5 Tips on Improving Your Nutrition and Achieving Your Health Goals
Should You Consult with a Nutritionist?
Have you ever felt like you’ve been over-indulging in junk food lately? Maybe you’ve tried various diets and workout plans but get overwhelmed by the conflicting advice out there. We've probably all been there at some point! Whether you're trying to lose weight, gain weight, build muscle, train for a sport, manage a lifestyle transition, or just educate yourself about nutrition in general, consulting a professional nutritionist is a great first step.
Tips on Achieving Your Health and Nutrition Goals
Sleep, diet, exercise, and mindset are all crucial factors in your long-term health and well-being. If you're not sure where to start in improving your health through nutrition, here are some tips:
- Add neuro-protective foods to your diet. According to nutrition expert Dr. Lisa Mosconi, “some foods are neuro-protective, literally shielding the brain from harm and supporting cognitive fitness over the course of a lifetime.” These include caviar, dark leafy greens, berries, extra virgin olive oil, and raw cacao. Also, research suggests that adhering to a Mediterranean diet may improve cognitive function and reduce risks of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
- Start using a planner today. Writing down your goals brings them one step closer to reality than keeping them in your head. While considering the advice of a health professional, break down your long-term fitness and nutrition goals into bite-sized steps that you can make progress on daily. You might also find mobile apps helpful, such as MapMyFitness to track exercise routines and Fooducate to track everything you eat. No matter how small the steps you take, start today and don’t procrastinate.
- Apply the 80% rule for balance and proportion. Human willpower is finite and needs to be harness and exercised in a sustainable manner. If you can follow an excellent diet 80% of the time indefinitely, you may achieve better results than following it 100% of the time for a month and then abandoning it completely. If you can’t exercise 3-5 times per week, start with twice per week. Be consistent, don’t make the perfect the enemy of the good, and don’t compare yourself to anyone else.
- Buy nutritious groceries and prepare home-cooked meals when possible. There are nutritious, high-protein foods available that don’t break the bank, such as eggs, peanut butter, and canned tuna. If money is tight, cutting out restaurants and buying quality groceries may be a good option. Contrary to popular belief, it's possible to eat fairly well and enjoy fresh, hot meals while on a budget.
- Seek professional medical advice regularly. In addition to routine health check-ups, we recommend regularly seeking out counselors, trainers, and specialists such as SAMI-Aid's nutrition nurse specialists. SAMI-Aid’s nutritionist nurses can advise and assist members with weight loss, pregnancy, digestive issues, diabetes, high blood pressure, sports performance, and more. They can treat illness and provide immune system support by creating special meal plans and supplement regimens tailored to your individual needs.
How SAMI-Aid Can Help with Your Nutrition
Did you know that there are doctors and nurses who specialize in nutrition, accessible at your fingertips through SAMI-Aid? SAMI-Aid's clinical nurse specialists focus on nutrition management, offer expert advice, evaluate your needs, and help you create plans for improving your nutrition, diet, and lifestyle.
By taking the first step towards better nutrition, SAMI-Aid members have much to gain and nothing to lose. A typical one-hour visit with a dietitian costs around $100 to $200, while a consultation with a SAMI-Aid nutrition nurse costs only $39.99! For those who prefer a physician’s advice, a virtual doctor visit costs only $59.99 and there are never any hidden or recurring fees.