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National Nutrition Month: March

National Nutrition Month is celebrated in the month of March in the United States. Being educated and informed about nutrition is very important to your health and wellbeing. Eating a properly balanced diet can boost your mood, the appearance of your skin, your immune system, and much more. Because of the significant role nutrition plays in our health, we are going to provide you with several ways to celebrate and honor the national strive for living a healthy lifestyle. 

Consume a variety of foods every day.

Eating meals that contain a little bit of everything (carbs, protein, vegetables, fruit, fiber, fats, etc.) is always a good way to maintain a balanced diet. Consuming foods that are rich in vitamins and nutrients can reduce your risk for heart disease, certain types of cancer, and other detrimental diseases later in life. 

Meal plan and prep.

Put a little thought and effort into what you eat for your three meals per day. Many adults live a very busy lifestyle, so when you don’t put any planning into what you will eat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, it is easy to fall into the takeout trap. It’s too easy and convenient to pass up when you don’t have any meal plans or groceries at home. Meal planning can be very simple and easy. There are numerous websites that provide free meal plans, so you are sure to find something that you would enjoy. Make a grocery list based on that meal plan, and go shopping. If your job doesn’t allow you to come home and cook lunch, consider meal prepping for the week. This is a time-saving way to incorporate nutritious and cooked meals into your lunch hour. 

See a registered dietitian nutritionist.

If you feel that you aren’t capable of making nutritional decisions that will optimize your health, consider visiting a registered dietitian nutritionist. These professionals excel in creating nutritional plans that are specifically based on your health and your goals. If you suffer from diabetes, an auto-immune disease, severe allergies, or other health conditions, a registered dietitian nutritionist will be able to provide you with a diet that will better your way of life, based specifically on your condition. 
At First Care Clinics, we are adamant about promoting a healthy lifestyle, and a nutrient-filled diet plays a key role in this process. Visit your local First Care Clinic if you are feeling sick. The quality of your diet can even help you start feeling better quicker!