National Nutrition Month

March is here! March is probably my favorite month - for several reasons. The approach of Spring (my favorite season) hangs in the air like the smell of sweet hyacinths just waiting to wake up. The birds start singing in the morning again, new growth starts to peek out of the ground, and not to mention the start of berry season is in sight.

March is also my favorite month because with it comes several celebrations, and who doesn't like a party? In March, we celebrate my birthday (yay!), Beautycounter's birthday (yay!), AND National Nutrition Month and Registered Dietitian's Day. It's like a month-long party!

So now that we are all on the same page with how exciting the month of March is, let's talk about ways that you can celebrate National Nutrition Month.

1. Try new produce - have you ever walked through the produce section at the grocery store and looked at everything? It's beautiful, isn't it? See anything you haven't ever tried but you've always wondered about? This is your month to give it a try, Friend. Not sure how to eat/prepare the item? Ask me or use the vast resources on the internet to find a delicious recipe or way to prepare the food. Let me know what you end up trying!

2. Plan a garden! With Spring just on the horizon, now is the time to start planning your Summer garden. Think about what foods you most often enjoy eating and have interest in growing. Raised beds are a great place to start! Decide where you will put it - somewhere that gets at least 6 hours of sun/day, and don't forget to protect your little garden from the critters. For a really cute book about becoming a gardener that will help kids get excited, but also impart some practical wisdom about perseverance, check out "We Are the Gardeners" by Joanna Gaines + Kids.

3. Meal prep, meal prep, meal prep - the best laid intentions always seem to fall apart when it comes to implementation if there is not a plan to prep. You know - those days you take time to find recipes that look healthy and appetizing, make a list, go to the store, do your shopping - just for the produce to sit in your fridge untouched while you pick up takeout. We are all guilty - and sometimes life just gets busy. Flexibility is important, but so is planning and prepping. In addition to meal planning and shopping, schedule in a bit of time to get organized. Wash and chop produce for recipes and snacks, and store with labels (so your spouse or kids don't come in and eat all of the key ingredient for Tuesday night's dinner) - then when it comes time to cooking, you aren't having to spend that time getting that done, and the meal seems a whole lot less daunting. Not sure what to eat? Reach out and let's talk! I could talk food all day, everyday (good thing I'm a dietitian, right?)

4. I normally like to stick to 3 tips - short and sweet and easier to remember. But I just had to include this 4th tip here. If you've been struggling with health concerns or confusion over what to eat for a while, this month is your month. What better time to start working on your nutrition than National Nutrition Month? If you feel that you could use some help, click this link to schedule a completely free Nourished Clarity Call with me to talk through what all is going on and how I might be able to help.

So there you have it - week 1 of National Nutrition Month. We are going to be celebrating all month long, and I have some exciting things planned. I hope you will join in on the fun! How are you going to celebrate?

In Health, Katie