Medical Nutrition Therapy is a therapeutic approach to treating medical conditions and their associated symptoms using specific diets, which is monitored by trained medical professionals. Numerous registered dietitians today use MNT to counsel patients on the behavioural and lifestyle changes required to manage chronic diseases and achieve optimal long-term health.
We all know that healthy eating is essential to healthy living. Documentaries like Supersize Me and Fed Up, and books like Food Rules and Wheat Belly, have shown us that what we put into our body as fuel has a direct effect on our well-being (or lack thereof).
Poor nutrition can lead to massive health problems.
Recent studies have shown that “diet and nutrition are now the biggest risk factors for people’s health across the globe". Eating well is no longer just about losing or controlling weight; it’s a way of addressing and preventing disease, putting Medical Nutrition Therapy at the forefront of health and wellness.
Medical Nutrition Therapy can:
Sounds pretty fantastic, right?
While the name may seem clinical, with the registered dietitians at Dietitians at Home, MNT is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
Healthy eating isn’t rocket science; it starts with the basics:
Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.In a recent study, scientists found that a diet that includes 10 portions of fruit and veggies daily is associated with the lowest risk of disease and premature death. The best choices include apples, pears, citrus fruits, green leafy vegetables (like chicory and spinach), and cruciferous vegetables (like cabbage and broccoli). When your mom told you to finish your veggies, she was clearly right.
Limit your 3 S’s: salt, sugar, and saturated fat..This article, published by the University of Connecticut, says that if you want to lower your risk of heart disease and improve your health, you need to limit salt, sugar, and saturated fat. What does that look like? The majority of saturated fat comes from animal sources like meat, cream, butter, and other dairy products. Most salt comes from processed and restaurant foods. And the main culprits for sugar are baked goods, dairy products, alcohol, sauces, and sugary drinks.
Eat mindfully.Mindfulness is everywhere these days, and with good reason. Not only can mindful eating help you slow down and pay more attention to your body and cues for when you’re full, but cultivating mindfulness at the table can have added benefits like improved sleep, better focus, and lower stress, all of which will contribute to your overall health.
Aim for balance.While eating an entire box of cereal for dinner may seem like a good (and easy) idea at the time, a balanced diet includes items from all the essential food groups: grains, protein, fruit and vegetables, and dairy. Look for variety, taste the rainbow including foods of different colors on your plate, and try new things. Eating a variety of foods will help ensure your body gets all the nutrients it needs.
It’s a lifestyle, not a diet.
At the end of the day, the shift from the old school “diet” to a new way of eating for life is an important distinction. Diets are temporary, and after a brief period of restriction, people usually revert back to their previous (often unhealthy) ways. But the healthy, balanced attitude to food as medicine that you’ll discover with Dietitians at Home is a long-term, lasting approach. Whether you’re looking to manage a chronic health problem, gain energy, or lose weight, we can help and finally, you’ll understand what Hippocrates was talking about all those years ago; food will be thy medicine and you’ll discover a happier, healthier, more vibrant you.