Jump Start Program: January 6, 2017
As many of us try to get back to healthy eating after the holidays, health experts suggest a new option that will benefit your weight and your heart.
Nicole Charles, a cardiology nurse practitioner with Lee Health, says improving your health starts in the kitchen. “This is a necessity for many people. You have to work around changing your lifestyle overall.”
One option is the Jump Start Program. It’s a ten day introduction to an eating plan centered on whole foods. “We’re telling them to eat plants, eat whole grains, eat more fruits and there are so many things that can fill you up so that you’re not hungry while you’re on this diet,” said Charles.
Charles tried the ten day program and noticed results. “Your numbers change within those 10 days. My A1C went down. My LDL went down. It was just proof that with longevity of the program you can certainly see big improvement in your numbers overall.”
The program not only helps patients detox from processed foods, it also helps prevent heart disease by reducing blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, even weight. “Research has found that if you change your lifestyle, change your eating habits to a more plant pure diet then that helps to slow down the progression of heart disease,” said Charles.
Eating more grains, fruits, and vegetables gives our bodies the nutrition it needs while increasing energy and improving thinking. The program is a tasty option for patients looking to improve their health.
Bottom line - if you’re going away for the holidays, don’t leave your safety precautions at home.