4. Nutrition and Healthy Eating – “Maximizing Life with a Disability” with Scott Chesney


– Hello and welcome back to A Nu You: Maximizing Life with Disability. I’m Scott Chesney. And with me is Registered
Dietician & Nutritionist Amy Witterschein. How are you? – Good
How are you? – Pleasure to meet you.
– You as well. – Fantastic. And why we wanted to bring in Amy today is that we wanted to
examine because we all know the importance of eating healthy
and having good nutrition. Our eating habits and our
nutrition is vitally important. So, let’s first look at that person who has acquired a disability. So they are able-bodied and
have whatever type of diet they may have, and then
whether it be an accident, or an injury, or an illness
at some stage of their life, disruption occurs. And eating habits have to change in order for us to continue. How can we take a look at that? – Sure. So one of the first things I see when someone first has that change, is a drastic change in how they eat. They’re either not eating
because they’re upset, they have a lot of
emotional things going on, or in turn, they go the
other way and they’re trying to eat to make themselves feel better. And neither one of these
works or serves that person. The biggest thing that
we need people to do is continue to make healthy habits. Being in, you know, less mobile, your calorie needs are gonna be less. So it’s finding that balance
of how can you still feel full, feel satisfied, without
gaining excess weight. Try to limit the processed
foods, the added sugars, the hydrogenated oils and trans fats, because those are things that really will contribute to metabolic diseases. – I’m hearing a lot about
certain types of diets that are high in fiber, and because
again one of those things that we go through our bladder
and bowl changes as well, so that’s very important. Would that be something that you instill in your daily lifestyle? – Yes. So I’m really big into making
small, sustainable changes. So my first suggestion to people would be to pick one meal, and then just working that
small changes after that, but I find a lot of people do really well to start with one meal. I look for in every meal a
balance of carbohydrates, fats and protein. And you wanna be specific about all of these types of things. So, for carbohydrates you wanna look for mostly whole-grain products. So for breakfast you’d probably do best with like an oatmeal,
or a whole-grain bread, something like that. – And if we were gonna give ’em two or three more new challenges, absolute musts when you’re
thinking of your diet and nutrition for those people
with mobility disabilities. – Okay. So, my number one
recommendation especially to help prevent heart disease and diabetes is to adopt a Mediterranean type of diet. This is our lean proteins, our beans, our healthy fats like our olive oil, our nuts, our whole-grains; not eating a lot of processed
foods that come out of a box; trying to avoid the added
sugars, that’s a big one. – Please look at that red
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