Nutrition Specialist

Patricia Nevils, M.D. -  - OBGYN

Vibrant Woman Health Center

Patricia Nevils, M.D.

OBGYN located in Lafayette, LA

What you eat affects how you look and feel. A woman’s diet is essential to good health and Patricia Nevils, MD, at Vibrant Woman Health Center in Lafayette, Louisiana, offers her expertise in nutrition to help women prevent or manage health problems and support overall well-being. Learn how a healthy diet can literally change your life. Call the office or book an appointment online.

Nutrition Q & A

What is a healthy diet?

A healthy diet involves making dietary choices that support your health and prevent disease. A daily menu that includes fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains like quinoa and whole wheat, low-fat dairy, and lean proteins, such as white-meat chicken and fish, supports good health.

Dr. Nevils encourages you to get nutrients primarily from food rather than relying on supplements. But, some nutrients such as Iodine and vitamin D are difficult to obtain through diet alone.

Dr. Nevils helps you understand optimal portion sizes. If you are overweight or obese, she also helps you make choices and lifestyle changes to drop pounds, achieve a slimmer physique, and feel better overall.

What are nutraceuticals?

Nutraceuticals are elements in food, such as a vitamin or a combination of minerals, that afford major health benefits. They can provide protection against chronic disease, promote good joint health, and boost your nutritional profile.

Dr. Nevils offers a wide range of nutraceuticals for optimal health and aging. Nutraceuticals are especially useful when you can’t get all the nutrients you need from food.

How do nutrition needs change during menopause?

As you reach menopause, you benefit from changes to your diet to support your hormone shifts and changes in health. Weight gain during perimenopause and menopause is common, but Dr. Nevils can help you understand how to minimize this gain and maintain your youthful figure with optimal food choices, portion sizing, and exercise.

You may also benefit from increased calcium intake, to combat decreasing bone density, and vitamin D. You need less iron from sources such as red meat. Once you’ve passed through menopause, you need just about 8 grams of iron daily. The extra bonus? Less red meat also supports heart health. You may also seek out more vitamin B6 to bolster your immune status. Dr. Nevils can help you devise a menu plan that supports these nutritional changes and optimizes your health.

Eat to maximize your health with Dr. Nevils’ help. Call the office or book your appointment online.