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Medical Nutrition

Individuals with a multitude of medical conditions and illnesses can improve their overall health and quality of life from the foods they eat.  As leaders in the field of nutrition, the dietitians at Nu-Train provide thorough education as well as realistic strategies to help delay or prevent diseases such as:

 

Cardiovascular Disease

You are what you eat. If you are to consume risk-increasing foods that may elevate your blood pressure and/or your cholesterol, your overall risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) increases. Since heart disease is the number one cause of death in Americans, it is crucial to prevent, manage or even reduce your risk of the disease through proper nutrition.  At Nu-Train, we see many people with high blood pressure and high cholesterol , two risk factors of CVD.  Our goal is to educate you on foods that promote elevated blood pressure and cholesterol and then provide you with information on foods that can help prevent these elevations. Our goal is to help guide you in making healthy food choices that will help you ultimately prevent or conquer CVD. We also give you some great tips of food brands to look out for at the grocery store.

 

Eating Disorders

Abnormal eating behaviors can affect you both mentally and physically. Many people develop an eating disorder as a way of dealing with conflict, pressure as well as the stresses of life. It can manifest in weight preoccupation, inappropriate eating behavior and body image distortion.  Unfortunately, if it is left untreated, it can be fatal. The Registered Dietitians at Nu-Train take special care to help guide our eating disorder clients to a path of wellness. We promote healthy eating patterns and reduce preoccupation with body weight and size.

Anorexia Nervosa (AN): 

Refusing to eat, extreme weight loss and having an intense desire to be thin are key characteristics of someone suffering from AN. Some physical symptoms of AN include brittle hair and nails, dry skin, lowered blood pressure, cold intolerance and constipation.

Bulimia Nervosa (BN):

Routine, secretive binge eating followed by compensatory behaviors such as self-induced vomiting, use of laxatives or diet pills, or excessive exercising or dieting are some of the characteristics of someone suffering from BN. Binges can range in occurrence from once a week to several times a day and can be triggered by a variety of emotions including depression, anger or boredom.

Binge Eating Disorder (BED):

Repeated episodes of binge eating without inappropriate behaviors following the uncontrolled eating episode, is the main characteristic of someone suffering from BED.

 

Metabolic & Endocrine Disorders

Diabetes:

What you eat is closely connected to the amount of sugar in your blood. As such, it is crucial to make the right food choices to help control your blood sugar level.  At Nu-Train, we don’t believe in one type of diabetes meal plan since each client has different needs. Instead, we individualize a meal plan that suits your specific needs, fits your current eating habits and optimizes your blood sugar levels. We go over food labels and ingredient lists of various products to educate you about hidden added sugars and other carbohydrate sources.

Polycystic Ovary Syndrome:

Ensuring you eat a balanced diet with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is key to a healthy lifestyle. Many women with PCOS have high insulin levels which may signal their body to store excess fat, causing weight gain or hindering weight loss efforts. At Nu-Train, we help you understand how your body uses the food you consume and then help guide you in choosing the foods that will help keep your insulin levels down and make you feel better.

Hypothyroidism:

Hypothyroidism is a thyroid hormone deficiency which often manifests itself with symptoms of fatigue and weight gain. Although it can affect the entire body, nutrition can play an important role in obtaining normal thyroid function. At Nu-Train, we discuss important nutrients to help manage the condition.

 

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Celiac Disease:

This common and often genetic disorder is characterized by damage to the small intestine of the gastrointestinal tract with the consumption of gluten in food. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley and is found in a variety of foods and food products. The good news is that it is possible to control this medical condition with the complete elimination of gluten in your diet. At Nu-Train, we not only educate you on the basics of the disease, but we give you guidance on where you can find gluten-free products in your neighborhood and make you aware of common foods that may have hidden gluten.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD):

This disease which causes inflammation of the intestines can include Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Some symptoms that may be present include abdominal pain, diarrhea, cramping, fever and fatigue. Nutrition plays a critical role in managing the disease. Since malnutrition and severe weight loss is common in this disease, the Registered Dietitians at Nu-Train focus on educating their clients in optimizing their energy and protein intake to prevent malnutrition while collectively establishing a list of possible trigger foods to be avoided with flare-ups. Nu-Train customizes a meal plan that is specific to you.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS):

Doesn’t it seem like we all suffer from bouts of diarrhea and constipation every now and again?! IBS is a common problem that many people face. Abdominal cramping and pain after eating often results in diarrhea, constipation, gas or bloating, which are all signs of IBS.  Although IBS can cause a great deal of anxiety, the symptoms can often be controlled via the diet. At Nu-Train, we help identify your triggers and then work with you to make realistic changes in your diet.

 

Obesity

The increasing rate of obesity is of concern since its rise is paralleled with an increased risk of many diseases and health conditions including heart disease (hypertension, high blood pressure), diabetes, osteoarthritis and stroke. At Nu-Train, we discuss useful and realistic strategies to help our clients lose the weight, getting them at a healthy level and thus reduce their risk for other health complications.

 

Surgery Preparation

Whatever surgery that you may be having, whether it be gastrointestinal surgery or bariatric surgery, the dietitians at Nu-Train help optimize your health before you go under the knife. The dietitians review foods that will help make you ready for the big day.

 

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