A Dietitian’s Tips for Eating & Feeling Better Today
Now the clinical dietitian and certified diabetes care and education specialist for Clark Memorial Health, Terri helps motivate people to make changes to live healthier lives.
“I want to help people understand how important nutrition and having a healthy lifestyle is and be able to make positive changes to reduce the risk of different diseases,” she says. “It’s easier said than done to make changes, but it’s a mental approach.”
- Portion control and moderation are key. Terri says she doesn’t deprive herself, her family, or her clients of treat foods – she just emphasizes keeping the portion sizes under control. “With my kids’ lunches, I allow them to have the ‘sometimes’ food, such as a Rice Krispie treat. I may just give them half of it. I don’t want to deprive them so they go to town on unhealthy foods. Their friends ask, ‘Why do you only have half of that?’ They say, ‘Because my mom’s a dietitian.’ But that’s OK because that’s instilling in their friends too that portion control does mean something.”
- Have healthy options on hand. Terri says this is especially important during the pandemic: “A lot of times when you’re working from home, you just grab whatever because you’re hungry. Be aware of what you’re stocking in your cupboards so you have healthier choices available.” Her recommendations for some healthier snacks include Skinny Pop popcorn, fruits and vegetables already cleaned and in bags, celery and peanut butter, or raisins.
- Find your ‘why.’ Terri starts her weight loss and diabetes classes with helping clients find a motivation that will help them stay on track. “A lot of them say, ‘I want to be around for my family or my grandkids,’ or ‘I want to be able to have more energy,’ or ‘If I lost the weight, I wouldn’t have to be on these medications anymore.’ I also try to get them to have something tangible, like an outfit out of the closet they want to get back into, so it’s something they can see.”
- Plan ahead. Terri usually takes Sunday afternoons to make some meals ahead for the week, such as breakfast burritos she can keep in the freezer. “You have to meal plan on a day you don’t have a whole lot to do,” she advises.
Learn more about or register for Terri’s diabetes and weight loss services or call 812.218.7966.