Nutrition Specialist

Portland Wellness Center

Addiction Treatment Center located in Portland, TN & Hendersonville, TN

Your mother always told you that you are what you eat, and she was right. Eating a healthy, balanced, and nutritious diet is an essential part of protecting and preserving your health and wellness. Verna Bain, MD, and the team at Portland Wellness Center in Portland, Tennessee, offer nutrition counseling services to help you improve your health. Call the practice or schedule an appointment online today.

Nutrition Q & A

Why is nutrition important?

Nutrition provides your body with the energy, vitamins, and nutrients needed for optimal body function. Your body needs specific amounts of protein, carbohydrates, and fats to correctly function.

Eating a nutritious diet also helps control your weight, which is critical to long-lasting health. Obesity is linked to several dangerous chronic health diseases, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and arthritis.

What should a healthy balanced diet include?

A healthy diet needs to have enough calories to provide your body with the energy it needs. Even if you’re trying to lose weight, you should eat at least 1,200 calories every day. Additionally, you need a variety of vegetables, fruits, and lean protein sources. You should eat starchy carbohydrates like bread and pasta in moderation and consume limited quantities of fats.

You should focus on eating whole, natural foods instead of processed convenience foods. Whole foods like fresh fruits and vegetables are more nutritionally dense, which means they provide more of what your body needs with less empty calories. Whole foods also tend to have fewer calories per gram, so you can eat more and be satisfied without excess fat, salt, and sugar.

What is nutritional counseling?

At Portland Wellness Center, Dr. Bain and her team complete thorough assessments of your health with a detailed physical exam, blood panel, and consultation. She analyzes your health needs and uses that information to create a varied, nutritious, and delicious diet plan. For example, if you have a weight loss goal or are showing signs of elevated blood pressure, she can help you cater your diet plans to meet your needs.

You provide input on your likes, dislikes, and lifestyle to ensure your nutrition plan appeals to your taste and is manageable. For example, if you work long shifts and don’t have time to cook full meals every night, you may focus on meals that you can prepare in advance.

Am I a candidate for nutritional counseling?

Almost everyone can benefit from reviewing and adjusting their nutrition. Even if you think you’re eating healthily, working with Dr. Bain and the team at Portland Wellness Center can identify health issues that may not be causing symptoms and help you optimize your diet to improve your health.

Call Portland Wellness Center today or make an appointment online for customized nutrition counseling services.