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Nutrition Specialist

Youth and You

Family Medicine located in North Miami Beach, FL

Good nutrition is an essential part of maintaining a healthy way of life. At Youth and You in North Miami Beach and Hollywood, Florida, Florence Foucauld, MD, and her team provide coaching on good nutrition practices and healthy lifestyle behaviors to support a thriving body, healthy weight, and optimal wellbeing for all members of your family. If you’re ready to learn how your diet can help you reduce risk of chronic disease and promote your overall health, call the office, or schedule a consultation online.

Nutrition Q & A

Why is it important to think about nutrition?

The connection between good nutrition, healthy weight, and your wellness is irrefutable. What you eat becomes you – your organs, muscles, connective tissue, brain, skin, and hair all depend on optimal nutrition to thrive.

In the US, unhealthy eating habits contribute to the obesity epidemic, which affects about 34% of adults and 17% of children and adolescents. Even if you aren’t overweight or obese, poor nutrition can contribute to health issues that may cause illness or even early death.

A poor diet may increase your risk of:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Osteoporosis
  • Some cancers

What you eat also affects how you feel. Deficiencies in certain nutrients can cause pale skin, low energy, hair loss, and body aches.

What is good nutrition?

Good nutrition doesn’t mean starving yourself, eating salads only, or following the latest fad diet. Good nutrition means you consume a balanced diet with the proper amount of calories you need to fuel your daily activity.

Tips on healthy eating habits offered at Youth and You include:

  • Adding more fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Focusing on healthy fats, such as those found in avocados and nuts
  • Switching from refined grains to whole-grain foods, such as brown rice and oatmeal
  • Reducing the intake of added sugars and sodium, especially those in processed foods

Dr. Foucauld and her team can help you incorporate these healthy eating habits into each meal. Good nutrition doesn’t mean getting a set meal plan; rather, you learn the tools necessary to create your own based on your preferences, habits, and budget.

What other healthy habits help prevent disease and promote good health?

Being physically active, with a goal of about 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise (such as walking) daily, helps keep your heart, respiratory, and muscular systems healthy. Physical activity can also help you maintain a healthy weight.

Other health behaviors include avoiding unnecessary risks, such as always wearing a seatbelt and helmet (when cycling or skiing), as well as getting optimal sleep. Dr. Foucauld wants you to maintain a high quality of life, regardless of your age. Setting up healthy habits in youth translates to a lifetime of good living.

To get nutrition advice that maximizes your health and wellbeing, call Youth and You, or schedule an appointment online.