Live Healthier, Happier and more Balanced Lives!
By: Nan Kavanaugh
Dieticians, or nutritionists, are not miracle workers. If you suffer from a disease that can be treated by a diet change, or are worried that without a significant diet change your health might be in danger, then finding a nutritionist is the right move for you.
When a doctor recommends a diet change for health issues, it can be tough to execute. This is where a nutritionist comes in. A good nutritionist can come up with a diet plan that works with your life style. They will look at what you eat, and when you eat (by asking you to record it for a week), and then determine what needs to be done to meet your health needs.
The American Society of Clinical Nutrition is a good resource for medical nutritionists, and the American Dietetic Association is also a great resource as well. Registered dieticians often have specialties, so find out who in your area will best fit your needs and go from there.
Here are a few extra tips to serve you in your search:
Things to Look For:
• Blood and Urine Analysis: A good nutritionist will use these tools for diagnosis.
• If you are given a diet to follow, a good nutritionist will follow up in a week or two and make adjustments according to your input on the results.
• The American Society of Clinical Nutrition is a good resource for finding a medical nutritionist.
Things to Avoid:
• Hair Analysis: Hair is dead tissue, and cannot tell you what your current nutrient deficiencies are, so ask for other methods for diagnosis.
• Beware any nutritionist that tells you that things you have long felt to belong to a healthy diet are not good for you and ask you to remove them from your diet immediately.
Michael Mayo has been an integral part of the Heart Ride for the First Coast Chapter of the American Heart Association, and a leader in Men Go Red. We asked him to share with us some information about Men Go Red and the evolution of the Heart Ride, and what it means to our community .
1. What is the mission behind Men Go Red?
The mission behind Men Go Red is to support and advocate for the cardiovascular health of the women in our lives.
2. How was the idea of the Heart Ride conceived?
When we created Men Go Red a couple of years ago, we were looking for an event that would draw men and to women to our cause. Being a motorcycle enthusiast myself, I thought it would be a great way to make a statement and raise awareness.
3. How has the event grown?
The Heart Ride is in its second year. We expect to triple in rider participation, and the Chili Cook-Off After Party is an added feature for riders and non-riders. Having the ride in Heart Month has elevated the excitement. We are thankful for the impact the media has produced with posters, radio spots, magazine editorials, billboards and social media outlets. Community support has taken the ride to the next level.
4. How do events like this raise awareness about heart disease?
Most of the time someone in your circle has to have an incident before you acknowledge that the next victim could be you. Over 80% of Cardiovascular tragedies can be prevented. The Heart Ride is an opportunity to bring the reality of the disease forward. The death of Paul Figura shocked all of Jacksonville. We will have a tribute to Paul at the ride. His family and friends are sharing his story in hopes of saving lives.
5. How can our readers get involved?
Come out on Feb. 28th, even if you don’t ride a motorcycle. Show your support and learn more about preventing your own heart attack or stroke. Join Men Go Red and become an advocate.
Chocolate is a full flavor experience, and so choosing a bold wine is your best bet. Here are a couple combos that are sure to make your taste buds happy.
Dark Chocolate: A dark chocolate that is high in cocoa, but low in sugar is best paired with a Cabernet Sauvignon or a Shiraz. High tannin red wines compliment the complex flavor profile of a bitter dark chocolate. If you are sampling a sweeter dark chocolate, a Ruby Port is the way to go.
Milk Chocolate: For those with a sweeter tooth, try a Tawny Port wine or a Hungarian Tokaji. If you are looking for something light and bright, a Muscat makes a lovely compliment.
White Chocolate: Not technically chocolate, we thought we would give you some tips on white chocolate anyway. Try a Riesling or Champagne to bring out the vanilla and honey flavors of the chocolate.