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Celebrate National Nutrition Month: Nutrition Matters!

March into wellness in every area of your life, but today, let’s start with nutrition.

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? Yes, an annual campaign founded in 1973 and currently sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics was designed to educate and have people focus on improving their health via nutrition. Currently, their initiatives, continue to focus on utilizing evidence-based information to motivate Americans to make informed food choices and develop healthy, sustainable eating habits. In 2024, the theme is "Beyond the Table". Motivating us all to look Beyond the Table when thinking about our health, wellbeing, and the environment.  



Nutrition Affects Energy Levels

What we eat powers us through each day. Calories provide energy for literally everything we do, from breathing and heartbeat to walking and thinking. Without adequate energy from balanced nutrition, chronic fatigue sets in and hampers productivity, performance, and enjoyment of life. Things we take for granted like concentration, motivation, and getting through daily tasks suddenly become monumental struggles.


But healthy eating does more than just prevent low energy. It stabilizes energy levels, so you avoid energy crashes later in the day. Complex carbohydrates, healthy fats, and proteins provide sustained energy. Refined sugar and saturated fats lead to brief spikes and drops that leave you feeling wiped out. Making each calorie count with vitamin-rich whole foods benefits energy output all day long.



Nutrition Supports Immunity

Emerging science reveals the deep interconnections between nutrition and immune defense. Malnourishment impairs the body’s ability to fight infection and heal from illness. Key vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and healthy fats and oils empower immune cells to attack pathogens. They also support quick cell regeneration after illness.

Eating to support a robust immune system matters more than ever in a world full of environmental toxins and stressors. While no diet alone prevents disease, science shows that nutrient-dense whole foods strengthen the body against viruses, chronic inflammation, and microbiome disruption. Therefore, it is imperative to embrace the opportunity to experiment with your plate by incorporating more whole foods and embracing the abundance of plant-based options. Whether it's trying a new vegetable, exploring diverse grains, or incorporating plant-based proteins, small steps toward a more balanced diet can have a profound impact on overall health and well-being.



Nutrition Impacts Mental Health

The well-known phrase “food for thought” speaks to the emerging link between nutrition and mental health. Recent studies suggest that nutritional psychiatry plays a role in conditions like depression and anxiety, as well as cognition challenges like ADHD or memory issues.


For starters, nourishing the brain with healthy fats supports the structural integrity of cell membranes and connectivity. Because the brain houses a staggering 100 billion nerve cells, each requiring proper insulation for signaling, the diet provides the raw materials for optimal functioning.


Additionally, key micronutrients help synthesize “feel good” neurotransmitters that stabilize mood and focus. Deficiencies in vitamins, minerals, and anti-inflammatories show associations with chemical imbalances. While nutrition is just one piece of mind-body health, it empowers mental wellness daily.



Nutrition Affects Longevity

Study after study reveals that nutrition influences longevity and quality of life as we age. Diets full of processed foods, saturated fats, salt, and sugar correlate to chronic diseases that degrade health. But people thriving into their 100s credit eating whole, varied foods from nature.


Specific compounds like resveratrol in red grapes or allium in garlic contain anti-aging and disease-fighting properties. Pairing these antioxidant superfoods with colorful fruits and vegetables provides a broad spectrum of nutrient defense against cellular damage over decades.


So, while genetics plays a role in aging, don’t underestimate nutrition’s capacity to

reduce inflammation, oxidative stress, and glycation that underlie declining health. Eating well-balanced nutrition daily serves your future self.


Nutrition Impact on Environment

Take a moment to think about the intricate array of decisions influencing everyday food choices such as where and how ingredients are grown, the methods of preparation, and the journey from farm to plate. These choices extend beyond personal health; they echo in the environmental footprint we encounter daily and those we will leave behind for the generations to come.


Ever pondered the labor that goes into producing the foods that are savored often in your life? From cultivation to creation, the journey involves careful consideration of how our choices affect the planet. The sustainability of our food sources, the methods of production, and the safety of what we consume are all integral aspects to contemplate as you continue to journey through life on earth.


While it is always crucial to be concerned about the nutritional value of the foods we consume, there is also an additional layer of responsibility we as humans hold. We also must ask ourselves some deep, yet hard questions like: How can we contribute to both personal well-being and environmental health? Can our choices extend beyond just the nourishment of our bodies and nurture the planet that we need to survive too?



Celebrate National Nutrition Month

This National Nutrition Month let's embark on a journey to celebrate the profound impact of good nutrition on our overall well-being and the environment. Beyond the mere sustenance of our bodies, nutritious choices empower us with vibrant energy, fortify our immunity, stabilize mental health, contribute to a longer, healthier life, and can have an immense impact on the environment.


Moving forward consider the sources of your nutrition knowledge. Be deliberate about delving into evidence-based resources to deepen your understanding of the connection between food, your well-being, and the environment. Elevate your awareness, and let this knowledge be the compass guiding your food choices moving forward.




Remember, the journey to better health is built on consistent, mindful choices. Even the smallest steps toward balanced eating habits compound over time, paving the way for a healthier, more vibrant you.

As we navigate National Nutrition Month, let the age-old adage "you are what you eat" sink in and inspire you the next time you decide to place something in your mouth. Mindfully nourish your body, mind, and future through daily food choices. By cultivating awareness and building skills throughout March, you are laying the foundation for a thriving, well-nourished life that is nurtured by you. Lastly, Let's embark on this journey together, where the decisions we make ripple beyond our plates, shaping a healthier and more sustainable future safeguarding our planet from hazards that destroy life.



Need Nutritious Recipe Ideas?

Explore our digital options over at Nurture What Matters and pick up a recipe book or guide to help you on your nutrition journey to better health. All recipes are designed to be nutritious, satiating, and delightful to the taste buds. Check back regularly as we are always adding new books and guides or contact us to see if we can design one specifically for you and your loved ones to enjoy together.



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