I'm seeing a nutritionist on Wednesday, and these are the list of questions I intend to ask. Would like to get advice of anyone in my position (vegetarian, blood results okay but on the borderline - especially LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, eat a range of food but not too focused on super healthy, don't weigh portions, decent amount of exercise). Also, am I missing any questions that I really should be asking?
I’m a vegetarian. I eat milk-byproducts, eggs, and all vegetables and fruits.
Don’t like mushrooms or aubergine/egg plant
Tofu is OK, seitan NOT ok.
No allergies to nuts or fruits except for black grapes and yogurt.
My family has a history of diabetes, high BP and cholesterol; They are on medication.
Questions to the doctor:
What’s the cause for high LDL and low LDL levels?
What should I do to increase my metabolism?
What should I do to prolong the time I can avoid medication for either of the above?
What is the ideal weight for me?
3 big meals or multiple small meals?
Low-fat vs. Low-carb for weight loss?
What is one nutrition advice you give?
How can I support my immune system so I’m not as vulnerable to an auto-immune diseases/pathogens/colds/flu?
How might personal genetics influence how my body uses nutrients?
As a vegetarian, how can I make sure my protein intake is high enough?
What do I eat/drink on a normal day?
- Exclusively use Olive oil for cooking in the house.
1 small bowl Cereal (Tresor, Chocapic, and Kellogs… ?) - quantity?
1 Sandwich with fresh cheese, lettuce and tomato
1 Chocolate muffin
Scrambled eggs with bread
Pizza with cheese and vegetables.
White rice with
Lentils: Chickpeas, green peas, black beans
Lentils: Chickpeas, green peas
Soup + sandwiches with cheese
Wild rice, apple, cucumber, feta and nuts
Quinoa, nuts, apple, avocado
Crisp-bread with Emmental cheese and seeds
Sometimes a couple of beers.
What should I avoid?
What should I eat?
Can we define the quantity of food I eat?
Where will I get my vitamins? My minerals? My phytochemicals? My micronutrients? My omega 3’s?
I don’t want to weigh everything I eat ( we have a scale).
Can we define it in terms of units, handfuls, cups?
Is it a case of what I eat but less? or changing what I eat?
What exercise should I do?
Currently I swim about 1.5km every day (why is my pulse so high?, what can I do to reduce it?) Resting pulse of 68.
Walk to work (4km round trip)
Sometimes a regular home exercise
The rest of the day I am sitting in front of a desk