November is Good Nutrition Month

Nov 18, 2015
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As the days start getting cooler outside, it can be tempting to stay inside and munch on snacks while sipping on rich, high calorie beverages. While it is important to ensure we’re making time for ourselves to relax, we may not notice that we’re adding quite a few extra calories to our daily intake, and not necessarily getting outside as much to burn them off. But, don’t despair. With a little creativity and effort, there’s always a way to make sure we get to treat ourselves, while maintaining a healthy body and mind especially when fighting a serious illness like cancer.

November is ‘Good nutrition month.’ Of course focusing on a healthy diet is something we should pay attention to 365 days of the year, but let’s be real: eating healthy can get boring if we’re not sure how to spice up our menu options. The benefits of a healthy diet that is rich in vegetables and lean proteins has been proven to support a positive mental state, stave off fatigue, and bolster the immune system.

Fall offers us an abundance of root vegetable recipes that are loaded with flavor and will make plenty to feed a large group. As the holidays approach, there’s always more room to take advantage of temptation as our co-workers bring treats to the office, and we attend holiday gatherings. It can be tricky to balance intake of sweets while watching a low-sugar diet. It is always best to consult a registered dietitian or your physician for any dietary questions.

It is also always nice to know that we’re not alone in our effort to stay away from the cookie table. What are some methods that have worked for you in the past?

Here are some suggestions to help support us when we’re faced with too many good things to eat.

 

  • Make sure to eat a balanced, healthy meal before arriving to a party. Having a full stomach will greatly minimize the need for excessive snacking.
  • Try to add an extra 20 to 30 minutes of exercise throughout the week to help maintain willpower and strong muscles.
  • Be proactive about socializing!
  • Bring some flavored mineral water or a low calorie beverage with you so that you do not become dehydrated.

Make sure to have fun and enjoy the extra time to spend with family and loved ones!

Author: Heather Randall



  • bobl07

    Thank you Heather! I really loved your suggestions on sweets. Considering that we are in the middle of the Holiday season.