Content provided by the GBS Health & Wellness Team
March is National Nutrition Month, which is a great time to learn about how to make informed food choices. This month focus on the practice of intuitive eating as a way to contribute to a healthy lifestyle and as a way to properly fuel your body with nutrient-dense foods. In addition to learning about intuitive eating, take time this month to practice healthy sleep habits. Adequate sleep is a key factor in overall health and wellbeing, so assess sleep patterns and find ways to improve sleep health.
Physical – Sleep is extremely beneficial. It allows your body to heal, repair, and get much deserved rest. Work towards a goal of 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night to receive these benefits.
Environmental – Try to find ways to cook more sustainably with reusable plastic bags or containers. Ditch the paper plates for meals and use a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Financial – Traditional diets can add up quickly with the cost of shakes, supplements, cleanses, or other products. Intuitive eating principles are a great way to save money and work towards a sustainable and healthy lifestyle at the same time.
Social – A good night’s sleep positively impacts our social interactions and relationships. Individuals who get adequate sleep have more motivation to interact with others, have increased energy and enthusiasm, and are also able to better focus, pick up on social cues, and interact confidently.
Emotional – Eliminate emotions of guilt surrounding food by resisting the urge to label foods as “good” or “bad.” This can cause individuals to feel that their worth is based on what they eat, which is not true. Instead, reframe foods with more descriptive words like “energizing,” “nourishing,” or “fun.”
Intellectual – Learn more about the principles of intuitive eating by exploring these resources:
- Intuitive Eating, by Evelyne Tribole and Elyse Resch
- Health at Every Size, by Lindo Bacon
- Food Psych Podcast
- The Mindful Dietitian Podcast