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Pointers for Powerful Nutrition In 2015
Angie D. Watson, RD, LDN, CDE Lenoir Memorial Hospital Minges Wellness Center

Good nutrition is of such importance to our health, but it becomes absolutely paramount when we start making changes on our journey towards healthy weight loss.  In today’s world, we cannot go through a given day without hearing or seeing something about dieting or losing weight – whether it’s a TV commercial for the latest weight loss product, a news story on the debate about low carb versus low fat, or a Facebook link for the greatest breakthrough in fat burning.  These nutrition and weight loss messages through the media can sometimes make it hard to know just what nutrition advice to follow.  Well, we’re here to help you.  On this site you will find oodles of resources on healthy eating, wonderful healthy recipes, and everyday practical tips for successful weight loss.  As a Registered Dietitian, I’d like to help you wade through the sea of nutrition advice, and offer a few pointers for powerful nutrition in 2015!

1. Water, water, and more water – we hear this all the time but really can’t stress it enough.  Water does a body such good, and helps with weight loss by helping aid fullness.  Find a way to make it more “exciting” by adding sliced lemon or lime, some frozen berries, or a cucumber slice.  Aim for at least 64oz of water daily.
2. Choose a weight loss formula that works for you – a recent research study showed that the most effective weight loss program is one that is tailored to your lifestyle and preferences.  Whether it be low carb, low fat, more veggies, or cutting out sweets – you need to think about which one you are most likely to stick with for a lifetime.  That’s the plan you should follow.
3. More vegetables – think green, but also orange, red, yellow, even purple.  Almost all vegetables are powerful nutrient storehouses.  Yes, those green leafy veggies are great, but don’t be afraid to include many of the other non-starchy vegetables like zucchini, tomatoes, cabbage, carrots, or bell peppers.  Explore the rainbow of colors in your vegetables, and shake up your taste buds.

For more information contact the Minges Wellness Center


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