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Food as Medicine - Your Questions Answered
You might be hearing the term “Food as Medicine” more and more as the connection between food and health has become clearer. While food choices don’t replace actual medicine when medically necessary, research shows that what we eat can impact our health.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the national organization for dietitians and nutrition professionals, defines Food as Medicine as a philosophy where food and nutrition aids individuals through interventions that support health and wellness. Let’s dive into what Food as Medicine means at Kroger and check out some simple ways to get started on your nutrition journey.
What is Food as Medicine?
At Kroger, we believe Food as Medicine means a dedicated, educated and personalized approach to eating and enjoying food, so we can live healthier lives and prevent illness before it starts.
Research shows that eating more foods with healthful attributes like fruits, vegetables and healthy fats, and eating foods with less healthful attributes like added sugar and sodium in moderation can support a healthy lifestyle. We understand that food should be enjoyed, which is why our registered dietitians help people find foods that fit their budget, needs, and preferences — all without sacrificing taste.
How Can You Incorporate Food as Medicine into Your Daily Life?
1. Make Small Changes
You don’t have to overhaul eating patterns overnight to work toward your health goals. Simple changes can have a meaningful impact on your health over time. We know most people aren’t looking to swap out cake for celery sticks on their birthday, but perhaps there are areas where you’re willing to make a change. Small changes could look like choosing baked chips instead of regular chips as a snack, or incorporating an extra helping of vegetables on your plate at dinner.
2. Work with a Registered Dietitian
Sometimes it’s easier to navigate nutrition when you can talk to an expert. As nutrition professionals, registered dietitians are the go-to experts to provide evidence-based, practical guidance as you navigate your food and health journey.
We believe healthy eating doesn’t have to mean hating what’s on your plate. Rather, we help you set and achieve your own goals. From nourishment for a health condition to personalized product recommendations for shopping and cooking tips, our expert dietitians have you covered.
By incorporating small changes that fit your lifestyle, you can work toward your health goals while eating food you actually enjoy.
This information is educational only and is not meant to provide healthcare recommendations. Please see a healthcare provider.
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If you are not covered on an employer or benefit plan, you can still connect with a Kroger Health registered dietitian! Click below to learn about telenutrition – personalized nutrition coaching and education when and where you need it!
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