March 2013, National Nutrition Month, provides a great opportunity and incentive to focus on healthful eating habits that meet your nutritional needs. Over the last three weeks, in conjunction with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ national campaign, I discussed what “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” means to me and then focused specifically on “Eat Right” and “Your Way.”
Finally, let’s take a closer look at that third part: what “Every Day” implies.
In showing us how to pray, Jesus taught us to ask in faith for our daily bread. Set your health plan in motion by making a daily commitment and taking one step at a time. Commit to your health plan. Come every day prepared to be tested. Often your resolve will be tested and you may be tempted by a vast array of choices, time pressures, and conflicting priorities . Focus this day on the needs and choices you will make this day. This pathway to health is an ongoing process, not a time-limited project. Apply what you’ve learned each day and take it to heart.
“Knowing is not enough. We must apply. Willing is not enough. We must do.”
Johann Wolfgang Goethe
The apostle Paul lamented, “I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do” (Romans 7:15 NIV). A similar dilemma sometimes governs our daily choices related to our health. In effect, we sometimes don’t understand our own actions. Instead of doing what we want to do and know to be the appropriate choice, we end up doing the very thing we intellectually reject as inappropriate and counter-productive.
With regard to their health, I often hear someone say plaintively, “I know what to do, I just don’t do it.” The things they know they should do and want to do are the very things they have trouble doing consistently with purpose, intent, and directed energy.
“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22 NIV
Sometimes a person is not ready to change, or their attempts may have been inconsistent or half-hearted. Making a lifestyle change requires an “all in” approach. Beyond knowledge, you need a clear vision, attainable goals, and an effective strategy to reach your goals. You may need a coach, cheerleader, or accountability partner. Consistency is key. You may falter at times, as we all do, but building sound eating habits will enable you to get right back on the path and stay the course to optimal health. Have faith. Your daily commitment to health and faith-inspired action renews your mind, aligns your goals, and transforms your health.
A Registered Dietitian can provide invaluable help as you learn to eat right, your way, every day! It’s easy to locate an RD near you. At www.eatright.org click on the button to “Locate a Dietitian” and enter your zip code or area of expertise needed. Click here to learn more about National Nutrition Month .
Thank you for reflecting on my Eat Right, Your Way, Everyday series. I love hearing from readers. Please leave your comments, insights, or questions below.