March is National Nutrition Month®. This is a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of making healthy nutrition and lifestyle choices. Join us to “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.” How, when, why and where you eat is just as important as what you eat. It’s all about finding ways to enjoy making healthier choices. After all, if you don’t like doing something, you are not as likely to stick with it.
Make a point to slow down and savor each eating experience. Take time to sit down at the dinner table to eat and make the environment pleasant. Things like setting the table, playing soft music, or lighting a centerpiece with candles helps focus attention on the meal. Believe it or not, this can help you manage your weight. When you eat too fast, it is easy to consume more calories than you realize. If you are not paying attention, you can quickly eat a large meal and still not feel satisfied. It really is true that it takes several minutes for the brain to receive fullness signals from the stomach. Rushing meals, eating in front of the TV, or anything that causes distractions while eating, can lead to overconsumption of calories and weight gain.
Do you or your family do things to make mealtime special? We would love for you to post your ideas.
*Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is hosting the National Nutrition Month Event