Week Four: Q&A with HAC’s Registered Dietitians

Jeannie Versagli and Ashely Boyer are our Registered Dietitians that are available to coach individuals in every aspect of nutrition and health.  Look for their input on nutrition and dietetics throughout this month as we are featuring their responses to topics of interest to our members and the general public.

We hope you find their responses enlightening, informative and motivational, to enlighten your path to wellness.

What is the best advice you would give to someone to follow a healthy lifestyle?

First, make a commitment to live a healthy lifestyle. I would recommend exercising daily and including both cardio, strength, and flexibility training weekly. Stick to proper portion sizes. Include healthy fats, fiber-rich carbohydrates and healthy fats at meals and snacks. Try to stay consistent with meal and snack timing. Control stress! 

What is the best advice you would give to someone to follow a healthy lifestyle?

Find your balance with eating and exercising, because it must be done every day. 

Eating mindfully is necessary for success with eating and knowing what a healthy eating plan is.

Extremes do not win out…. Our bodies do not make nutrients they are totally dependent on the foods we eat. So, if you omit a food group you eventually become deficient in certain nutrients.   The best nutritional plan to follow is the Mediterranean diet, focusing on plant-based proteins and cold-water fish.  Exercise for at least 150 minutes per week.

Food becomes unhealthy when we don’t eat in moderation or balance our nutrients.

Creating habits is much easier to achieve if you love what you are doing.  Food should be our friend, not our enemy. We need to nourish to flourish.

One should eat to live, not live to eat.” – Benjamin Franklin


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