It’s time to welcome in another National Nutrition Month, and we’re head-over-heels for this year’s theme: Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle! Whether it’s cutting back on carbs or going vegetarian, people are taking a hard look at how they nourish their bodies during National Nutrition Month! Are you?
Now is a great chance to create some healthy changes in your lifestyle – you know, the ones you told yourself you were going to make in January? It’s okay – it happens! We know there are plenty of fad diets and health trends out there, but don’t waste your time getting lost in the battle of “Fad Diet 1 vs Fad Diet 2”. The truth is, there’s more than one way to bite into a healthy lifestyle.
In fact, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics states that “there’s no one diet that is right for everyone, so it’s important to follow a healthful eating plan that’s packed with tasty foods and that keeps your unique lifestyle in mind”.
Feeling inspired to make changes that fit your unique goals and lifestyle, but aren’t sure where to start? We’ve got some ideas to get you going:
Complete a TLS® Weight Loss Profile
When you’re making changes, it helps to know what the problem is – right? This simple but thorough quiz is just where to start! We believe that weight loss is personal and that it should be customizable to suit your goals and lifestyle, which is why we created a quiz to figure out what fits you best! With this Weight Loss Profile, you’ll answer a set of questions designed to analyze your current habits, goals, and obstacles. Those answers will be used to pair you with the best customized meal plans and supplements to get you on the right track!*
Find What Feels Good
And no, we don’t just mean what tastes good! While things like sodas and sweets may taste great, how great do you feel once all that sugar is in your system? Or, how about a raw-vegan diet? Your coworker’s aunt’s friend might have lost weight and run her first marathon on nothing but raw plants and sunshine, but does that make your body and brain feel good, too?
It’s crucial to widen the scope and consider what makes your body, brain, and stomach feel good. If living a plant-based lifestyle helps you feel focused and energized, there’s your go-to! If you feel best with meat and dairy on your plate – phenomenal! Make the choices that are right for you, and make sure they’re choices you enjoy.
Learn Your Labels
Most of the information you need about a food is right on the label, but those things can be tricky to read – especially with the recent updates! These changes will help you determine which foods are good sources of dietary fiber, offer essential vitamins + nutrients, and which are lower in unhealthy ingredients like saturated + trans fats, sodium, and added sugars.
Become a healthier shopper by taking the time to read the Nutrition Facts panel, and you’ll figure out that choosing healthy foods isn’t hard at all! Of course, sales terms and false advertisements can add a layer of difficulty. Here are some common sales claims to look for and what they really mean:
- Low calorie — Less than 40 calories per serving.
- Low cholesterol —20 mg or less of cholesterol and 2 gm or less of saturated fat per serving.
- Reduced — 25% less of the specified nutrient or calories than the usual product.
- Good source of — Provides at least 10% of the DV of a particular nutrient per serving.
- Calorie-free — Less than 5 calories per serving.
- Fat-free/Sugar-free — Less than ½ gram of fat or sugar per serving.
- Low sodium —140 mg or less of sodium per serving.
- High in (or Excellent source of)— Provides 20% or more of the DV
Fill Those Nutritional Gaps
Yes, you should focus on a nutrient-rich diet – but that’s rarely enough these days. As the Standard American Diet (SAD) drifts further away from nutrient-dense, whole foods in favor of processed snacks and meals, nutrient gaps are bound to happen. But even if you’re following a nutritious diet, you’re still likely missing out on some key nutrients because of:
- Soil Depletion
- Water Depletion
- Low-Calorie Diets (if you’re not eating enough food, you’re not getting enough nutrients)
- Toxin Exposure
- Lack of Nutrient Absorption
So – what’s a gal (or guy) to do when nutrition is lacking but life’s pace just keeps speeding up? Supplement, supplement, supplement! Isotonix® offers the best nutriceutical supplements on the market, providing unbeatable absorption and a long line of products to fill whatever gaps you may have. From the market’s most powerful antioxidants to women’s health to nutrient-fueled anti-aging, you’ll find everything you need here!*
For more National Nutrition Month tips and information,
visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics here!
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.