Wellness Series: Nutrition


March is National Nutrition Month, which symbolizes the importance of making healthy nutrition choices in our daily lives. The first National Nutrition Month campaign was launched in 1973 and to this day, the campaign is embraced as enthusiastically as when it was started. At HealthTap, we’d like to help raise awareness and looked to our Medical Experts for their insights on what it means to eat healthy:

What are first steps in eating healthy?
Grab paper or an iPad. Write down everything you eat. Note time, situation, triggers to eat, amount, all ingredients. Many studies show that recording when a behavior occurs can alter how often it happens again. So give yourself a star for healthy foods and amounts, a negative sign for those you want to reduce.

- Dr. Pam Yoder

What foods are the healthiest and lowest in calories?
Eating things from mother nature are always better than processed man made food. Eatnutrient rich, calorie low with plant based diets. Your proteins are beans,legumes, lentils, nuts/seeds, avocados. Your veggies should be alot of dark greens, followed by cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage) and then everything else; Fruits are great; water is awesome.

- Dr. Seema N. Patel

What are the nutritional benefits of eating organic?
So far, unknown. Much opinion and discussion on this subject, but jury is still out. In part, too many variables involved in diet, so unclear causes and effects. May take a generation or more to really know what specific effects unsustainable farming methods reliant on pesticides and chemical fertilizers have on human health. Question is: gamble on chemical industry, or methods traditionally used (organic).

- Dr. Rick Kirschner

What are the parts of a nutrition label?
the labels has the calories per serving, the number of servings, the amount of protein, carbohydrates, and fat in grams and % of daily values. It contains the amount of cholesterol, sodium and dietary fiber as well as sugars expressed in grams and % of daily values. Vitamin A, C, calcium and iron are listed as a percent of daily values. All of the above is based on a 2000 calorie diet.

- Dr. Martin D. Fried

Check out the FDA web site titled: How to Understand and Use the Nutrition Facts Label here.

- Dr. Pamela A. Pappas

Is it true that eating healthy can make you change your taste?
Yes. Most who eat the Standard American Diet (SAD) develop cravings for sweets, salty and fried foods. Most who eat a “healthy diet” will have reduced cravings for such foods while appreciating the more subtle flavors of healthful foods. After some time the foods they formerly craved may become much less appealing. This is a good thing!

- Dr. Randy S. Baker

We hope that this Wellness Series has inspired you to lead a more nutritionally fulfilling life. Good nutrition can keep chronic diseases at bay, help you lead a healthier lifestyle, and make you feel great! Have a question about your health and nutrition? Our Medical Experts are always here to help!