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Changing Your Lifestyle with Healthy Nutrition
The urge to change your life for the better is never stronger than right after New Year’s, and HeartCare Associates of Connecticut offers an essential service to make your goals easier to achieve.
Our specialists provide comprehensive nutrition services to ensure that you’re giving your body what it needs to function optimally. They address all aspects of good nutrition so you can incorporate the right changes into your daily life.
Why healthy nutrition is important
Everything you put into your body has an impact, whether it’s good or bad. If you survive on junk food, fatty foods, and empty calories, you may find that these eating habits zap your energy, affect the condition of your skin, and add extra pounds that are difficult to lose.
When you provide your body with essential nutrients from fresh foods in healthy proportions, you can better support its functions. A healthy diet regulates your blood sugar and cholesterol levels and reduces your risk factors for both acute and chronic health conditions.
A recipe for good nutrition
A healthy diet should focus on unprocessed, fresh foods and a healthy balance of proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. You also need to give your body the essential vitamins and minerals it needs to function at a cellular level.
Fresh fruits and vegetables, especially dark greens, contain many of the vitamins and minerals you need in your daily diet. You also need to consume whole grains and get proteins from leans meats and low-fat dairy products.
While you don’t have to deprive yourself of sweets or your favorite dishes, you should limit these indulgences and control your portions. You can also offset the impact of treats by ramping up your exercise routine to burn off the additional calories.
Become more aware of what’s in the foods you eat by reading labels. Pay attention to your intake of salt, sugar, synthetic sweeteners, and alcohol.
The benefits of a medically supervised nutrition program
Our nutrition specialists at HeartCare Associates of Connecticut take an individualized approach. They design a plan to address the different aspects of healthy eating based on your existing health, your medical history, and your goals for healthier living.
As part of this nutrition program, you can expect help with:
- Meal planning
- Portion control
- Calorie monitoring
- Grocery shopping
- Physical fitness plans
If you have underlying health issues, like diabetes or high blood pressure, our nutritionist can help you create an eating plan to benefit your condition. In fact, many health issues can be well-managed with the right nutritional improvements.
When you’re living with a heart condition, our nutritional specialists work with our cardiology team closely to design a safe, heart-healthy nutrition plan to optimize your heart health.
By making incremental changes to your diet and exercise routine under the supervision of a nutritional specialist, you’re better equipped to implement them into your daily life. Our team also holds you accountable for your efforts and can provide resources to help you achieve your other health goals.
To learn how a medically supervised nutrition program can benefit your life, call the HeartCare Associates of Connecticut office nearest you.
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