NUTRITION

The effective management of food intake and nutrition are both key to good health. Smart nutrition and food choices can help prevent disease. Eating the right foods can help your body cope more successfully with an ongoing illness. Understanding good nutrition and paying attention to what you eat can help you maintain or improve your health. Food and nutrition are the way that we get fuel, providing energy for our bodies. We need to replace nutrients in our bodies with a new supply every day. Water is an important component of nutrition. Fats, proteins, and carbohydrates are all required. Maintaining key vitamins and minerals are also important to maintaining good health. For pregnant women and adults over 50, vitamins such as vitamin D and minerals such as calcium and iron are important to consider when choosing foods to eat, as well as possible dietary supplements.

A healthy diet includes a lot of natural foods. A sizeable portion of a healthy diet should consist of fruits and vegetables, especially ones that are red, orange, or dark green. Whole grains, such as whole wheat and brown rice, should also play a part in your diet. For adults, dairy products should be non-fat or low-fat. Protein can consist of lean meat and poultry, seafood, eggs, beans, legumes, and soy products such as tofu, as well as unsalted seeds and nuts.

Whether your health concerns are driving you to eating better, you’re facing struggles with your digestion, thinking of getting pregnant, or suffering any number of other related issues, our team is ready to help.

Our nutrition team can:

  • Establish proper meal plans that accommodate patient preferences,
  • health needs, and budget
  • Evaluate the health and diet needs of patients
  • Calculate patient’s specific nutritional requirements
  • Analyze nutritional content of food
  • Educate other healthcare professionals about food and nutrition
  • Educate the public about the need for proper dieting, and its
  • importance in disease prevention

Why should I seek the help of a Nutritionist?

  • You want to eat smarter
    Our nutritionist can help you sort through misinformation. They can teach how to read labels at the supermarket, show you how inexpensive healthy cooking can be, help you dine out without ruining your eating plan, and give you strategies to resist workplace temptations.
  • You have diabetes, cardiovascular problems, or high blood pressure
    Nutrition can play an integral part in healthcare by helping you safely change your eating plan without compromising taste or nutrition.
  • You are thinking of having, or have had, gastric-bypass surgery
    In post-bypass life, your stomach can only manage small servings, making it a challenge to get the right quantities of nutrients. An RDN will work with you and your physician to develop an eating plans for your new needs.
  • You have digestive problems
    Beyond eliminating carbonated drinks and fried foods, our team will work with you and your physician to help fine-tune all areas of your diet to limit digestive aggravation.
  • You’re pregnant or trying to get pregnant
    Our team will help ensure you get crucial nutrients, such as folate, especially during the first trimester of pregnancy. This can lower risks for neural tube or spinal cord defects in your newborn.
  • You have, or your teenager has, issues with food and eating healthily
    We can assist with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, or even help diversify the nutritional intake You need to gain or lose weight
 Our nutritionist can suggest additional calorie sources and eating strategies to aid with healthy weight gain. For weight loss, they can devise a restricted-calorie eating plan, plus outline regular physical activity options and needs, while you’ll still get to eat your favorite foods.

How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label
People look at food labels for a variety of reasons. But whatever the reason, many consumers would like to know how to use this information more effectively and easily. The following label-reading skills are intended to make it easier for you to use the Nutrition Facts labels to make quick, informed food decisions to help you choose a healthy diet.

Overview
The information in the main or top section (see #1-4) of the sample nutrition label (below) can vary with each food and beverage product; it contains product-specific information (serving size, calories, and nutrient information). The bottom section contains a footnote that explains the % Daily Value and gives the number of calories used for general nutrition advice.
In the following Nutrition Facts label we have colored certain sections to help you focus on those areas that will be explained in detail. Note that these colored sections are not on the actual food labels of products you purchase.

Sample Label for Frozen Lasagna

If you think our nutritionist can help you with your dietary challenges, please call Harmony Healing Center today.

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