National Nutrition Month

What's on your plate? With so many options and so little time to cook, it is easy to get caught up in foods that are not exactly healthy for you.  With work, kids, family, events and friends keeping us "on the go", heading to the local burger joint seems to be the only option.  But if we prepare our foods ahead of time and learn more about what we are putting in our bodies, it will not only change the way you see food but how you approach a busy lifestyle.  

Food is our main source of fuel.  It can energize us or damage us.  Think about the gas you put in your car.  If it's 100% petroleum, your car should run with little to no problem but if the gas is really 90% water and 10% petroleum. . .it's only a matter of time that your car will stop running.  

Below are a few tips that can get you started on the right track when it comes to eating. For more detailed information I suggest talking to a professional in food prep or your local nutritionist.

  • Food Prep- If you take some time out on a day that you are not so busy and pre-plan your meals, this will not only save you time but money.  You can cook the meals ahead of time or at least have the ingredients ready for the meals that are planned for the week.
  • Balanced meals- Make sure that each meal has the right amount of proteins, carbs and vegetables to satisfy your daily needs.  Meet with a nutritionist or dietician to help with the correct amount for your lifestyle and physical needs.
  • Family Involvement- Educate your family on good eating habits.  Encourage the entire family to make a change. Write down each person's fitness goals, how food can effect each fitness goal and start adding one good item at time in your families diet.
  • New Food- Don't limit yourself to baked salmon, rice and spinach once you make the change.  Learn about other cultural foods that can be healthy for you as well as different meats, grains and vegetables that can easily replace your normal food of choice.

Good luck and eating better! Always talk to your doctor and/or certified dietitian for a more customized meal plans and food choices that will work for your busy lifestyle.

Nicol Hodges

Nicol Hodges aka "Nic" is fitness professional (NASM, CPT/PES) and product designer living in San Diego, CA. Nicol's athletic background started in her hometown of St. Charles, MO where she earned her 400m state ranking 3 years in a row. Later, at the University of MO, Columbia she earned 8-Big 12 Track and Field titles and a championship title. Nicol currently continues her love for running by competing in local and national running events.