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March is the month of two important issues, and we wanted to celebrate them both: National Women’s History Month and National Nutrition Month.

Image by Gretchen Rehrs

Artist Gretchen Rehrs completes her playful fashion illustrations by utilizing colorful food items, as a finishing touch. Please click on image to read more.

Rehrs has the ability to transform these edibles into pieces that are reminiscent of structured, flowing, and shapely articles of clothing.

In each illustration, the foods are manipulated so that they mirror the human body’s many curves and angles. This allows them to come to life, especially when Rehrs’s characters appear to be out and about in a chic metropolis. The creative drawings give a whole new perspective of food that is all at once playful and artistic.

Image by Gretchen Rehrs

Image by Gretchen Rehrs

WHY NATIONAL WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH IS IMPORTANT

During the month of March, we give a little extra attention to all of the amazing accomplishments of strong, determined women. Since 1987, the United States has formally recognized March as National Women’s History Month. Every woman has a story to tell and gifts to share with the world.

  1. Women are inspirational
    Learning about women who have stood up for their rights and fought for what they believe is fantastic motivation. We all have the power to influence the direction our world is headed in, and National Women’s History Month reminds us of that.
  2. It recognizes the strength and power of women
    It’s easy to get caught up in the grind of daily life, but this month is an excellent opportunity to put a spotlight on all of the major things women accomplish each and every day. From domestic chores/running a household and carrying babies to running small or any size businesses to fighting wars and governing countries, women are pretty darn amazing.
    Be sure and tell the women in your life how much you appreciate and love them!!!

WHY NATIONAL NUTRITION MONTH IS IMPORTANT

  1. It’s an excuse to reset
    We hope you’re still crushing your wellness-related New Year’s resolutions! For the rest of us, this month gives us an opportunity to reflect inward and make tangible changes to our diets or workout regimens. It could be as simple as adding another veggie or fruit to every meal.
  2. We’ll look (and feel) better
    When we eat real, nourishing foods, we’re getting a wealth of vitamins and minerals that support not only healthy internal function, but give skin, hair, and nails an extra glow. Look good, feel good.

FIVE (REALISTIC) WAYS TO EAT HEALTHIER THIS MONTH

  1. Go, go, H2O!
    We all know drinking water helps in nearly every aspect of wellness, but drinking the recommended amount of water per day can be tough. Electrolyte additives offer the same, if not better benefits that drinking six or more glasses of water a day would.
  2. Choose food over supplements
    Though there are some who sincerely lack certain vitamins and minerals that can’t be achieved through diet alone, most of the good things our bodies need come from food — not store-bought supplements. Research shows that certain supplements haven’t been tested to meet many purity and safety standards, making them unreliable sources of nutrition.
  3. Opt for color
    When in doubt, throw some color on your plate — natural color, that is. Bright greens from crunchy vegetables or vibrant reds from tangy fruit will not only make your meal Instagram-worthy, they’ll give you a healthy boost.
  4. Pack your lunch
    Avoiding typical restaurant or fast-food grease may seem obvious, but according to Harvard Health Publishing, even more important than that is the ability to control portion sizes when you pack your own lunch. Try something fun like a DIY Bento box!
  5. Shop the perimeter
    Shopping a supermarket’s outside aisles ensures that you’re getting healthy alternatives to processed foods like produce, meat, and dairy. When you move inward, most, if not all, of the products contain unnecessary additives and sugar.