“The Best Diet” is not a phrase you will hear me utter…ever. That is because there is no specific best diet for everyone. We are all unique and different and what works great for me, may not be so awesome for you. I remember sitting in my primary care provider’s office one day for a physical. I had not been staying active like I should have been. I had not been eating like I should have been and I knew what was coming.
I got through the exam and my provider sat on his swivel stool and started typing some things on his computer. He then looked up and asked me “do you know what the best diet is to lose weight?” I thought I was going to receive the secret of all secrets and was going to be able to lose weight almost magically. He then proceeded with the most practical advice I think I have ever received on the subject. “Cut out the junk”, he told me.
Fresh fruits and veggies, fatty fish high in Omega 3 fatty acids, and whole grains.
While this is true, there are some other things we can do to maximize our well-being and make our diets even better. Take the Mediterranean Diet, for example. This diet has been shown to decrease blood pressure, aid diabetics with controlling blood sugar and triglycerides, and now appears to help stop the inflammation process in our bodies. I will link to the article below. This way of eating is a fantastic way to eat with lots of fresh fruits and veggies, fatty fish high in Omega 3 fatty acids, and whole grains.
Some of you will say that you do not like fish and if you are anything like my sweet wife, the only seafood you will eat is salt-water taffy. But never fear, like I said before, not every diet is for everyone and there are different ways to get the beneficial macro and micro nutrients you need. One of my good friends, Heather, teaches people how to think differently about food and exercise. If you are interested, she can be found here.
The point of this is that food can have a very big impact on us as far as how we feel both from a chronic pain standpoint and from a diabetic stand point. If you would like to discuss this further or would like to schedule an appointment to talk about chronic pain, how we manage it, or diabetes management, please call and schedule an appointment was us.
“We are all unique and different and what works great for me, may not be so awesome for you.”Taylor Swenson, APRN, FNP-C
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