I love this series because there is so much to discuss; PART 5 is unique. During the summer, I was part of an excellent health program called “MENTOR.” “MENTOR” stands for Mindfulness, Exercise, Nutrition To Optimize Resilience. Having been a part of this program was an eye-opener for me.
The Nutrition class felt more relaxed than I had been in a weight loss program such as WW. It wasn’t a weight loss program, but I feel like it could make a great weight loss program if I ran one. It was an excellent traditional nutrition class, and we learned how to read a nutrition label to understanding how your stomach reacts to what you eat.
Two things made the class so comfortable: we all had disabilities, and the teachers knew how to work with the disabilities. There have been times when I felt I didn’t belong in a group related to nutrition/weight, but in this class, I felt that my needs were being met in the nutrition area. Once a week, when we met, they would have a PowerPoint presentation on a topic. When we learned about reading labels, they taught us the rule of five: the calories should be 150 or less when you read the nutrition labels. (IE, sugar 5% of 150 calories.) We learned about tools we could use in the kitchen to aid our needs related to our disabilities (Adaptive cooking equipment.) We discussed how most food stores have nutritionists and that you can make appointments with them to go around the store, and they can show you how to shop healthfully. They also suggested reading materials that could help us on our nutrition journey.
There was one-on-one counseling, and I talked about what strikes my desire to eat and how I can control my urges. During my one-on-one, we talked about nutrition and cerebral palsy because cerebral palsy affects my eating. We came up with limiting my snacking to twice a day.
The dietitian gives me 25 healthy snacks to eat when I want to snack (25 HEALTHY SNACKS.) She also taught me about five meals in one bag (5 MEALS 1 BAG.) 5 MEALS 1 BAG is where you buy five ingredients and use them to make one different meal each day. We also found this excellent YouTube video to get the most out of your food stamp (Fruits Grocery Store Tour.)
Having the MENTOR experience took was life-changing because I was open to change. I don’t want to go into much more detail because I will soon share my MENTOR experience on the blog.
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