hands-hold-plastic-heartPreventive medicine is an area of critical importance here at Family Practice Center. What we eat is a huge part of a person’s ability to promote health and wellness and reduce the risk of heart disease as well as many other common health concerns like diabetes, high blood pressure, and more. March is National Nutrition Month® and our family medicine providers wanted to stress how essential it is to eat healthy in the spirit of overall physical wellness. This is why we wanted to provide a few helpful tips about nutrition for our readers.

Increase Your Fiber Intake

Fiber is one of the most healthy and essential nutrients that there is. It is useful for regulating healthy digestive health and controlling blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Eating fiber also makes us feel full longer after eating, which can help reduce unhealthy snacking and overeating. Fiber-rich foods we recommend include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, and nuts.

Make Your Breastfast a Healthy One

In addition to being the most important meal of the day, your breakfast can also set the tone for how your eating will go as the hours tick along. Simply put, an unhealthy breakfast can put you on the fast track to an unhealthy day. Starting your day off with a whole grain cereal like oatmeal and adding some fresh fruit can go a long way towards putting you on the path to wellness, today and beyond.

Eating Well Does NOT Mean Starving Yourself

It’s important to reiterate that simply eating less is not necessarily a helpful step towards good nutrition. In fact, it can often do more harm than good. Your body needs food to create energy and function as it should. Eating a balanced diet, rich in essential nutrients like protein, vitamins, and minerals is a far healthier choice than simply not eating enough. It is also important to choose things that are low in sugar and sodium. If you are not sure where to begin, start by reading the nutrition labels on the items you choose.

Don’t Be Afraid To Speak To An Expert

Healthy nutritional habits can be difficult to achieve and maintain over time. But you don’t have to do it alone. Our experienced providers offer weight management services designed to help our patients look and feel their best while improving their physical health and building self-confidence. Our weight management services include providing nutritional guidance, meal planning, medication (if needed), and more.

It’s a fact that what you eat can significantly affect your physical wellbeing, in the short and long-term. For more information on nutrition or to schedule an appointment with one of our providers at our seven metro Atlanta area locations (including our brand newest locations in Buckhead and Johns Creek), please contact the Family Practice Center today. Stay up to date on our blog posts for more health and wellness tips, news, and so much more.