Tuesday, February 28, 2012

March is National Nutrition Month!

Personally, I feel every month should be national nutrition month! What we put in our bodies is so important that if we pay a little more attention daily to nutrition, it makes a huge difference! This doesn't mean that we have to be perfect and our diets free of all impurities, but paying closer attention to our foods really does effect how we feel day to day. Yes, day to day. We all know that years of poor eating can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease and more but what so many of us don't pay attention to is the way our diet can effect us daily. Small daily diet changes can improve sleep, reduce stress, promote weight loss, decrease pain, improve bowel movement and so much more. Take for example someone who has a constant phlegm, often diagnosed as allergies. This is commonly due to a sensitivity to dairy, and eliminating or reducing dairy in the diet may rid the constant phlegm. Another example are people with asthma, many asthmatics have dramatic improvements in breathing from modifying their diet to eliminate dairy, msg, high fructose corn syrup and other common trigger foods. These are just two examples that demonstrate how what we eat each day effects how we feel. Everyday I work with people on helping them improve their diet so that they can optimize the way they feel. From reducing inflammatory foods to decrease pain or aid in weight loss, to investigating individual foods to improve sleep or bowel function, the focus is on feeling great.
In honor of national nutrition month I encourage you to listen to your body and the way you feel, take inventory of your diet and think of ways that you can start today to improve your diet. Make sure you include fruits and vegetables into your diet, reduce your sugars, and exercise! Everything in moderation is key to a successful diet change!