At Healthy Partners Primary Care of Ft. Lauderdale, we understand that nutrition is a critical component to overall health and wellness. Diet-related chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and cancer are rising at alarming rates and yet these illnesses are often preventable. Our healthcare providers can address your specific nutritional needs and create a plan based on wholesome foods and healthy lifestyle choices.
Meeting Your Nutritional Needs
Our nutritional needs continue to change as we grow older and make lifestyle changes. From counting calories to recent diet trends, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed but eating right doesn’t need to be complicated. If you’re looking for personalized nutritional counseling, please contact your primary care doctor. For basic dietary advice, check out the following general tips:
- Choose from a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean protein.
- Include beans and other legumes, nuts and seeds as well as healthy fats.
- Introduce more brightly-colored foods to your daily diet such as reds, oranges, yellows, and purples. Different colored foods play different roles in the body.
- Eat breakfast! Research continues to indicate that breakfast supports weight loss and weight maintenance.
- Practice portion control to keep from overeating. Slow down and take a moment to think about what you are eating and how it will fuel your body. Are these just empty calories or is this food contributing to a healthy diet?
- Reduce sugar and salt intake. Processed foods contribute to a high-sodium and high-sugar dietary intake that can wreak havoc on your health. Read labels and learn how to monitor and control the amount of sugar and salt you take in each day. Choose low sodium and low sugar foods.
- Limit saturated fat to less than 10 percent of total calories. Butter, cheese, lard, and palm oil can play a small role in your overall diet but saturated fats do appear to increase the risk of coronary artery disease.
A Happy & Healthy You
Nutritional intake is connected to our weight and overall health. Eating right and maintaining a healthy body mass index will greatly reduce your risk for chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, stroke, cancer, and much more. Stop by one of our Healthy Partners Primary Care locations and learn more about the importance of nutrition and physical activity.