Healthy Eating Plans Specialist

LifeBalance Integrative Health & Wellness

Integrative Medicine located in Palmdale, CA

A healthy diet is key to better overall health and wellness, including illness and disease prevention. Some diseases, such as prediabetes and type 2 diabetes, are even reversible with the right healthy eating plan. At LifeBalance Integrative Health & Wellness in Palmdale, California, board-certified family physician and registered dietitian Karen Marie Glover, MD, RD, creates healthy eating plans customized to your unique needs. Call LifeBalance Integrative Health & Wellness to learn more, or schedule an appointment online today.

Healthy Eating Plans Q & A

What is a healthy eating plan?

A healthy eating plan is a meal plan customized for you based on your body weight and health status. If you’re overweight or obese, Dr. Glover creates a reduced-calorie weight-loss meal plan so you can achieve optimal health. If you have heart disease, diabetes, or another chronic health condition, they adjust your meal plan accordingly.

What are the benefits of healthy eating plans?

The benefits of healthy eating plans are endless for optimizing health and wellness. Examples include:

  • Healthy weight maintenance
  • Reduced chronic disease risks
  • Disease reversal
  • Detoxification
  • Increased energy levels
  • Improved focus
  • Anti-aging
  • Better self-esteem

Eating nutritious foods helps you look better, feel better, and live longer!

Which foods should I eat?

Custom healthy eating plans vary based on your individual calorie requirements, food preferences, and the condition of your health. In general, whole foods you should eat include:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Nuts, seeds, and legumes
  • Whole grains
  • Fish, seafood, chicken, or turkey
  • Eggs
  • Tofu or meat substitutes
  • Plant oils, avocados, nut butter, and other healthy fats
  • Dairy foods or calcium-rich plant-based alternatives

Eat small meals spaced evenly throughout the day and stick within the calorie allotment Dr. Glover recommends for you.

Which foods should I avoid?

Some foods cause unwanted weight gain and increase your risk of developing certain diseases. Examples of foods to steer clear of include:

  • Fried foods
  • Highly processed foods
  • Refined grains like white bread
  • Sugary drinks
  • Sweets
  • Alcohol
  • Processed meats and other high-fat meats
  • Excessive red meat
  • Baked goods

Dr. Glover offers healthy food swaps for some of your favorite not-so-healthy foods. For example, replace sweets with fruit dipped in nut butter, and eat nuts or hummus and vegetables in place of potato chips.

Which healthy eating plan is right for me?

Your custom healthy eating plan varies based on your individual needs and food preferences. If you’re overweight, Dr. Glover recommends a reduced-calorie eating plan. A lower-sodium diet is a safe bet if you have high blood pressure or heart disease, and a controlled-carbohydrate diet helps keep blood sugar in check if you have diabetes.

When you’re ready to improve your health with a customized healthy eating plan, call LifeBalance Integrative Health & Wellness today or schedule an appointment online.