Health fads come and go, but the healthiest and most sustainable nutrition plans are centered around eating whole, unrefined foods.

The closer a food is to its natural state, the higher its nutritional content. Whole foods also contain less sugar, and more dietary fiber. Eating a balanced diet focused heavily around whole foods increases energy levels, boosts mental wellbeing, improves sleep quality, and optimizes overall health. But there’s no single way to do it right.

Every person’s body has different nutritional requirements to stay healthy and strong. Specialized diet plans and preventative diet plans focused around whole foods have the power to heal our bodies and help us maximize our potential. But it’s important to be sure you’re adapting your eating plan to meet your body’s nutritional needs.

I can help with that. Whether you’re already on a specialized diet plan or you want to start one, I’ll make sure you’re getting the nutrients you need to optimize your health. Take a look below at some of the specialized and preventative diet plans that I help clients with.

And if you’re interested in one that you don’t see here, let’s talk!

Specialized Diet Plans

There are any number of reasons people start specialized diet plans. Health is the number one reason, of course, but people also specialize their diets for social, environmental, and political reasons. Whatever your reason, my job is to help ensure that the foods you’re eating are the ones that keep you healthy. And if you’re not sure which specialized diet plan might work best for you, I can help you answer that question, too. Some of the eating plans I can personalize to meet your health needs include:

Vegetarian

A plant-based eating pattern that may or may not include dairy products and eggs can support a healthy approach to weight loss and aid in cardiovascular health as well.

Vegan

A plant-based eating plan that excludes all meat and animal products can help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. It can also aid in weight loss.

Gluten-free

Gluten-free and low gluten diets can eliminate uncomfortable and even damaging gastrointestinal symptoms in people who suffer from gluten sensitivity, gluten intolerance or Celiac disease.

Low fat

Strategically reducing dietary fat can help with weight loss or weight maintenance. It may also help reduce hot flashes during menopause.

Low carb / high fat

Low carb/high fat approaches to nutrition can aid in weight loss and reduce the risk of developing heart disease and diabetes.

Heart healthy

A cardiac diet includes nutrient-rich foods and eliminates saturated fats, trans fats, and sodium. It can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol, boost heart health, and prevent heart disease.

Ketogenic

Ketogenic or “keto” diet is low fat, high carb, and can significantly aid in weight loss. It has also been proven to reduce epileptic seizures in children.

Mediterranean

Mediterranean diet is a heart-healthy eating plan high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and healthy fats, with a weekly intake of animal proteins, and a limited amount of red meat.

DASH

DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, and the eating plan consists of grains, vegetables, fruits and lean protein. It lowers blood pressure and boosts overall health.

Low FODMAP

Low FODMAP is a dietary plan that eliminates short-chain carbohydrates and sugar alcohols that ferment in the large intestine during digestion and cause gastrointestinal discomfort. It’s a particularly helpful eating pattern for those with IBS and other GI disorders.

The right dietary plan can have significant health benefits, but if it’s not the right one for your nutritional needs and your health condition, it could have unwanted side effects. As a registered dietitian nutritionist, I’ll take the time to learn about your health, your family history, and your needs and goals before designing a comprehensive eating guide to meet your nutritional needs and manage any health conditions you may have.

Preventative Diets

Unprocessed whole foods have higher levels of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other key nutrients that help fight chronic disease. I’m a firm believer in food as preventative medicine, particularly when it’s combined with exercise and stress-management. The science is real. What we eat can help keep us in optimal health and aid us in the management of chronic diseases.

Some examples of preventative diets include:

According to the National Foundation for Cancer Research, 30-90% of cancer diagnoses (depending on the type of cancer) can be prevented by diet and lifestyle changes. A cancer prevention diet includes the elimination of certain carcinogenic additives as well as the addition of cancer-fighting foods.

There are a number of dietary plans that can aid the prevention and management of diabetes. Mediterannean, DASH, vegan, and other healthy eating patterns can reduce the risk of developing diabetes and potentially eliminate the need for certain medications for those who are already diabetic.

The key to keeping kidneys healthy is preventing or managing health conditions that cause kidney damage. These include diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Low-sodium diets and heart-healthy dietary plans such as DASH and Mediterrannean can help maintain kidney health. A kidney-healthy meal plan limits sodium, potassium, phosphorous, and fluids to help support the kidneys at various stages of kidney disease.

The food you eat can significantly impact your heart health. Keeping cholesterol, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels normal can help lower your risk of heart attacks and heart disease. Maintaining a healthy weight will support your heart health as well.

Eating whole foods and maintaining an active lifestyle provides countless benefits for your physical and mental health. As a registered dietitian, I can provide you with the guidance, support and accountability you need to make healthy choices and live your best life.

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