Registered Dietitians FAQs

Over the years, Mary Kate Schaible, RD and Megan Hicks, RD have been posed with a variety of questions and concerns in regard to our Members diets. They provided a few of their most frequently asked questions that they can get asked, check them out below!

A few of their most Frequently asked Questions include:

What foods are important to incorporate into meals?

Maintaining a healthy, whole foods diet is going to be a successful way to ensure they are getting the proper nutrients they need to power your brain. When in doubt, eat the rainbow! The more colors on your plate, the better!

Are multivitamins important to take? Is there a better option?

Multivitamins are important for picky eaters that may be missing out on certain vitamins or minerals. For those who have recently acquired a wound of any sort, they are going to be vital to help it heal.

Blood Pressure and Cholesterol – What can be done to lower (foods, exercise)?

High blood pressure and cholesterol levels notate the stress on blood vessels and long periods of stress can lead to a heart attack or stroke.  Sodium is an essential nutrient and helps control blood pressure when used properly. There is more sodium in some processed foods than an actual salt shaker, so whole foods are ideal to maintain healthy levels in your body.

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Benefits of Working with a Dietitian?

When you work with a Dietitian, you’re going to get scientifically backed up information, healthy diet recommendations (no fad diets), meal plans that work specifically for you, and consistent support. A Dietitian has to complete specific hour requirements in an internship before even being able to take the national exam. Registered Dietitians are the only people that should be giving out nutrition advice, a doctor can too but they don’t typically take specific classes focused on nutrition. When those who are not licensed to give nutritional advice begin to give advice, it can be dangerous for those receiving that advice.

At Senior Living Communities, we provide our Members with quality services, amenities, and resources that they deserve in their retirement. One integral component of our lifestyle is dining services, where we have Registered Dietitians on staff to support the community. If you would like to learn more about Mary Kate and Megan, check out our blog post here.