Green Hills Market embraces healthy diets that taste good with free nutritional seminars

Dietician Julita Klopocka-Niemiec said, "A healthy diet needs to be tasty." And the fad diets that Americans embrace, "You can do for one month, but after three months people stop."

Klopocka-Niemiec (M.A. Nutrition Science, R.D.) consults with Green Hills Market on South Salina Street in the Valley as an in-store, registered dietician. She is available every third Saturday in the market from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. with free advice and to taste test recipes. Once a month she conducts a label reading tour for diabetics. This consists of one hour in a classroom setting and one hour in the store reading, comparing and practicing label reading.

"Two hours?" I thought, Ugh! But at the end of two hours, I wondered where did the time go? Attendee Kim Cherry said, "I wish it was longer."

Klopocka-Niemiec knows the science of food and how it relates to the human body and she is also sensible. She said you have to be informed and her key word is "balance."

She outlined three types of diets: My Pyramid Plan, The Mediterranean Diet and the Low Glycemic Index Diet. She said all three of these approaches are similar and appropriate for diabetics, but also helpful for everyone in preventing chronic illnesses such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke; and also for overall wellness.

Essentially the label reading seminar presents great information for anyone in regard to preventative nutrition, too.

Her two main messages were creating a healthy plate and a "how to" read a label.

Regarding the plate, cut it in half -- one half should be filled with fruits and vegetables -- the other should be half protein and half starch. When you look at your plate make sure you have the three food groups and also check for color. Color often translates into nutrients she said.

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