Food used to be pretty basic. Vegetables, fruits, meats, nuts, cheeses, dairy, along with a few “other” category items such as mayonnaise, ketchup, and other condiments.
These days packaged, boxed, and fast food is king. They outsell fresh food due to convenience and low price. But at what cost are you eating these things on a daily, monthly, yearly, lifetime basis?
Your body needs nutrients to thrive and survive. When it doesn’t get everything it needs it can create nutritional deficiencies. These deficiencies can be hard on your body, mind, health and even individual organs.
Navigating the world of health can be tough. In order to really know exactly what your body needs testing may be in order. Working with a certified nutritional consultant is incredibly helpful and save you a lot of trial and error as well as guesswork and money.
When to visit a Nutritionist:
1. You are over the weight you ideally would like to be at
Trying to navigate the world of weight loss on your own can be boggling. There are so many diets, so many conflicting opinions, so many people trying and failing. Fad diets do not work long term. You have to change the way you think about food and what you buy when you shop. Many weight loss and fat burner pills are hard on if not a danger to your heart. Working with a nutritionist can help you set a good path to follow, making it a step by step easy guide along with support.
2. You have food sensitivities or allergies
What is just fine for one person may send another into a bout of hives or anaphylactic shock. Allergies and sensitive can cause headaches, stomach aches, diarrhea, hives, swelling, and yes in the extreme, even shock. If you cannot figure out what is going on with your body or pinpoint exactly what you are having a reaction to, come see us. We can help identify, so you can avoid it or even try therapy to desensitize yourself to it over time.
3. You have a serious medical condition – such as heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure.
All of these conditions require a specialized diet. A nutritionist can help you rework your diet to add in items that help heal the body and eliminate anything you may be eating that is detrimental to your health. Food is medicine and it is important to use it wisely.
4. Be proactive and help prevent any future illnesses
Even if you are currently healthy, if you have a family history of heart disease or diabetes you may want to visit a nutritionist to ensure your health stays on track by eating right for your body and genetics. Eating right can improve your mental focus, your appearance, and your overall well being. It can help you age more gracefully, and enjoy life more fully. This really is the best time and best reason of all to seek the knowledge of a nutritionist.
5. Don’t go it alone. Support and help is right here.
We all go into a new way of eating all excited and gung-ho. Sticking to it is the hard part and some times it really helps to have an outside perspective, some accountability, and a Cheerleader on your side. Our nutritionists at Tampa Cardiovascular Associates are here for you every step of the way. We get no more pleasure than watching someone’s body and life transform, especially when we get the honor of playing a part in it.
If you are ready to take that next step and change your health for the better, then please contact Tampa Cardiovascular Associates today, and make an appointment with our on-staff licensed nutritionist. 813-975-2800. .
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