Nu­tri­tion

For Busy Life­styles

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While it’s im­por­tant to main­tain a regular health and well­ness reg­i­men, busy sched­ules and last minute com­mit­ments can some­times send us off track. Many Amer­i­cans may try to main­tain a bal­anced diet but con­tinue to fall short on valu­able key nu­tri­ents nec­es­sary for a healthy body. In fact, ac­cord­ing to data from the Na­tional Health and Nu­tri­tion Ex­am­i­na­tion Sur­vey (NHANES), con­ducted by the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol, the over­all qual­ity of the Amer­i­can diet gets a fail­ing grade. Ac­cord­ing to the Healthy Eat­ing In­dex, adults (19+ years) score just 50 out of 100 on the qual­ity of their diets. While hec­tic life­styles may play a role in this fail­ing grade, reg­is­tered di­eti­tian and best-sell­ing au­thor, Dave Grotto has a few sim­ple and ef­fec­tive tips to main­tain proper nu­tri­tion even when time is tight. Eat nu­tri­ent-filled meals. Set aside five min­utes to pack a healthy lunch be­fore you head to work each day. Pre­pare meals such as a salad with grilled chicken or a turkey sand­wich on whole wheat bread – healthy op­tions that pro­vide a com­bi­na­tion of pro­tein and fiber to give you sus­tained en­ergy through­out the day. “It’s vi­tal that we find ways to get the nu­tri­ents our bod­ies need and eat­ing well­bal­anced meals can do just that,” says Grotto. Take your vi­ta­mins. In ad­di­tion to proper food choices, qual­ity di­etary sup­ple­ments can be help­ful to fill nu­tri­ent gaps. As some­one who be­lieves that the vi­ta­min ex­pe­ri­ence can be en­joy­able, Grotto has part­nered with Na­ture Made® in sup­port of their Vi­taMelts™ line. “Na­ture Made Vi­taMelts come in great fla­vors like juicy or­ange and melt smoothly in your mouth with­out wa­ter which pro­vides an en­joy­able vi­ta­min ex­pe­ri­ence,” says Grotto. “Plus they come in a handy, por­ta­ble flip-top pack which can fit per­fectly in your gym bag, or work bag, an added con­ve­nience fac­tor on days you may not be eat­ing as prop­erly as you should.” Stay ac­tive and en­joy the sun­shine. Even if it is min­i­mal, find time to move each day while you’re at work; take the stairs in­stead of the el­e­va­tor or go for a ten minute walk around the block. An added ben­e­fit of be­ing out­doors, even for a short amount of time, is the ex­po­sure to sun­light, which helps skin pro­duce vi­ta­min D3. Un­for­tu­nately, many food sources do not pro­vide nearly enough vi­ta­min D to meet di­etary rec­om­men­da­tions. Grotto rec­om­mends a vi­ta­min sup­ple­ment such as Na­ture Made Vi­taMelts Vi­ta­min D3 in a creamy vanilla fla­vor. Don’t for­get to take time for your­self. Rest and re­lax­ation can help to re­ju­ve­nate your mind, and is an im­por­tant part of an over­all healthy lifestyle. Not only does Grotto rec­om­mend get­ting six to eight hours of sleep a night, he also sug­gests keep­ing to the same bed­time each night. Main­tain­ing such a sim­ple rou­tine can re­ally do the body good.

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