Get Healthwise with Danny: How to Eat Healthy in the Summer

DannyKnowsGraphic2Danny Gonzalez, RN for St. Mary Medical Center and Health and Wellness Coordinator for the Portage Township YMCA is here to answer all of your health-related questions. It's hard to know where to start when taking steps to better your health these days. Asking the questions are easy, but find the answers...that's another story. Lucky for us, Danny makes it easy with his clear and concise (and humorous) answers to our tough health questions. Get ready to get some knowledge dropped on you!

This week's question: How to eat healthy in the summertime?

Danny G.: The same way you eat healthier all of the time: eat better quality food. The reason people struggle with this is because they either A. don't believe that healthy food can taste good or B. don't want to detach themselves from bad foods that they like.

Ask-Danny-Diet-Exercise-2Lean meats, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats, and an appropriate number of whole grain carbs for your level of exercise will take you further than any diet plan or fad pill ever will.

Some of these healthy options can be found at a local farmers market. Shop at Portage Community Farmers Market, Chesterton's European Market or Valparaiso Farmers Market. For recipe ideas spend some time on the Internet. There are some GREAT recipes out there for cooking with basic ingredients, even if you don't have much skill in the kitchen.

A little research and a little planning go a long way with your diet, but once you have the hang of it and know of some recipes you like AND once you experience the difference with how much better you feel you'll NEVER go back to a poor diet!


Lastly, one can come attend our healthy and delicious cooking demonstrations. St. Mary Medical Center's Chef Ryan C. Smith conducts cooking demonstrations throughout the year at the Portage Township YMCA. He can show anyone how to cook great meals that are easy and healthy. You can call me at the Portage Township YMCA to find out more about these cooking demos at 219-764-7217.These are free and open to the public.

Do you have a question for Danny? Send your questions to with the subject title: Attention Danny G. You can also contact Danny at the Portage Township YMCA by calling 219-762-9622.


*Discalimer: The information in this article is for informational purposes only and not intended as medical advice.