the LAST WEEK of National Nutrition Month®.

We hope you've found these tips and ideas helpful and that you've been able to create healthy habits that will not only last for the rest of the month but for years to come.

Check out the FULL version of the
31 Days of Healthy Living calendar

Say No to Artificial Trans Fats

Trans fats are also known as partially hydrogenated oils. They are made by mixing unsaturated fats with hydrogen gas at a high heat to make them resemble saturated fats. In the long term, consumption of trans fats raises the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, depression and many more diseases.

Go Fiber!

Fiber can help keep us full, and studies show that people who eat high fiber diets weigh less than those who do not. Other health benefits of fiber include reducing bad cholesterol, controlling blood sugar, and keeping your digestive system healthy.

Eat Something Blue

A diet rich in blue and purple foods can have anti-aging benefits, help prevent urinary tract problems, and reduce your risk of cancer. Blackberries, blueberries, eggplants, and plums are a few good options you should throw into your cart next time you’re at the store!

Reuse, Reuse, Reuse

Reusable grocery totes are a great way to be earth friendly, but these bags can harbor bacteria that can lead to food poisoning. Wash reusable bags frequently and keep meat, poultry, and fish in separate totes away from produce and ready to eat foods.

Eat Right Before Exercise

Eating proper foods before working out can give you the energy you need so you don’t feel burned out. Eat a meal 3-4 hours beforehand that is high in carbohydrates and contains some protein, fat, and fiber.

Rethink Your Drinks

Added sugars in soft drinks, energy drinks, and sport drinks can contribute to weight gain by making us consume excess calories throughout the day. Make healthier drink choices by switching to water or low-fat milk, drinking 100% juice, or sipping on flavored seltzer water.

Slow Down

It takes about 20 minutes for our bodies to realize we are full. Instead of eating until you are full, eat until you are satisfied. This will help to prevent overeating and reduce caloric intake. 

Give Yourself a Pat on the Back

This month has been full of new ideas and challenges to help you adopt a healthy lifestyle. Keep up the great work!


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