In the spirit of the New Year we are bringing you tips for mental wellness throughout the month. You can check out the “Do. You.” column, which runs…

In the spirit of the New Year we are bringing you tips for mental wellness throughout the month. You can check out the “Do. You.” column, which runs every Weds, on coping skills here and here.  

In this post, we hear from NRS Call Center Supervisor Stacey Long on nutrition and healthy eating. Stacey graduated with a masters degree in Clinical Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and an active member of the NRS Wellness Committee.

We are excited to present you with a month of wellness focused on nutrition and healthy eating. Many people make New Year’s Resolutions to diet or lose weight. While resolutions can be motivating, they can also seem overwhelming or too much of a “fad” for many of us. According to Forbes, only 8% of those who set New Year’s Resolutions will complete them!

What might happen if you set a goal for 2014 that will benefit your well being, but not fizzle out because it’s too difficult, unrealistic or unsatisfying? According to nutrition.com,

Instead of focusing on weight and appearance alone, it is better to focus on improving health. When you focus on improving health, you get the benefits right away. Any small change that you make is going make you feel better and give your body a boost.”

This post focuses on eating intentionally and with purpose. Have you ever considered what type of fuel your food is giving you? Sometimes calorie counting or checking grams of fat seem like the only important factors if you are trying to eat healthfully, but information on nutritional density and the power of foods may be surprising! Not all calories are created equally and the nutritional buildups of these foods, or nutrient density, can be helpful to understand when you are making healthy eating choices. According to CNN.com, nutrient density,

“Refers to the amount of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and fiber in a given portion of food — for the fewest number of calories. Nutrient-dense foods generally tend to be lower in calories. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, and poultry are all nutrient-dense foods that give you a big bang for your buck: plenty of vitamins and minerals for the calories.” (Read more)

 

Want to avoid some dangerous “health foods” that aren’t giving you nutritional bang-for-your-buck and have more calories than you might expect? According to Livestrong.com, yogurt, dried fruit and power- bars can all be high calorie, low density offenders. To see a more comprehensive list of what to avoid click here.

Check back throughout the month for more wellness strategies, including healthy eating tips and resolve to have a healthier lifestyle rather than setting a weight loss goal.