How to Improve Your Health through Nutrition

By Quncie Grounds, RDN, LD, CNSC tags: Chronic Disease, Dietitian, Disease Prevention, Nutrition

Did you know that good nutrition and physical activity can support a healthy life? With more than one in three American adults classified as obese, nearly one in four adults living with diabetes, and heart disease accounting for one in every four deaths in America each year, nutrition and exercise have never been more important. 

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) are using nutrition to help in preventing diseases and as a therapeutic agent in the management of chronic disease.  RDNs are the food and nutrition experts who can translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living and managing disease.

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The most important aspect of my job is to advocate for nutrition as an important component of health and wellness. I have been a practicing dietitian for more than 20 years who grew up in a family of great cooks and zealous gardeners. My parents were my role models for a healthy lifestyle. This love of food, cooking, gardening and active lifestyle guided me to my career in dietetics.

We’re taking steps to practice what we preach daily in our hospitals. Our dietitians have developed menus that have recipes for flavor and health, incorporating concepts of lower sodium, lower fat and increased intake of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Kindred’s hospitals post nutrition information about the daily café menu items to give patients and their loved ones the opportunity to make informed decisions on what they eat.

In 2018, the focus of National Nutrition Month in March is ‘Go Further with Food.’ The idea is to put the focus on nature’s bounty of fabulous food.

One way to improve nutrition is to incorporate healthy habits into your daily lifestyle.  A good start would be with eating a healthy breakfast.  A good breakfast can provide your body and mind with fuel to get your day started right.  Incorporate a lean protein, whole grains and fresh fruits or vegetables.

The recipe below for breakfast egg bites is nutritionally balanced and can help you start your day on a positive, healthy note.

Give this recipe a try:

Egg Bites

7 eggs (can use egg substitute)

¼ tsp black pepper

¼ cup skim milk

1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

¾ cup parmesan cheese

1 cup spinach, coarsely chopped

¼ cup onion, chopped

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven 350°F
  2. Grease a 12-count muffin pan with cooking spray
  3. In a bowl, whisk eggs until smooth
  4. Add pepper, milk, cheeses, spinach, and onion, mix well
  5. Spoon mixture into muffin pan to about 2/3 full
  6. Bake 20 minutes or until edges become golden

What steps are you taking to be healthier? Are you caring for a loved one and worry about their nutritional needs? Share your stories and experiences in the comments below.

About Quincie Grounds

Grounds, RDN, LD, CNSC, has worked with Kindred Healthcare for 25 years. Additionally, she has worked with patients in home health, HIV/AIDs, enteral/parenteral nutrition home infusion, cardiac rehabilitation, diabetes management, weight management and pediatrics. Her love for combining nutrition and cooking led to being an instructor at a culinary institute teaching the principles of good nutrition with great taste. As the Division Director of Nutrition and Culinary Services with Kindred Healthcare, she develops policies, procedures, programs, menus, and education resources for Kindred hospitals.  She provides on-site evaluation of clinical nutrition and culinary service.