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March is National Nutrition Month

We take both our own health and yours seriously. Our goal is to provide you with a healthy alternative when it comes to dining. Since March is National Nutrition Month, and to go along with this year’s theme, we wanted to help you “Bite Into A Healthy Lifestyle.”

As mentioned, this year’s theme promotes making plans for a healthy lifestyle by consuming fewer calories, making informed food choices, and exercising daily. The goal is to maintain a healthy body weight, reduce the risk of chronic disease, and support overall health maintenance. Below you will find ways to help get you started on the path to a healthy lifestyle.

Consume Less Calories

The key to consuming less calories isn’t about depriving yourself from your guilty pleasures. Instead, practice portion control. Check the label and portion a single serving to enjoy, rather than snacking directly from the box or bag. And to feel fuller longer, incorporate more water, fiber, and protein in your diet. Feeling satiated for longer periods will not only cut down on unhealthy snacking, but you’ll likely feel better as well.

Make Informed Food Choices

When it comes to packaged foods, don’t believe all the claims. Take the time to check the nutrition facts and ingredients to really know what you’re putting into your body. Ingredients are listed in descending order based on the amount within the product. The first few ingredients should be things you can identify, so if it is something you can’t even pronounce, or if there is lots of added sugar or starches, it might be best to skip it.

Daily Exercise

You don’t necessarily need to hit it hard at the gym every day, but a little exercise to get your heart pumping daily is helpful. It is recommended that a person does about 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least 5 days a week, but you can gradually work your way up to that. Things like taking a walk around the block or the park can get you started on the right path. Not only does exercise help control weight, but it also increases your mood and energy levels and promotes better sleep. For more exercise ideas and tips, you can visit our Health and Fitness board on Pinterest.

It’s always great to start working toward a healthier lifestyle, but if you have any questions or concerns, it’s always best to consult with your doctor. He or she can help you decide what’s best for you, especially if you have any preexisting conditions.

Are you making any changes this month? Exercising more or eating better? We would love to know what you’re doing and hear about your progress. Share with us on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and Instagram! You can also connect with us on Vine and LinkedIn, too.

If you’re looking for a quick and healthy meal in Pomona, visit your neighborhood deli! We’re open Monday-Saturday 10:30am-7:30pm to whip up yummy sandwiches and salads just for you. Online ordering is also available Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm.