Take a Bite Out of a Healthy Lifestyle

Pg A13 - Amber Pankonin PhotoHello and welcome to Amber Pankonin MS, RDN, CSP, LMNT! She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, passionate about food, nutrition science, and agriculture. She works as a nutrition communications consultant and adjunct professor at UNL. Her nutrition views are based on science and not popular hype. Her friends call her a “realistic nutritionist” because in her words, “I don’t quite the fit the mold of the perfect dietitian. But I love food, creating cool things, and I’m passionate about building community.”

Each year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics promotes a “National Nutrition Month” as a way to promote healthy eating and physical activity.

The theme this year is, “Take a bite out of a healthy lifestyle.” I think this means that we should take advantage of all the benefits that healthy eating and physical activity have to offer. You can take a bite out of a healthy lifestyle by enjoying fruits and veggies that are in season and by aiming for at least 10,000 steps a day.

It’s also important to not bite off more than you can chew. I often see people make dramatic changes in their diet or physical activity that they can’t sustain. For example, trying the latest fad diet or signing up for races without proper training.

So, take a bite out of a healthy lifestyle by taking it one day at a time. Sometimes it’s the little changes that can lead to big results over time.

Her Stirlist blog can be found at www.stirlist.com

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