What a healthy and nutritiously stocked kitchen looks like
by David Grotto, RD, LDN, author of The Best Things You Can Eat
True health care reform cannot happen in Washington. It has to happen in our kitchens, in our homes, and in our communities. All health care is personal. — Mehmet Oz M.D.
After years of being a cancer fighting nutritionist and seeing patients in stuffy, cramped offices filled with rubber food models and empty food packages used as educational tools, I realized something was missing: I was using food in my environment, not theirs. It wasn’t until a patient asked me to visit her home that I soon realized what was missing. I discovered that nutritional pitfalls weren’t happening in my office… they were happening on the home front. And what better way to teach patients how to make better nutritional decisions to heal and improve overall health than in their own homes?
Though I may not be able to visit everyone’s home who is reading this article, I thought it might be beneficial to walk you through one of my practical “shelvic exams” that I perform at patients’ homes and show you the best foods to stock your kitchen with. Ready? This won’t hurt a bit…
Before letting me into your virtual kitchen, let me offer you three factors to consider: taste, portions, and ingredients. Eating a healthy diet is easy to do when you keep your freezer, refrigerator, cabinets and pantries stocked with these essential healthy ingredients.
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About David GrottoAuthor of 101 Optimal Life Foods; 101 Foods That Could Save Your Life and The Best Things You Can Eat (January 2013)
President and Founder, Nutrition Housecall, LLC Blogger, Real Life Nutrition WebMD
Nutrition Advisor for Fitness Magazine
Advisory Board Chicago Food and Nutrition Network
Advisory Board Benedictine University Nutrition Programs
Former Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics