Mindful Eating & Nutrition – Shani Verchick, RD

Mindful Eating & Nutrition – Shani Verchick, RD

November 2, 2019 0 By Ewald Bahringer


Foods provide the energy and the nutrients
you need to be healthy. Good nutrition is associated with reduced risk of many diseases.
We spoke to Registered Dietician Shani Verchick who offers nutrition counseling and education
and discusses the importance of good nutrition. Eating balanced meals, fresh foods, whole
foods, whole grains is really essential and really important to maintaining good overall
health. It helps to keep your mood balanced, it can help to keep your body energized throughout
the days. Diets do not work, you can go on a diet, you can quickly lose weight but what
happens is that when you go off of that diet, chances are first of all you gain that weight
plus you may even gain more. So people often go on a yoyo diet that’s what happens. So
my recommendation and what I usually counsel is on what’s called Mindful Eating. It’s becoming
aware of what you’re eating, of when you’re eating and why you’re eating. Many people
each for different reasons. We eat because we’re physically hungry, we also eat out of
habit: for example it’s afternoon and I’m used to having my snack so I’m going to have
it whether I’m hungry or not. The other reason we eat is because for emotional reasons. So
when you’re happy, you’re sad you’re anxious, you’re angry, you’re bored so those are the
different reasons people eat. So what I counsel on is teaching people how to get back in touch
with their natural hunger and fullness cues and to learn to eat when they’re actually
physical hungry rather than when they’re emotionally hungry. Start the day off the right way by
eating a balanced breakfast. Which would consist of protein a whole grain and some sort of
fruit usually. A few hours later you may want to consider having a balanced snack and then
a nice lunch, and then in the afternoon at that time when your energy tends to dip, it’s
a great idea to have a balanced snack which would consist of a protein and usually a fruit
or a grain. What that will do is to actually keep your blood sugars steady until your next
meal. So it will keep you satisfied longer and it will help to keep your energy going
throughout the day. Registered Dietician Shani Verchick talks about meals at dinner time.
The best way to handle dinner is to actually take the time to prepare fresh foods and so
you could grill fish, you can bake fish, you can broil it for example; the same thing with
chicken or a lean cut of meat also to have some vegetables on your plate, whether it’s
a salad and a side vegetable, you can sautee it you can roast it, there’s so many different
ways to do it and then to have some sort of whole grain. What is your advice on parents
on good nutrition for their children? Obesity in children is a big problem on our country
today. What’s happening today is kids are eating more and more of that highly processed
food which is putting more weight on them. Ideally we want our kids to go back to the
basics and of parents to go back to the basics of choosing whole foods whole grains, fresh
meats, fresh fruits and vegetables fresh fish rather than highly processed. That is really
the key to changing the obesity epidemic today.