March is National Nutrition Month! It’s a great time for you to focus on your health and wellness goals. Time to give yourself a once-over.
Ask yourself the following and see how you compare: (GOAL #s after each question)
- How’s your blood pressure? (<120/80)
- Blood sugar level? (fasting <100)
- Fasting lipid panel (cholesterol, etc.)? (total cholesterol <200, LDL <100, HDL > 45, Triglycerides <150)
- Measure your waist circumference – does it measure up? (Men <40 in., Women <35 in.)
- Can you fit into your favorite jeans? (yes!)
- How many hours do you sleep (>7 hrs.)
- How many meals a week do you bring in or go out (vs. home cooking)? (<2)
- Do you take some time everyday to tune-ou the world and tune-in to yourself? (yes, at least 5-10 minutes of quiet time)
- How many minutes a day are you active? (at least 30-45 min.)
- Do you watch TV while you eat? (No)
- Do you brush and floss your teeth everyday? (yes, twice a day)
- Do you wear sunscreen? (yes, even on cloudy days)
- Do you take vitamins or even know which ones are right for you to take (get an assessment done by a Registered Dietitian and your Doctor to determine what supplements you need.)
Based on your answers to these questions, how does your health stack up? Do you have changes in your life you want to make so that you will be healthier?
Did you know that most of the medical conditions that affect us (diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer, digestive, high blood pressure, gout) are related to the decisions we make about our lifestyle? What you eat, how much exercise, sleep, stress management, skin protection, dental health – are all factors that you have complete control over and are those behaviors that you can make changes to in order to improve your health,wellness, and longevity.
Don’t know where to start? Does it seem overwhelming? Well, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will a healthier you. Start by making one healthy change a day and adding on a new one, each and every day. If you haven’t had a physical in over a year, then let that be your starting point. Get a check-up and know your numbers. Then, make an appointment with a Registered Dietitian, so you can get a personalized nutrition, fitness, and wellness plan that works for you.