Changing Your Eating
By Cindy Milner, RD
If you have a health
problem that requires you to modify your lifestyle and change the way you eat,
it’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed. Change is difficult, particularly around
issues related to food. The good news is that there are caring professionals in
this community with experience helping people like you initiate and sustain
Diet is a key factor in
the onset of many health problems, among them type 2
diabetes, obesity, heart disease, joint pain, and metabolic syndrome. To
successfully change your diet you must first learn how to make healthy food
choices and then begin to incorporate them into your busy life.
can I turn to for help?
Working with a registered dietitian
is a great place to start. Dietitians are experts in nutrition counseling, menu
planning, and portion control. We help our clients create eating plans that
incorporate individual food preferences and healthful food preparation. We
often begin by asking our clients to keep a food log so we can get a clear idea
of your current diet. This way we can help you figure out how to improve it and
what will work best for you.
If your goals are to eat
more healthfully, become more active, and lose weight, you might benefit from
classes offered through the Cayuga Center for Healthy Living (CCHL). Located at
the Island Health Center, CCHL can provide you with a team approach to
improving your overall health. Our physicians, nurse practitioners, cardiac
nurses, and dietitians are very experienced in helping people manage chronic
conditions such as heart disease and diabetes, and become more fit.
classes do you recommend?
CCHL offers a number of
classes to help people eat more healthfully and lose weight. There are a lot of
misconceptions about what is good for you. Our Healthy Living classes address
those misconceptions and focus on achieving a healthy diet and regular exercise
habits. We also explore disease prevention and stress-coping skills.
classes at CCHL include education on nutrition, food shopping and meal
preparation, in addition to telemetry-monitored exercise classes for
individuals with heart problems. People in our diabetes education classes get a
comprehensive overview of diabetes and learn how to effectively manage their
disease. We also work with bariatric (weight-loss) surgery patients both before
and after their surgery. Prior to surgery, we help them modify their diets and
lifestyle to be more healthy. After the surgery, we
provide follow-up, support, and education about food choices and portion sizes.
What we eat affects each
organ and every part of our body. Our diet has an impact on our risk of
developing diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. If you need help changing your
diet and your lifestyle, find out more about the resources available in your
community. At CCHL, we use science-based approaches supported by the latest
research. Our philosophy is one of slow, sustainable change because we have
found that quick fixes don’t work for long.
To find out more about the
services and classes available at the Cayuga Center for Healthy Living, please
call (607) 252-3590.
Milner is a registered dietitian and a certified dietitian nutritionist who is
also a certified specialist in sports dietetics. She is on the staff of Cayuga
Medical Center’s Cayuga Center for Healthy Living, where she can be reached at