Only after a better nutrition assessment can you create a personalized nutrition plan. A personalized nutrition plan is essential for getting and staying healthy. Most check-ups, initial consults and follow-ups do not include a better nutrition assessment. That’s like trying to use Uber or Lyft without turning on your location settings. It won’t work.
Is my story like yours or your patients?
I tried to get healthy for a decade. My belly never felt great and it was always there. So I tried everything I could read (in those days there was no Google – I guess I was lucky 😉 and spent hours and dollars in appointments and on programs. Lab work, BMI, biometrics, allergy testing, none of these assessment tools helped my practitioners help me figure out what my body needed. I removed foods and added supplements, gave up drinking and added yoga. At times I felt ok, but never truly healthy.
I got healthy with a better nutrition assessment. For a decade, no one asked me about what was going in and on my body most often then nor in my past. Then I met an integrative gastroenterologist who asked me the questions in our better digestive assessment. Turns out my gut needed repair and my food choices were actually great. After I did this digestive tune-up, my belly got better and I never looked back. I enrolled in NYU to become a dietitian and took additional courses to learn about integrative nutrition. Today, thousands of people are healthier because we met and our work began with a better nutrition assessment.
Did you know research tells us that Body Mass Index (BMI) isn’t a better nutrition assessment?
Body Mass Index (BMI) measures weight for height, but not health. Look at the research findings on the link between BMI and several other health markers, including blood pressure, glucose, and cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Nearly half of individuals who are considered overweight by way of BMI were actually metabolically healthy, as were 19 million people with a BMI associated with obesity.
30% individuals in the normal or healthy BMI range were metabolically unhealthy.
“BMI as a proxy for health has led to nearly 75 million U.S. adults being misclassified as metabolically unhealthy or healthy “
Did you know that labs tell you what is in your blood but not the rest of your cells?
Magnesium needs to be in our blood or your heart can’t function. But it also belongs in your muscle cells and bone tissue to keep all of those healthy. Typical blood work does not look at magnesium unless you are in the hospital because it only tells us about 1% of your total body magnesium. Unless you assess food, drinks, supplements, creams, medications and lifestyle factors you can’t know if a body is getting enough magnesium. YOU, CAN. NOT. KNOW. And that means you don’t know if that body has what it needs to turn off stress more often.
Are genetic testing and nutrigenomics better nutrition assessments?
No and yes. They don’t tell you if someone’s total nutrition is giving a body enough of the nutrients it needs to run better daily. But they do help you figure out what foods you need, what forms might be better, and what lifestyle choices may improve your overall health. Learn more about culinary genomics from Amanda Archibald RD in this interview.
How can you do better nutrition assessments?
It begins with understanding the definition of better nutrition. Better total nutrition, specifically. The reason that existing nutrition assessments don’t work is because they aren’t based off of better nutrition.
Why is the current definition of nutrition not better?
Well-intentioned but not totally accurate, the global nutrition definitions don’t reflect how nutrients or nutrition impacts personal health today. Over 70% of US adults take supplements, while skincare, beauty products, oral and topical medications as well as cleaning supplies all give the body nutrients. Total nutritions looks at the nutrients and ingredients that challenge the body impacts its health. “Nutrition is the intake of food, considered in relation to the body’s dietary needs. Good nutrition – an adequate, well balanced diet combined with regular physical activity – is a cornerstone of good health. ” World Health Organization.
What is the definition of better nutrition?
What needs to be in a better nutrition assessment?
A better nutrition assessment must include a review of a person’s total nutrition which includes all the ways their body gets nutrients and any ingredients that could be interfering with its better functioning. Additionally, it should include the other results that other tools can provide – depending on the scope of the provider – include lab values (blood, urine, stool, saliva), biometrics etc.
How can a better nutrition assessment work?
Conducting a better nutrition assessment allows a practitioner and their patient collaborate to get all the information about what currently impact their health. Using tools like better nutrition evaluations along with other tools – biometrics, BMI, lab tests – will ensures a clear understanding of the role that a person’s current total nutrition is playing in their current health. That helps both practitioner and patient see what is working and what could be better. A better nutrition plan keeps what is working and build on it by addressing what needs attention.