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Clinical Nutrition For Dummies by Michael Rovito

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Introduction

The notion that you can eat your way to a healthier, longer life is an awesome concept. Think about it: Within your power is the opportunity to control one of the biggest factors impacting your health: your diet. Through diet, you can prevent, treat, and even cure diseases. Even more amazing is that the diet that promotes good health isn't difficult to follow. It's quite simple, actually: You simply eat high-fiber, low-fat foods, choose lean proteins, limit junk food, and watch portion sizes.

Still, changing lifestyle behaviors can be very difficult psychologically. Even though some will tell you that losing weight is a simple matter of math — eat fewer calories than you burn — the reality is much different. Eating isn't merely a way to fuel your body; how people react to foods also has emotional and social components as well. On top of that, you have to factor in food addictions, dietary allergies, and the thousands of other factors that influence how and what a person eats. Well, you can see how a simple concept — that you can improve your health by improving your diet — gets a bit more complicated. Eating right for your health is more than a physical challenge; it's a mental challenge as well.

Clinical nutrition is both an art and a science, and the primary goal of clinical nutritionists is to help people make healthy dietary choices. To do so requires doing the following:

  • Understanding the connection between food and health and incorporating that information ...

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