Generally, Dr. Dixon advises patients avoid foods that are white such as bread, potatoes, pasta, sugar and salt. Instead, she encourages people to incorporate more lean chicken, vegetables and fruits. And don’t drink your calories, she cautions.
Specifically, Dr. Dixon recommends patients follow the Mediterranean or DASH diets. Both prioritize heart health. Each diet is based on eating a lot of fruits, veggies and whole grains and getting healthy fats from foods such as fish and nuts.
Dixon also encourages patients who are struggling speak with a Tidelands Health nutritionist, who can make recommendations based on a person’s unique needs and health conditions.
It can be an adjustment, but it’s still possible to enjoy food while eating healthy.
“You don’t have to eat food you don’t like,” Dixon said. “You just have to shift your lifestyle.”