March is National Nutrition Month and it’s time to set your goals with a registered dietitian (RD). As a dietitian, the first thing a client asks me is “what can’t I eat now?” The stigma is out there is that the RD professionals are going to give them a diet of cabbage soup and rabbit greens for the rest of their life, but that is so not the case. This is the real world and dietitians are here to help create a therapeutic lifestyle and behavioral changes. Making sure you get in your minimum of “5 a day” fruits and vegetables is going to be priority. We are not going to send you on the “Keto craze” and make you afraid to eat fruits or potatoes. Yes, real life people are afraid to eat an apple these days! Isn’t the saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor away?
Dietitians are here to help set the facts straight, educate you on the healthy benefits of including more fiber from whole grains and lean meats and avoiding any higher saturated fats and excessive added sugar intake. We may suggest to enhance your diet by adding more vegetables into smoothies, omelets, pureed into tomato sauce, added to soup or topped onto a pizza. That’s right I said pizza! You can achieve a healthy lifestyle and still eat your pizza too. As the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Milford Regional, mom of two younger kids, certified kick boxing instructor and soccer coach, my schedule is packed! Each week I always plan around a few pizza recipes that are quick and easy on the go. My go to currently is whole grain Naan bread topped with lots of vegetables and low fat cheese. If I have a little more time I often buy the whole grain dough and bake with left over chicken breast, meat sauce, veggies or my favorite pineapple and Canadian bacon. Meals have to be quick, easy and well thought out for the week to make healthy eating a success and your lifestyle.
Dietitians work with you to help better meal plan for your family or cooking for just one. They will work with you to help achieve your individualized goals and the barriers you may have. WE work closely with you whether it is to achieve weight loss, improved blood sugar and heart health management or gastrointestinal related. We have dietitians in our outpatient clinics that are available for you. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit our website below.
We look forward to meeting with you and coaching you along!
Kirsten McEvoy, RDN, LDN
Clinical Nutrition Manager
Metz Culinary at Milford Regional Medical Center