AGL Wellness Lunch & Learn: Balancing Nutrition

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On August 13, AGL Atlanta held its latest wellness lunch & learn session. This month’s topic was “Balancing Nutrition,” a shared event with our corporate guests, Global Aerospace. Our presenter was Page Love, MS, RD, LD, CSSD, registered and licensed dietitian/nutritionist, of Nutrifit Sport Therapy Inc. (www.nurtifitga.com).
Page began by posing the following questions for participants to consider:
  • What does your plate look like?
  • Do you skip breakfast or other meals?
  • Are you drinking a minimum of 80 ounces (10 cups) of hydrating fluids per day?
She advised us to set one goal to balance our nutrition with a dietary change. For example, if that goal is to add more vegetables to one’s diet, she suggested:
  • Making V8 juice, V8 Splash, or tomato juice one of your drink choices
  • Adding lettuce and tomato to a sandwich
  • Eating raw vegetables as sides
  • Trying soup with lots of vegetables or a vegetable smoothie
  • Eating nutrient-dense vegetables such as Romaine lettuce, sweet potatoes, cabbage and avocado

 

Page also made suggestions for menu planning and shared tips on portion sizes, including:

  • Eat at least 3 regular meals and 2 snacks per day
  • Try not to go more than 3-4 hours without eating
  • Include adequate servings of each food group at every meal
  • Plan 3-4 ounces of protein at least twice a day
  • Consume small amounts (1 teaspoon) of fat at each meal to help with satiety and stabilizing blood sugar
  • Aim to have both a protein and carb at snack time
  • Drink at least 8 ounces of decaffeinated beverage with each meal and aim for 16 ounces at each snack time