Advice from Our Registered Dietitian

Our on staff dietitian Marcy Russo suggests we add citrus fruit to our daily diet and supplement routine. Why? Because citrus fruit is a natural multivitamin/mineral supplement.  Besides being a rich source of natural vitamin C (more than your day’s quota is found in one medium orange or 2 tangerines), citrus fruit supplies B-vitamins and potassium, calcium and other minerals such as magnesium and copper.  Because they are watery and filled with fiber, citrus fruits are a great addition to weight-loss diets.

Marcy also recommends setting SMART goals for your weight loss objectives. If you haven’t heard about them, SMART is an acronym for:
Specific: What exactly am I going to do? Examples: “I will … walk/swim/choose/ eat/not eat/drink/not drink …”
Measurable: How much or for how long will I do it? Examples: “2 cups of vegetables every day; 1 citrus fruit every morning; walk for 20 minutes 3 days this week …”
Attainable/achievable: Can I do this with reasonable effort? “Get on the exercise bike during commercial breaks” or “Add one cup of greens to my lunch every day” are examples of attainable goals.
Realistic: Be honest with yourself: “I will eat no more than three Hershey kisses two times this week” may be more doable than “I will never eat chocolate as long as I live.”
Timely: What can I do now that will have a positive effect on my health goals? An example for someone who needs to get diabetes under control might be: “I will check my blood glucose before and two hours after one meal each day.”

Marcy Russo is a registered dietitian and diabetes educator at Internal Medicine of Southwest Florida.

About thedoctorsreport

Dr. Kordonowy is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and has been in private practice since 1993. His group practice is in Fort Myers, Florida. His website is: He earned his degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, Kansas and completed his residency as Chief Resident at Orlando Regional Hospital System. As Chief Resident, Dr. Kordonowy was recognized as the Outstanding Resident by the American College of Physicians. He is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, and the American Society of Internal Medicine. In December 2005, Dr. Kordonowy became Board Certified in the new field of Clinical Lipidology by the American Board of Clinical Lipidology. Lipidology is the specialty of diagnosis and management of cholesterol and triglyceride metabolism disorders. Cardiovascular disease risk assessment is also part of this specialty. He now serves as president of the Independent Physicians Association of Lee County. He is active in the Lee County Medical Society, the Florida Medical Society , the Florida Lipid Foundation, National Lipid Association and the American Medical Association.
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