Nutrition Specialist

Mmereole Health

Family Medicine & Pediatrics located in West New York, NJ

You can’t stay strong and healthy without well-balanced nutrition, a job that often seems overwhelming for many adults and families. As parents of young children, board-certified Robert Mmereole, MD, and Paulina Mmereole, NP, at Mmereole Health understand the challenge of balancing a busy life with fixing nutrient-rich meals. They can help by identifying and treating nutrient deficiencies and helping you get all the essential nutrients with lifestyle tips, nutritional counseling, and meal-planning. If you’d like help with your family’s nutrition, call the office in West New York, New Jersey, or schedule an appointment online.

Nutrition Q & A

Why do I need balanced nutrition?

Nutrition is the key to staying healthy and well. Your body can’t generate energy, support your heart and brain, or regenerate tissues for healing without an adequate amount of vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats).

Nutrition is so vital that adjusting your diet is the first line of treatment for high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. Your nutritional state also influences your recovery if you suffer an illness or injury.

How can I improve my nutritional status?

Working adults and young families trying to balance their lives often struggle to find enough time to plan and prepare meals that provide the nutrition they need. But there are several simple lifestyle steps you can take to fix healthy meals when you’re short on time.

Two of the top tips are stocking your pantry with healthy options and preparing simple meals that rely on the basics: a vegetable or fruit, whole grains, and lean protein like chicken, fish, or lean meat.

You’ll also boost your nutrition with a diet that includes a wide variety of brightly colored fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, nuts, and beans, which are exceptionally high in fiber and protein. 

When might I need nutritional counseling?

Nearly everyone could use nutritional counseling at some time in their life. Parents may want to learn more about preparing meals that provide balanced nutrients to their family. You may also need help if you’re at high risk for a nutrient deficiency.

Your chances of a nutrient deficiency increase if:

  • You suffered an injury or recent illness
  • You’re engaged in an intensive athletic regimen
  • You’re diagnosed with a chronic health condition
  • You recently had surgery
  • You’re over the age of 50
  • You’re overweight or obese

Your body uses more nutrients than normal when it’s under stress, whether due to the high demand of physical activity, health problems, or ongoing daily stress. As a result, you can quickly develop a nutrient deficiency.

What happens during nutritional counseling?

Your provider at Mmereole Health reviews your medical history and evaluates your diet and lifestyle habits. They may also draw your blood and run tests to identify the specific vitamins and minerals you lack and to determine the severity of your deficiency.

Then your provider works with you to create a nutrition plan, including meal planning, lifestyle tips, and supplement recommendations.

If you’re worried about your nutritional state or you’d like help balancing your daily diet, call Mmereole Health, or schedule an appointment online.