“I love everything about Philadelphia, and its food is like the city itself: real-deal, hearty, and without prevention” – Lisa Scottoline
The real-deal and hearty food of Philly is just as important as the multiple historical monuments throughout the city. Unfortunately, no matter how much we would like our diet to be a rotation of the best cheesecakes Philly has to offer, it’s not the most nutritional choice.
A healthy diet is a sure way of increasing your overall health. A healthy diet is proven to increase your happiness, life expectancy, and overall well-being.
However, making the switch to a healthy lifestyle can be challenging at first. Certified nutritionists are health professionals that work with clients to find the best diets and exercise regimes that suit each individual.
A qualified nutritionist will be able to resolve concerns specific to you and your body by providing step by step instructions, food plans, shopping lists, recipes, nutrient guidance and most importantly, support to help implement it.
Nutritionists can help with menu planning and meal preparation options for a busy lifestyle. (Photo by Ella Olsson on Unsplash)
This guidance comes in the form of a program or guide.
The following are a list of topics that a certified nutritionist would cover through their services:
As easy as it is to find a delicious Philly cheesesteak, it can be just as easy to find a qualified nutritionist in the city. Heath care facilities and clinics throughout the city are home to licensed dietitians whose goal is to give you the best nutrition advice.
According to the Philadelphia Magazine, these are the “Best Nutritionists in Philly”:
Nutritionists in Philadelphia offer their services to both individuals and families. (Photo by Luis Quintero on Unsplash)
These are only three out of hundreds of great quality nutritionists in Philadelphia. Through some googling, you will also come across other qualified nutritionists with wide scopes of practice.
After deciding on your nutritionist, you might ask… well, what happens next?
Next comes the initial consultation. Like in most health professions, a nutritionist needs to meet with you and assess your situation. Depending on the services provided by your dietitian, this can either be an face to face appointment at their place of practice or through a phone/web call.
Some nutritionists might ask you to do some work beforehand. That may range from filling in a detailed health questionnaire, or a 3-day food diary. This is done so that your nutritional therapist can get a good overall picture of your current health status, diet and lifestyle.
During your first consultation, your dietitian will take notes on your diet and medical history (Photo by Luis Quintero on Unsplash)
A health questionnaire may cover questions about:
The goal of a consultation is to get to know you as much as possible in order for the dietitian to be able to provide you with personalized advice. Measurements of your weight, height and body fat levels will be taken during your visit. The whole process may take around 1.5 hours.
By the end of your first visit, your dietitian will have provided you with either a tailored meal plan or personalized eating guidelines – depending on your preference – so you can immediately get started working on your goals.
Throughout the city of Philadelphia, there are a handful of organizations that have been working together to promote nutritious and healthy eating with the Philadelphia community.
One of these organizations is MANNA. MANNA an organization, who’s mission is to bring together dietitians, chefs, drivers, and thousands of volunteers to cook and deliver nutritious, medically appropriate meals and provide nutrition counseling to neighbors who are battling life-threatening illnesses such as cancer, renal disease, and HIV/AIDS.
The nutritionists at MANNA hone in on the idea of mindfulness in all aspects of your life. They have come up with several tips for mindful eating, as a way of becoming aware of our thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations related to eating and, in turn, improving our overall health.
The Philly community and local government has come together to work for a healthier community. (Photo by Brandon Jacoby on Unsplash)
Here are MANNA’s Tips for Practicing Mindful Eating:
The local government in Philly has also weighed in on improving the health of the city’s residents. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health has set up an online database for finding healthy and affordable food.
At Food Fit Philly you can view all of the sources for finding restaurants, stores and markets recommend by the leading dietitians in the city.
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