Laura Wolfe, RDN, CDE, one of Reproductive Medicine Associate’s of Connecticut (RMACT) Nutritionists took some time to write about the new, updated government food and beverage guidelines.
What do they mean for you? And for me? And for all of us?
How the New Dietary Guidelines Impact Fertility Nutrition
The reason for those questions is that one plan never fits all– we are individuals– and Laura sees that quite clearly. Even with the most excellent, well thought out guidelines, we each have ways in which we will need to make it our own.
I’m not suggesting, and neither is Laura, that we substitute potato chips for a baked potato. That’s not the idea.
Instead, consider making an appointment to see Laura or Carolyn Gundell, MS so that you can figure out how to have crunchy potatoes if chips are off the table, so to speak.
My secret? Oven roasted potatoes. Very little oil, no frying.
They meet the new guidelines and they are delicious.
Do you have a recipe or type of food that you would like to see our Nutritionists do magic with? Leave a comment below and let’s see about adapting that recipe so that you can still enjoy it with less fat and calories and much less guilt. ~ Lisa Rosenthal
A Nutrition Plan, Tailored For You
Recently the government came out with new Dietary Guidelines to help Americans make healthier food and beverage choices. Updated every five years, the Dietary Guidelines started in 1980 and are used in many national nutrition programs, including the national school lunch and breakfast program. The emphasis on the new 2015-2020 guidelines was on “shifting” meal patterns to include more vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy, lean proteins and whole grains while reducing added sugar and certain kinds of fats, namely, saturated and trans fats.
These general guidelines were developed to help prevent obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and other chronic conditions, which are growing at alarming rates. While making these shifts are laudable, using guidelines to create an individualized nutrition plan can be daunting, especially with the vast amount of nutrition information (and sometimes misleading information) out there. Considering we are different in size, gender, age, medical history, health goals and fertility plans, why shouldn’t our nutrition plan be individualized too?
Developing a fertility nutrition plan with one of our RMACT Nutritionists can help you find a healthy, fertile plan to put into place during preconception planning which can then be continued into a healthy pregnancy. Prenatal nutrition counseling can help with morning sickness, appropriate pregnancy weight gain, address increased nutrient needs and discuss which foods are safe to eat, and which foods are better to avoid. Understanding and making healthy, balanced choices, which fit into your cultural preferences, budget and lifestyle, can help lower bad cholesterol, reduce insulin resistance, achieve desired weight loss (or weight gain), alleviate gastrointestinal conditions and help to achieve a healthy pregnancy and a healthy family.