People make poor [food] choices when they’re starving and grab the fastest, easiest thing because they didn’t plan ahead.
Austin, TX (PRWEB) May 14, 2013
PreDiabetes Centers is pleased to announce the appointment of Han Ashley as Concierge Chef Consultant for the Company and its clients. Her recipes and nutritional and culinary insight will be used in the treatment program’s advanced dietary and nutrition plan. The PreDiabetes Centers proprietary nutrition plan is centered on nutrient-dense dishes that are tasty, filling and easy to fit into a busy person’s life.
As a prediabetes Concierge Chef Consultant, Ashley will collaborate with the PreDiabetes Centers medical department in ongoing nutritional development efforts. This includes materials and resources to meet clients’ needs as well as staff development and training.
Ashley cultivated her knowledge of health and nutrition and learned the principles of vegetarian and vegan cooking at the Weimar Center of Health and Education in Weimar, Calif., more than 25 years ago. She received a graduate degree in Cardiopulmonary Sciences from Loma Linda University in Loma Linda, Calif., and a bachelor’s degree from Pacific Union College in Angwin, Calif.
Ashley is excited about designing recipes and nutrition solutions for clients of PreDiabetes Centers. “I love figuring out recipes and techniques that are easy, quick and delicious!” she said.
Ashley says her previous work in cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation encouraged her to find ways to prevent diseases through nutritious cooking, while owning a restaurant and being a professional chef allowed her to hone her culinary abilities.
After years of working in kitchens and rehabilitation centers, she’s a passionate advocate of the health benefits of nutritious food.
“The right foods can provide all the right nutrients to feed your cells so they function at the highest efficiency,” said Ashley.
One of the contributing factors of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes–in addition to genetics–is an unhealthy diet.
Regular consumption of junk food and nutrient-poor food is common among Americans, notes Ashley.
“Instead of incorporating lots of different flavors, people compensate by adding more fat, salt and sugar,” she said. To flavor dishes, people should add herbs, spices, fresh lemons or oranges, aged vinegars, and pickled and preserved vegetables and fruits, said Ashley.
Still, she acknowledges that many people find cooking difficult. That’s why they opt to eat out, nuke a microwave meal or prepare nutrient-deficient food.
“People eat this way because of convenience. Cooking takes planning. People make poor choices when they’re starving and grab the fastest, easiest thing because they didn’t plan ahead,” said Ashley.
It’s especially important to cook nutritiously when there are kids in the house, Ashley said. Introducing smart, prediabetes-friendly nutrition sets a good example for children and paves the path for them to be healthy adults.
Here are Ashley’s top two tips for eating and cooking healthfully:
1. Plan ahead!
Map out which recipes you plan on using throughout the week and prepare a grocery list. That way, you know what you will be eating and already have all the ingredients when it comes time to prepare a meal.
2. Eat enough so you’re not starving.
To stave off hunger until your next full meal, snack when you need it. Plan on having 1-2 snacks a day. Each snack should contain 250-350 calories.
Looking for a healthy dessert recipe? Watch Ashley make delicious Gluten-Free Almond-Oatmeal-Chocolate Chip Cookies, and be sure to follow her easy recipe next time you’re craving something sweet!
In addition to employing a concierge dietary plan, the PreDiabetes Centers 12-month PATHFinder Program uses medication, health coaching, nutritional supplementation, and customized fitness to treat clients.
Prediabetes occurs when a person’s blood sugar levels are high but not yet high enough for a diabetes diagnosis. About 11% of people with prediabetes go on to develop type 2 diabetes within just three years. Prediabetes can raise a person’s risk for many serious complications, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, kidney damage and eye problems.
PreDiabetes Centers is a privately owned company based in Austin, Texas, that specializes in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. Treatment at the Center is customized for each client and is based on physician-directed care and lifestyle intervention. The company offers free biomarker blood testing that can detect prediabetes, and also continuing biomarker tests throughout the personalized program to ensure that metabolic processes in the body related to prediabetes are being reversed.
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