As you age, you may find that it is becoming more and more difficult to lose weight. Your hormones are fluctuating, your appetite is like a rollercoaster and you lack the energy your body needs to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Nutritional counseling is recommended during weight loss to help you learn about your eating habits and how those choices affect your health and lifestyle. There are many reasons why a person may seek nutritional counseling, especially in their older years. Our medical professionals will work closely with you to assess your current eating patterns and help you identify areas where you may need to change.
During a consultation, our specialist can help you understand how food affects your health and well-being. We may explain why there are certain foods that are important to be included in your diet. We will help you set goals and show you practical ways to change your unhealthy eating habits.
There are several ways that our specialist may assess your dietary habits. Once we have a clear picture of your dietary habits, we can identify any changes that are needed. You may have an idea of the changes that are needed, but need help in making the changes. Some people have no idea what they need to change. Making dietary changes is a gradual process. It may start with one or two items with additional changes over the next few months. Most people are not asked to make drastic changes in their eating habits all at once.
We may also help you overcome the obstacles that make changing difficult. These include:
- The inconvenience of preparing food you are not used to
- How to eat at social gatherings where you may not have a choice of what is served
- How to change your food preferences
- How to make time to eat a proper diet
Nutritional counseling may make a positive difference in several health conditions, including:
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Heart disease
If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms as you age, you may benefit from nutritional counseling:
- You have bouts of depression or anxiety
- You are unusually tired
- You have arthritis or other aches and pains
- You need better sleep
- You want to decrease food cravings that may be contributing to being overweight
- You have constant heartburn, diarrhea or constipation/bloating
- You want to help a family member eat healthier
Nutritional counseling services at Age Management Center of New England aim to help you improve your diet by making better food choices to improve your health and well-being as you age. Couple this with our hormone-based programs and you are sure to feel like yourself again. Just because you are getting older doesn’t mean you can’t have optimal physical, emotional and mental health.