May Theme: Nutrition

Compelling Reasons to Eat for Health
Nutritional Choices Matter


by Liz Erker, RDH 

 

As a Registered Dietitian who has been practicing dietetics for the past 25 years, I feel the very compelling reasons to eat better are:

  • to improve your overall health

  • to reduce the types and amounts of medication you take

  • to remove excess weight so you can be more active

  • to remove excess weight so you can sleep more soundly and for longer periods of time

  • to remove excess body fat to alleviate pain in the lower joints

  • to feel more energetic and, simply, improve your quality of life

 

Each day I see clients of all ages who are on multiple medications, feel lousy and  sluggish (from carrying around excess weight), are sleep deprived, experience joint pain (again, from carrying around excess weight) and appear quite a bit older than their true age. In other words, they are shot! I spend hours each day talking to clients about making small changes in the right direction that will make a positive impact on their overall health. I remind my clients that while the government is (attempting) to battle the health care crisis, it still is the personal responsibility of each one of us to take an active role in leading a healthier lifestyle. By making healthier choices about the foods that you put in your mouth—eating more of what nature provides and less processed foods—you will taking an active role in improving your health. The time has come for each one of us to stop and think about what we’re eating, to slow down and actually taste the food, and to realize that we, as Americans, eat too darn much!

 

We eat too much because Americans are in the mindset that bigger is better, i.e. the "supersize it" mentality. We want the bigger house, car, bank account, plate, bowl, spoon and serving of food, which ultimately leads to a bigger and ever-expanding waistline and more money being spent on chronic, preventable diseases such as Type II Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and, quite possibly, certain cancers. If we started treating food and exercise as if it is medicine we’d be a much healthier nation. To become more aware of eating whole foods from nature is reclaiming your health, and to me, that is the most compelling reason of all!

 

Simply stated, one cannot eat better if one does not prepare and cook meals at home. We need to reacquaint ourselves with our kitchens and the beautiful, nutritious foods that nature provides. Any effort you make to start shifting your habits to improve your nutrition is a positive step in the right direction. Here are some websites I recommend to help you in the process of improving your nutritional status, and therefore, your overall health:

 

Liz Erker is a Licensed Registered Dietitian who has worked in the field of nutrition
for more than 25 years. She believes that better nutrition is simple: we should cook
more often, eat more of the foods nature provides, and eat less heavily processed
foods. Liz also feels that optimal health starts with creating a healthy mind. In doing
so, she guides her clients on the journey of optimal health through nutritional means
as they learn the numerous health benefits of cooking at home. Liz helps to educate,
support and develop a plan for making healthy lifestyle choices that will improve
one’s quality of life, including improving your relationship with food, nutrition
knowledge, cooking cleanly, weight loss, weight management, food intolerances and
sensitivities. In addition to working with individuals and participating in community
outreach, Liz teams with physicians, personal trainers and family members. Contact Liz at www.signaturemedicalgroup.com/find-a-doctor or 314-983-4700. Ext 1906.

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