Zonya Foco, a nationally-known dietitian and professional speaker addressed the importance of healthy eating habits at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital.
ALBANY — Changing one eating habit at a time makes a big difference.
Zonya Foco, an author, TV host and nationally known nutritionist, spoke with employees of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital during a luncheon seminar Friday at the hospital.
This event preceded Phoebe’s Women’s Health Conference that took place Saturday at Phoebe HealthWorks where she was to present “Fighting Cancer with a Fork.”
Friday’s presentation, entitled “Eating Right on the Run,” followed a lunch from Foco’s own recipes, and included prizes for some of the most enthusiastic audience members.
Key to her message was the amount of fat in a fast food meals, which she demonstrated with a container of Cisco.
One teaspoon of Cisco contains four grams of fat. A typical fast food meal is 67 grams of fat, an amount she allowed the audience to see by scooping out 17 teaspoons of Cisco.
“We do this in America and we think it is a balanced meal, and we can’t figure out (why we are unhealthy),” Foco said. “There are good choices, but you have to look.”
Making adjustments to fast food meals such as ordering a single hamburger rather than a double or getting a small order of fries, or apple slices, can cut out a drastic amount of fat, Foco said.
She also encourages consumers to go to a restaurant’s website and study its nutrition information. Making gradual changes to the amount of sugar a person takes in by what they drink can make a big difference as well.
“Some people are walking around with 50 extra pounds not because of what they ate, but because of what they drank,” Foco said. “Adjusting one habit adds up.”
As far as a person’s kitchen is concerned, Foco recommends “speedicizing” the kitchen so things are easier to find, keeping the pantry stocked with healthier choices, making sure knifes are kept sharp, utilizing food processors and crock pots and investing in the right groceries.
It’s also helpful to have a fruit bowl in the kitchen for sweet cravings.
“It’s nature’s candy,” she said. “It has cancer-fighting, diabetes-fighting and obesity fighting qualities.”
Foco is a registered dietitian, professional speaker, TV host, author and guest presenter for “Oprah & Bob’s Best Life Challenge.” She is also a nutrition spokesperson for Health Alliance Plan of Michigan.
She is the author of the “Lickety-Split Meals” and “Lickety-Split Diabetic Meals” cookbooks, and the co-author of the “DIET FREE novel, Water with Lemon.” She is also the author of the “DIET FREE” video seminar lifestyle program.
In addition to Foco’s “Fighting Cancer with a Fork” presentation, Saturday’s health fair also included free cholesterol, diabetes, blood pressure and body mass index screenings in addition to diabetes and breast cancer workshops.