On Wednesday, March 13, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) Day. In honor of this day, we talked to Cindy Bunte, MS, RDN, about remaining healthy while living the busy life of a working adult.
What are some facts you learned in your RDN training that surprised you?
I always knew that eating fruits and vegetables was important, but, in my training, I learned the mentality that food is medicine. In particular, fruits and vegetables fit into this way of thinking because they supply many vitamins and minerals, plant chemicals, fiber, etc. Due to all of these benefits, fruits and vegetables are our greatest protection against disease.
What common misconceptions do people have about health?
When some people decide that they want to work on their health, many sometimes concentrate on working out more than on changing their eating habits or vice versa. It is a combination of both that will give them the best results.
What are a few general tips you would give to working adults who are striving to achieve a healthy lifestyle?
- Plan out your food and workouts in advance (this could include meal prepping)
- Plan for food cravings. Schedule snacks and stockpile healthy snacks (nuts, nut butters, homemade trail mix, fruit/vegetables, cheese, yogurt, etc.)
- Always carry a water bottle
What are some healthy ways to increase your energy?
- Stand up or take a walk
- Drink more water or tea
- If you drink coffee, try to avoid drinking more than three or four cups a day. Also, try to avoid adding sugar to your coffee, and stop drinking coffee after 2:00 p.m. if it interferes with your sleep.
What are some ways to remain healthy while balancing a busy schedule?
- Always eat breakfast and avoid eating late at night.
- If you travel frequently, bring your own snacks and order water or seltzer on the plane.
- If you have kids, make sure you always have healthy snacks prepared (for yourself and the kids!)