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Dietary And Nutrition Specialist

The Wellness Institute -  - Internist

The Wellness Institute

Internist & Medical Cannabis Specialist located in Fort Myers, FL

Dietary and nutrition guidance can help you maintain a healthy weight and improve your quality of life. It also provides a holistic, all-natural way to lower your risk of health problems like diabetes and heart disease. Jean-Jacque Vel, DO, and the team at The Wellness Institute of Fort Myers in Fort Myers, Florida, regularly offer dietary and nutrition counseling to men and women. If you want to live a healthier life, request an appointment today by calling the office or using the online scheduling tool.

Dietary and Nutrition Q&A

What is dietary and nutrition guidance?

Dietary changes and nutrition guidance work to improve your health, energy levels, and overall quality of life by changing up the food and beverages you consume. If you lead a busy lifestyle, it’s easy to rely on fast food and other fatty snacks to fuel your day-to-day activities. But over time, a poor diet increases your risk of developing serious health problems, including heart disease, obesity, and certain types of cancer. 

Implementing a healthy diet is one of the easiest and most effective preventive health measures. It ensures you get the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients you need while helping your body function at full capacity. 

What is a balanced diet?

A balanced diet is one that gives your body the nutrients it needs to thrive. In order to get proper nutrition from your diet, it’s important to consume healthy foods as much as possible, such as:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Lean proteins
  • Whole grains
  • Legumes
  • Nuts

A balanced diet also includes adequate hydration. While there’s nothing wrong with drinking soda or fruit juice every once in a while, it’s important you try and stick to water. Drinking eight eight-ounce glasses of water a day helps your brain and organs function as they should. 

What types of food should I avoid if I want to improve my nutrition?

If you want to improve your diet and nutrition, the team at The Wellness Institute of Fort Myers recommends avoiding empty calories. Common causes of empty calories include:

  • Bacon
  • Sausages
  • Cheese
  • Energy drinks
  • Ice cream
  • Pizza
  • Doughnuts

It’s okay to consume fun foods like these in moderation, but they shouldn’t make up the majority of your diet. If they are, you’re much more likely to gain weight and/or experience serious health problems. 

Am I a good candidate for dietary and nutrition guidance?

Anyone who wants to improve their eating habits and quality of life can benefit from dietary and nutrition guidance. That said, no two care plans are exactly alike. Following a physical exam, review of your medical history, and a discussion of your goals for treatment, the team at The Wellness Institute of Fort Myers develops a custom treatment regimen that aligns with your individual needs. 

To request your dietary and nutrition guidance consultation at The Wellness Institute of Fort Myers today, call the office or use the online scheduling tool at any time.