In honor of National Men’s Health Month, we asked Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist David Orozco to give us insight on men’s health and nutrition. This is a two-part series. To see Part 1, click here.

Part 2 of 2

NPB: What specific issues do your male clients come to you with?

David Orozco, MS, RDN, LD, Atlanta-based nutrition expert.

David: The most common issue from my male clients is when they first get a medical diagnosis like diabetes, obesity, hypertension, or high cholesterol. Most guys want to try to fix it first through diet and exercise, which is very commendable. Yet, sometimes it’s the only thing they do, ignoring the need for continued medical care or use of medication. I find my male clients are either extremely unaware of what they’re eating, or become hyper-focused on “super healthy” eating. Therefore, one of my biggest challenges as a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist is helping men find and become more balanced. I suspect that going to extremes with diet and exercise has a lot to do with that issue regarding our manliness or role as a leader or expert perhaps. We are taught from an early age to “clean our plates,” the man of the house is supposed to eat more/larger portions/use bigger utensils for eating, etc., and visiting a doctor only when there’s blood. However, it’s never too late to learn different ways to manage nutrition.

NPB: We know that peanuts are a nutrient dense super food with more protein than any nut. How do you encourage your clients to include them in their daily eating regime?

David: I usually have some kind of peanut option in any of my meal plans, programs, or food options. I think peanuts are beneficial in so many ways. They help my clients feel satisfied longer. Peanuts help provide monounsaturated fats and oils that can help improve cholesterol and aid with absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. I let my clients know that peanuts also can be a source of protein. Protein is such a buzz word in the health arena, that I use it to my client’s benefit. I might suggest they add a small handful of peanuts, which really helps keep him full, and provides those good fats and protein. My goal is to help my clients learn how to find balance and make small changes over time.

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About David Orozco, MS, RD, LD: David is an Atlanta-based Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist with a Master’s in Health Science from Georgia State University. He also holds certifications as a Health Fitness Specialist from the American College of Sports Medicine, is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counselor, and is a Certified Quit Smart® smoking cessation counselor. As the owner of t+d wellness®, David enthusiastically equips people with the knowledge and motivation to be healthy by providing one-on-one counseling, teaching nutrition and fitness classes, and consulting various clients and organizations.