8 MARCH March is National Nutrition Month
At Patriot Healthcare, we believe there is no truer statement than the phrase, “you are what you eat” and we see proof of that time and again when treating our patients. The human gut contains more neurotransmitters than the brain – so it stands to reason that what we eat affects our health from a dietary standpoint, as well as our mood and mental health!
We would like to offer some easy to follow steps, and things to pay attention to in order to set yourself up for success to heal and be healthy from the inside out.
The easiest way to be successful in your attempts to pursue proper nutrition would be to focus on eating the least processed, most real foods you can find. That means, your meats, vegetables and fruits. We understand that time is a valuable resource, and items which are considered “fast food” whether via drive-thru or a box off the shelf, the temptation to get some quick calories in the belly is a powerful one. But with a little bit of preparation and attention, you can turn real food into your own kind of “fast food”!
We know you’re busy. Have you tried batch cooking? Find a day on your calendar where you have some time at home, and pick up a whole raw chicken from the supermarket, put it in a pot of water, fully submerging the whole chicken. Bring it to a boil, add some salt, pepper and just let it cook up into a delicious bone broth and chicken soup! Turn off the heat, let it cool, remove the bones and throw in carrots and celery, and you have a beyond scrumptious homemade soup you can freeze portions of – giving yourself an easy go-to meal when time is tight. Chili and a hearty beef stew are two other great options you can prepare, let cook, and portion up for quick and easy meals throughout the week.
Healthy batch cooking can help you: Alleviate the stresses of trying to decide last minute what to eat. You will spend less overall time in the kitchen throughout the week, because for the most part, you’ll just have to reheat what you already prepared. And you will also ensure you have healthy prepared meals sitting in your fridge or freezer so you won’t end up cheating, or resorting to restaurants or the drive-thru in a pinch. Did we mention that batch cooking is also more budget friendly than resorting to restaurants or take-out? It’s a learning curve, but when you’re strapped for time and can’t think of anything good to eat, we can tell you that it sure feels good to know you have some aces up your sleeve that are healthy, delicious, and ready to heat up to serve.
So, go get some containers and a huge cooking pot and have fun, Doctors orders! For more recipes and ideas or concerns with your nutrition struggles and goals, schedule an appointment with one of our providers (888)-401-8988.