GI & FOOD ALLERGIES
DISORDERS & FOOD ALLERGIES
With help from our registered dietitian, patients with diabetes and pre-diabetes will understand how certain foods can either raise or lower blood sugar. Individuals will be instructed on choosing the right types of carbohydrates along with the appropriate serving size. Meal planning and education on carbohydrate counting for insulin dependent diabetics is an imperative part of the treatment plan.
• Carbohydrate counting and meal planning
• Pre diabetes treatment and/or prevention of diabetes using food
• Improving insulin resistance through dietary and lifestyle modifications
• Education on portion control for management of blood sugar
• Adjusting carbohydrate intake for patients on regimented insulin
• Education on reading a food label for total carbohydrates, fiber, and added sugars
• Low carb recipe modifications
Patients with elevated blood pressure will learn how to identify foods high in salt and replace them with their lower sodium counterparts. In conjunction to a low sodium diet, patients will learn how to include minerals
that are effective for blood pressure reduction such as magnesium, calcium, and potassium. We will explain
the importance of exercise and lifestyle modifications, and help incorporate these things into each patient’s individual lifestyle.
• Implementation of sodium restricted diets
• Therapeutic DASH diets
• Education for dining out out and ordering off a menu to minimize sodium consumption
• Exercise and lifestyle modifications
• Education on reading labels and food preparation techniques to reduce salt intake
Treatment for both hyperlipidemia and dyslipidemia involve altering the amounts and types of fats that an individual consumes. Patients will be educated on how to lower their intake of unhealthy fats while increasing their intake of heart healthy fats. Research shows that elevated cholesterol puts patients at a greater risk for heart disease, stroke, and metabolic syndrome. Making dietary modifications to improve heart health greatly reduces the risk of comorbid conditions.
• Lowering “bad” LDL cholesterol and triglycerides
• Raising “good” HDL cholesterol to improve lipid profile
• Decreasing triglyceride levels through carbohydrate controlled diets
• Education on different types and sources of dietary fat
• Heart healthy menu reading for dining out
• Recipe substitution and low fat cooking techniques
Nutrition therapy for gastrointestinal disorders (IBS, Crohn’s disease, colitis, reflux, celiac, and food allergies) includes educating the patient on foods that can aggravate specific conditions. Dietary modifications to prevent flare ups or GI distress often involve dietary modification and or elimination of trigger foods.
• Dietary modification to prevent flare ups or GI distress
• Elimination of trigger foods
• Gluten free diets for celiac disease
• Low residue vs high fiber diets for patients with Crohn’s disease and Colitis
• Dietary management of acid reflux disease (GERD)
• Identifying and treating food allergies and intolerances
Whether a patient’s goal is weight loss, weight gain, or treatment of disordered eating, maintenance of a healthy weight is correlated with a lower incidence of disease. Behavioral techniques are taught to patients as a way to modify non-hunger related food intake. Balance, moderation, and portion control are incorporated so that individuals can still enjoy the foods they love. Using metabolic testing, a patient’s calorie needs are measured directly to ensure that nutrient needs are accurately met.
• Weight loss/Weight gain/Weight maintenance
• Weight management for patients with hypothyroidism
• Nutrition following bariatric surgery
• Behavioral modification techniques for non-hunger related food intake
• Menu and food label reading for dining out and navigating the supermarket
• Education on balance and portion control
• Metabolic functioning and testing for individualized calorie needs
Maintaining a healthy body weight while choosing the right foods is a difficult task for any expecting mom. Nutrient status at the time of conception plays a key role in the health of both mom and baby. Meeting with
a Registered Dietitian for prenatal nutrition therapy takes the guesswork out of making sure that your individual needs are met before, during and after pregnancy.
• Weight management for increasing the chances of conceiving
• Carbohydrate controlled diets for patients with gestational diabetes
• Treatment of polycystic ovarian syndrome through dietary modifications
• Adjusting calorie, protein, vitamin/mineral needs through the different stages of pregnancy
• Post natal and lactation nutrition
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