Would you like to decrease the amount of foot pain you experience and also lower your risk for diseases such as diabetes and peripheral arterial disease that can result in podiatric dysfunction? At Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, we know most of our Macomb County patients would answer, “yes!” One solution you may not have thought of is losing weight. March is National Nutrition Month, and our podiatrists, Dr. Anthony Benenati, Dr. Neil Shaw, and Dr. Philip M. Watkins, want to encourage you to jump-start your healthier eating plan with some of the seven tips below.
- Know what you need. Many people overeat because they are not aware of how much they should be eating and are not mindful of what they’re putting in their mouths. At www.ChooseMyPlate.gov, you can find out your daily requirements from each food group.
- Downsize your portions. Using a smaller plate will automatically decrease the amount of food you eat.
- Take your time. Did you know it takes your brain 20 minutes to realize that your body is being fed? Remember to thoroughly chew each bite before putting more food in your mouth. Put your fork down between bites too.
- Focus on your food. Sit down and eat your meal in one place. People tend to overeat when they have their meals while doing other things.
- Get it to go. Most restaurants serve oversized portions. When you get your meal, ask for a take-out container and pack half of it to take home.
- Redesign your plate. Start by filling half of it with vegetables and salad. Then use one quarter for lean fish, chicken or meat, and the remaining quarter with whole grains.
- Swap lower fat and calorie versions of the foods you love. Using low-fat milk, yogurt, and other dairy products, for example, will give you the type of flavors you crave as you cut calories.
Need an additional incentive? For every pound you lose, you reduce the pressure on your knees and feet by 3-5 pounds. To learn more ways to improve the health of your feet, contact our Macomb (586) 416-3668, St. Clair Shores (586) 779-6140 or Warren (586) 756-3338 office today.