Meet Health Expert Tricia Silverman!

If you’re looking to improve your overall health and wellbeing, Tricia Silverman has you covered! Read on to learn about this knowledgeable author!

  1. Congratulations on the release of Healthy Dividends: Investments in Nutrition, Movement, and Healthy Habits that Pay Off   last October.  What makes your dietary advice stand out from similar publications?

Thank you so much! Rather than have one approach to wellness, my book is a buffet of options and ideas for people to consider, and then to embrace the ones that resonate with them. I see people as wellness puzzles. Everyone is unique, and to feel their best, we need to figure out if they are missing any pieces. For example, when people are looking to lose weight, one person may be eating too much junk food, while another may be consuming too much alcohol. Someone else may be eating too much healthy food, and  just need to work on portion control. In the book I share many stories that serve to inspire people, and get them looking at their health from different perspectives.

2.Can you define NuTricia’s Way of Eating?

A NuTricia’s Way of Eating is a balanced style of eating that promotes foods and nutrients needed to feel your best physically and mentally. After looking at the government recommendations for healthy eating in the US and Canada, I also researched how people eat in cultures of longevity, where people live long healthful lives, and came up with my own healthy eating icon called the NuTricia’s Plate. The plate is a helpful representation of what to put on your plate at meals. Half of the plate is vegetables, one quarter protein rich foods, and one quarter whole grains or starchy vegetables like potatoes. Additionally, having three different fruits a day, along with healthy fats such as extra virgin olive oil, avocadoes, nuts and seeds, can boost your immune system, and contribute to healthy skin, amongst numerous other health benefits.

A NuTricia’s Way of Eating also encompasses eating foods closest to their source, such as choosing oranges rather than orange juice, and doing your best to eliminate food additives and preservatives, and highly-processed foods. This is also known as a “clean” way of eating. Be wary of food ingredients on the food label that have names you don’t recognize, or can’t pronounce. I have a mantra: “If you can’t read it, don’t eat it.”

3. Which contributes more to poor health in America; poor diet or sedentary lifestyle?

I would have to say it’s definitely a combination of the two, and the two feed into each other. If you have a poor diet, you may feel sluggish and more sedentary. If you are more sedentary, you may be eating at the computer, while reading, or watching tv, and this can lead to poor food choices and overeating. Exercise or as I like to call it, movement, can help to give you energy. And some movement is better than no movement. Moving your body can enhance your executive functioning, strengthening your brain power, which can fuel better nutritional choices, and the decision to move your body again. If someone is sedentary I ask them to make just a 5 or 10 minute commitment to take a walk, or get on a treadmill, so they can get into that movement pattern, without feeling they have to give up a lot of time. It sets the stage for a good habit to form, and they can keep adding time to their walks. Small commitments lead to huge gains in wellness over time. I call this, “Breaking the Ice on Your Exercise.” Once you break the ice, it’s easier to do these healthy habits again, and for a longer time. A jumpstart is all that’s needed. And a 5 minute walk today can be that jumpstart.

4. Can we expect more books to follow Healthy Dividends?

For sure! I am working on a course, first, based on Healthy Dividends. I have a lot more to say, as each day goes by I am learning new things, meeting new people with interesting stories, and discovering more about myself and my clients. I am open to suggestions for the next book because my mission is to help people, and I want all of my books to make a difference.

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