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Reclaim Your Health: Combat Metabolic Syndrome & Prediabetes with Mindful Nutrition

Fight metabolic syndrome and prediabetes by taking charge of your nutrition choices.

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US Adults have
metabolic syndrome

us adults have Prediabetes

Let’s do something about this…

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Use mindful nutrition to fight metabolic syndrome and prediabetes without restrictive diets.

There is no doubt that a healthy diet and lifestyle are an important part of managing prediabetes and other conditions associated with metabolic syndrome. However, a healthy diet does not have to include multiple rules and restrictions in order to be effective. In fact, research has demonstrated that restrictive diets may promote short term weight loss but ultimately lead to overeating and weight gain. Mindful nutrition combats metabolic syndrome and prediabetes by focusing on overall food and beverage choices as a whole rather than demonizing specific items.

Mindful nutrition puts you in charge, so you can enjoy foods that you love.

Too many of us have been lead to believe that some foods are good while others are bad. We have felt the guilt and shame that come when we can’t stick to all those diet rules that require us to only eat the “good” foods for the rest of our lives. The truth is, food is an integral part of our lives, and we should allow ourselves to enjoy it. Unless you have been diagnosed with certain diseases, food allergies or intolerances, the foods you love can be part of your overall healthy lifestyle. When it comes to managing metabolic syndrome and prediabetes, mindfulness could be your key. Mindful eating can help you achieve a HEALTHY and ENJOYABLE diet by shifting the focus from restriction to balance, variety and moderation.

"Food is an integral part of our life, we should allow ourselves to enjoy it."
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Learn how you can use mindful nutrition to help manage metabolic syndrome and prediabetes.

Visit The Gen X Dietitian regularly as we explore mindful eating and other nutrition and lifestyle practices to help you reach and maintain your best health. Check out the blog for articles that are packed with timely, evidence-based tips and information. Stay tuned for the Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating Program. Don’t let those health concerns that creep in as we age drag you down. Join me on this mindful journey and take charge of your nutrition. Ditch the restrictive diets and say goodbye to the guilt, shame and overeating that tends to accompany them. Switch your focus from the number on your bathroom scale and start making nutrition choices that actually support your physical, mental and emotional well being.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is Metabolic Syndrome?

Metabolic syndrome is a clustering of conditions that can increase your risk for coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and other significant health problems. Your provider may diagnose you with metabolic syndrome if you have a least three of the following: high blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, increased triglycerides, abnormal cholesterol or increased body fat around the waist. For more information about metabolic syndrome visit the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website.

What is Prediabetes?

Prediabetes means that your blood sugar, also known as blood glucose, runs high but has not reached the range for type 2 diabetes. At this stage, it is possible to reverse blood sugar levels back to normal. However, if no lifestyle changes are made to bring blood sugar under control, your kidneys, blood vessels, and heart can start being damaged. There is also the likelihood of your prediabetes progressing to type 2 diabetes. To learn more about prediabetes go to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What is mindful nutrition and how does mindful eating fit in?

Mindful nutrition involves being intentional about what you choose to eat in order to support optimal health. In comparison, mindful eating includes specific techniques that help you improve your relationship with food. Eating mindfully increases your awareness around why, when, what, how, how much and where you eat. Together, they help you tune into your body’s true needs and signals. As a result, you can make conscious decisions that can improve your nutrition and help you achieve better health.

Can I really eat whatever I want with mindful nutrition?

As long as you haven’t been diagnosed with a disease, food allergy or intolerance that requires you to avoid certain foods, it is possible to eat the things you love and still have a healthy diet. Mindfulness helps you achieve balance, variety and moderation in your daily food and beverage choices.

Can mindful eating help me with weight loss?

Mindful eating focuses on being intentional about what you eat and making conscious choices. Though weight loss may be an outcome of mindful eating, the biggest goal is improving your relationship with food and your body image, no matter your size. Remember that your value has nothing to do with the number on the scale. You deserve to feel good in the body that you have. The goal is to improve your nutrition, confidence and overall health regardless of how much you weigh.

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