National Nutrition Month 2017

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“Put Your Best Fork Forward”


This month we celebrate National Nutrition Month. National Nutrition Month is an “education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics which focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits.”

This year, the academy is encouraging us to put our best fork forward! This motto is meant to inspire us to start with small changes in our eating habits, one forkful at a time. I feel that this year’s motto not only can inspire us to make changes in our eating habits but also positive changes in other areas of our lives.

One way that I plan on putting my best fork forward this year is by eating out less and meal planning more efficiently. I tend to grocery shop and at times end up throwing out items that have gone bad since I did not plan out my meals appropriately. One resource I found that may also be helpful to you is Super Cook. Here is where you can access the website: On this site you can select an ingredient, whether it is very common or more obscure, and it will generate new recipes for you to try! This will not only help you reduce waste but also help control your grocery cost as well as inspire you to try new recipes while utilizing ingredients already in your kitchen.

I am someone who likes to write lists and check things off when I complete them. Some days I will have ten items on my list and try to accomplish all ten things in a day’s time! I will try to get everything done quickly just so I can check them off my list. This is not necessarily the most realistic and efficient way to do things. This also applies to our eating and health habits. Make a list of all the goals you’d like to accomplish. Some may be big things like losing 50 pounds, whereas other things may be smaller like adding an extra serving of fruit or vegetables to your diet each day. You may try to, or want to, check everything off quickly like I try to do with my to-do lists. As my Dad always says, “Rome wasn’t built in a day!” Some goals may take you a week to achieve and others may take you a year. You may try and fail one or ten times. All that matters is that you dust yourself off, try again if that goal is in your heart and put your best fork forward!