April is Kids Garden Month, a month devoted to highlighting the many reasons why we should get kids into the garden and a time to remind us that there are many resources available to help us do just that. The big take away is that you don’t have to be a master gardener to develop a child with green thumb, you just need to get them into the garden and learn along with them.
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You use your reusable water bottle, recycle as much as you can, and compost. Your habits include turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth to reduce water use and unplugging all unused chargers to lower energy use. You are a clear champion for our environment and believe that small changes have a big impact. But if you aren’t also looking at your diet, you may be falling short of doing all that you can to reduce your carbon footprint.
Some people don’t give hunger much thought. For these individuals, it’s just a passing feeling that waxes and wanes throughout the day; a comfortable feeling that’s easy to manage. For others, it brings about feelings of uncertainty (“Should I be hungry?”) or guilt (“How can I be hungry? I just ate.”). This tangled space of questions is where I love to work, and an area I think many of us can relate to. I believe that this junction where the how and when to respond to hunger exists is where a lot of positive change can happen.
Every March the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates the field of dietetics (and dietitians!) with National Nutrition Month (NMM). The annual NNM theme is designed to inspire healthful eating, not just in March, but all year long. This year’s theme, “Put Your Best Fork Forward,” fits this goal of encouraging a balanced diet…one forkful at a time.
According the Cleveland Clinic, Americans don’t know their personal (and critical) numbers for reducing risk of cardiovascular disease. Yes, we know that we should reduce our risk, and as a dietitian, I am happy that many of you try to be “healthy,” but the problem is that what you don’t know is if those choices are having the right results.
A farm can’t become organic overnight. It takes time–three years to be exact–for soil to be considered organic (and for a farmer to price their crops accordingly). During this time, a farmer must comply with costly organic regulations, while not being able to price their crops at higher organic rates. This expensive combination of increased expenses without increased revenue (not to mention the high cost of receiving an organic certification) leaves farmers in the difficult position of knowing that organic practices are better for our environment, and quite frankly wanting to sell higher priced organic crops, but not knowing how to get there. The USDA may have a solution.
If I surveyed a group of people, none (or a very, very few) of them would report that they like to think of calories in connection to how much they move. As a food lover, I totally get it…food is fabulous. But here’s the thing: There are the times when we just enjoy food for the pleasurable part of our life that it is and savor flavor without curiosity of how that flavor came to be. We don’t have a choice, however, but to consider how our food choices impact our health and overall wellness. To that point, our calories, as well as our intake of negative attributes like saturated fat and sodium, matter. So while it may be lovely to gather with friends for a rich meal of flavors, we need to think about how often we can indulge like this.