At Gentle Professional Foot Care we believe in a total body approach to health. The choices you make with regard to caring for the rest of your body have a significant impact on the health of your feet. Take your diet, for example. The food you eat can energize your body and help prevent disease. As a podiatric patient this means you will be less likely to come to our Venice office complaining of foot pain. If you’re maintaining a healthy weight chances are you’re active and exercise regularly which means better circulation and overall health for your feet. A nutritious diet and healthy weight also means you’ll be less prone to heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and arthritis—conditions that all can have a negative effect on your feet.
In honor of National Nutrition Month, we’d like to offer our patients the following tips to make healthier eating easier:
1. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Try subbing veggies for crackers or chips when eating salsa, hummus or other dips. Commit to picking out one new item from the produce department each week when you grocery shop.
2. Split your entrée. Most restaurants serve over-sized portions. Split your entrée when it is served and take half home for lunch the next day.
3. Limit caffeine. Too much coffee or other highly caffeinated beverages can cause an energy crisis in the late afternoon which may tempt you to reach for a sugary pick-me-up. Limit regular coffee to a maximum of 3 cups per day.
4. Don’t skip breakfast. Not only does it get your metabolism going for the day, if you choose a high protein option it will give you an energetic start to your morning and actually help you be content with fewer calories at lunch.
5. Explore your inner chef. Eating more meals that you cook at home allows you to control calories and ingredients. (It’s also a big money saver!) Experiment with recipes from different types of ethnic cooking which will introduce you to new spices and ways of making food flavorful. Cook extra on weekends for weekday meals and use your crock pot to have a healthy dinner ready when you walk in the door.
The benefits of a healthy diet for your feet (as well as the rest of your body) are plentiful. If you have questions about diet-related podiatric conditions contact our Venice office for an appointment. Our podiatrist, Dr. Charles A. Suleskey, will be happy to evaluate your feet and make recommendations for keeping them healthy.