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Advice on healthy eating provides better choices for Airmen

Laura Schmutzer, a registered dietician, gives a presentation to members of the 118th Wing on a healthy diet on May 5, 2018 at Berry Field Air National Guard Base, Nashville, Tennessee. Schmutzer’s main goal of the presentation was to encourage Airmen to set healthy goals and habits to prevent chronic diseases. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Anthony Agosti)

Laura Schmutzer, a registered dietician, gives a presentation to members of the 118th Wing on a healthy diet on May 5, 2018 at Berry Field Air National Guard Base, Nashville, Tennessee. Schmutzer’s main goal of the presentation was to encourage Airmen to set healthy goals and habits to prevent chronic diseases. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Anthony Agosti)

Nashville, Tenn. --

A healthy eating lesson was given to several Airmen from the 118th Wing on May 5, 2018 at Berry Field Air National Guard Base in Nashville, Tennessee.

Laura Schmutzer, a registered dietician and former captain in the Air Force, gave a 90 minute presentation on what you should and should not be eating, and how it shapes your overall well-being.

 

“Diet has a huge effect on both your mental health and your physical health,” said Schmutzer. “You cannot out-exercise a bad diet.”

 

Schmutzer went into specifics on how many servings you should eat of each type of food, and on what type of foods to avoid.

 

“Make half your plate fruits and vegetables, always include 20 grams of protein in a sitting,” said Schmutzer. “All your grains should be whole, [and] include some calcium with every meal.”

 

“I learned that coconut oil is not good, and I learned Muscle Milk is probably not good,” said Lt. Col. Robin, an officer in the 118th Wing who attended the lesson. “It’s just a good reminder to talk about how much of servings you should have, how much of the proteins and things like that you need.”

 

Schmutzer also gave out to the attendees an eating plan that has been proven to be the ideal diet.

 

“That diet really works for all humans, people have been doing the Mediterranean diet for thousands of years, and it includes all of the components of that diet,” said Schmutzer. “Plus it’s low sodium, which helps everybody with their blood pressure.”

 

The biggest lesson Schmutzer taught though is that it is up to the individual decisions when it come to make changes to your diet.

 

“The choices that you make when it comes to food make a huge difference in your health,” said Schmutzer. “It’s not random, it’s really your choice, healthy lifestyle or not.”

 

“Instead of using fad diets and trying to hurry up and lose weight right before a [physical training] test, it’s kind of a way of life,” said Robin. “Changing your whole lifestyle and what you eat.”

 

For more information on when the next healthy eating lesson will be, contact Maj. Linda Kieser at 615-660-8012. For more information on healthy eating, contact Schmutzer at www.foodsciencegal.com.

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