It’s easy to get caught up in our busy lives and forget about our 2022 New Year’s resolutions. But don’t worry! March is National Nutrition Month and a perfect time to reset and re-engage your wellness resolutions.
This month, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles offers 4 tips to help you get back on track and thrive.
Manage stress for healthier eating
Many of us are facing the challenge of losing the “COVID 15.” Stress can lead to extra eating and snacking on junk food, so it’s more important than ever to manage stress levels, eat mindfully and move more. Keeping healthy snacks on hand and avoiding stress eating helps keep your snacking in check. Find healthy and delicious recipes from Kaiser Permanente clinicians at Kaiser Permanente’s Food for Health blog.
Take a break from screen time
If you are working from home, be mindful not to eat in front of a screen. Take a break from the computer or television to eat and focus on your food. Mindless or distracted eating often leads to added caloric intake. Be sure to block time in your calendar to make a healthy lunch and eat slowly at the table, savoring every bite.
Stock up with healthy items
Stock up on healthy pantry items, such as brown rice, whole grain pasta, canned or dried beans, tuna, peanut butter, and low-sodium pasta sauce. Take advantage of healthy frozen options such as frozen fruits and vegetables, fish, and meat.
Watch your beverages
Studies show that over 22% of calories consumed in the U.S. come from sugary or alcoholic beverages. Consuming these beverages can lead to weight gain over time and can contribute to conditions like pre-diabetes. Drink water, unsweetened iced teas, or sparkling water. Giver your water a kick with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime, or a small splash of 100% juice.