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Good foods, lower medical bills

April 20, 2009

Our work as health counselors is more important than ever. By encouraging your clients to eat more fruits, vegetables and healthy fats you will not only help them have more energy and live a longer, healthier life, but you will also help them cut down on medical bills. That will be music to their ears!

Some clients will be more resistant than others to change, but don’t get frustrated. For those who take a little more encouraging, you might want to have them keep a food journal. Let them eat their junk food and have them write down how they feel right after they eat and then two hours later. Then encourage them to cut out junk food for a couple of days and to notice the difference after eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Some people may be resistant to change because they believe eating whole foods just doesn’t taste as good as the highly processed foods. Share our recipe database filled with delicious and nutritious recipes with them. Perhaps you have your own simple recipes. Maybe one of your sessions could be a cooking demonstration. Get creative!

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About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.