March is National Nutrition Month!
As the weather begins to warm up, we begin to feel called outdoors more. The crocuses, daffodils, pansies, and violets begin to bloom inviting our sense of sight to enjoy the colors. As the fruit trees blossom, the sweet smells floating in the air remind us of the delicious bounty to arrive soon. As our senses become enlivened, our mouths begin to water in anticipation of tasting our favorite fruits and vegetables right from our own gardens or our local organic farmer’s market!
With the renewed energy of Spring, we can devote some of our self-care to celebrate National Nutrition Month this month. Below I provide intention-setting ideas to consider this month. It is my hope you will consider trying one!
- Read Labels. Consider setting an intention this month to read the labels on the food you buy. This intention would be to simply raise your awareness of the nutritional value, not necessarily to change what you eat. Change doesn’t happen unless we are aware.
- Try a new fruit/veggie. Perhaps you set an intention to try a new fruit or vegetable each week this month. I remember when I simply thought “I don’t like brussels sprouts.” Boy was I wrong!! Now I can’t get enough of them. The same goes for mangos on the fruit side. I guess we grew up with what fruits and vegetables our parents either grew, liked, or cooked. If we didn’t like them, we might have shut down options that we might find delicious now. We never had brussels sprouts growing up, so they were not even on my list of possibilities. Now I miss them when spring comes around!
- Eat more meals as a family. Honor how food can bring people together by scheduling more family meals. Then perhaps consider challenging everyone at the table to identify the top nutrients that are provided by the food being served/eaten.
- Explore Food Recovery Options. Consider researching the EPA’s Food Recovery Hierarchy to learn how to reduce food waste. There are so many food delivery options available these days and we choose Imperfect Foods to support the reduction of food waste. If this might resonate with you, check out their website here.
- See a Nutritionist. Whether you see a Registered Dietician or an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, both are food and nutrition experts that can provide guidance on what foods are best for you. We all have unique constitutions, so what works for one will not work for all. To be successful, an eating plan must be individualized and consider the whole person, including any health conditions. Perhaps set an intention to schedule a consultation with a nutrition expert this year to learn more about options for including healthier practices into your life.
As always, if you try any of these intention-setting ideas for holistic health, I would love to hear about the impact they might have had for you. Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to share!