In episode 205, Prep Dish founder Allison Schaaf talks with Registered Dietitian Laura Ligos from The Sassy Dietitian and discusses important health metrics to track other than weight for optimum well-being.
Laura has been a practicing Registered Dietitian for over ten years and notes that becoming a mother has evolved the approach she takes in her work. She believes going over metrics for health other than weight is quite important to gain a picture of overall well-being and has discovered that though weight is often the outcome, the goal itself should be health.
Other important metrics to measure include sustained energy, improved brain cognitive function, good sleep hygiene, stress, performance, and symptoms (such as headaches and gut issues). The goal is to have a symptom-free life for higher quality health.
Laura suggests reverse engineering your food to assist with many of these health metrics, particularly by eating in the morning to increase daily energy levels. She also recommends eating every 3-5 hours and ensuring each meal provides solid sources of protein starting with breakfast.
Making a protein your starting point, you can then add color to your plate at breakfast time. Some ideas include a homemade breakfast burrito, quiche, or overnight oats with protein powder. Lifestyle and digestion for each person often determines the approach Laura takes in helping her clients in their goals of eating for optimum health. She often asks clients what they would want life to be like if their weight stayed the same. The answers to this question will decide the approach she takes in assisting her clients with their health goals.
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