Kraus Back and Neck Institute in Houston, TX

Relief from Lower Back and Neck Pain

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      At the Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI), we specialize
                 in non-surgical as well as surgical treatments
                                of Back and Neck  Pain
     Conservative to Surgical Options: MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SUGERY 
 "Applying Science to the Art of Medicine"                                                  
                 Dr. Kraus is available for Neurosurgery consultation (surgical and non-surgical) in Houston.
                      Offices:  1) West Houston Medical Center
                                    2) Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital
                                    3) Katy
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                                            Dr. Kraus is honored to be listed in
                                            "Best Doctors in America" (2001-2008) and
                                             "Top Doctors of Houston, Texas" (2007, 2008, 2009)     

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Meal Planning



Once you learn these simple rules you will have the keys to a healthy lifestyle. It is up to you to carry out these guidelines. Good luck and good health!


1. Learn to recognize an ideal portion size. During the first few weeks use liquid and dry measuring cups and spoons to measure your foods. Once you are able to “eyeball” the proper portion size you can weigh and measure your foods several times a month.


2. Eat four to six small meals for good health and to control weight. Never skip meals or concentrate all of your calories into one or two larger meals.


3. Remember to count the foods used in meal preparation. Soups, casseroles and even salads are made of several different food groups. To follow a balanced food plan you need to count all ingredients, such as flour, fat and fruit juice, required for one portion of the recipe. For example:                                                                               

1 taco = 1 bread + 2 meat + 2 fat


4. Consume all the exchanges in your food plan. Your food plan is based on your age, sex, activity level, gender and metabolic rate.


5. Any food found in the food group may be interchanged with any other food on the same list. In the meat group, for example, 1 meat serving = 1 oz. turkey, 1 oz. cheese or 1/4 cup water-packed tuna.


6. Foods found in different categories cannot be substituted for another. For example, 1 bread does not equal 1 milk.


7. Equate serving sizes with everyday items in your home. Here are some ideas to visualize portion sizes:


                        1 medium fruit                           =  your fist


                        1 ounce of cheese or meat          =  your thumb or a pair of dice


                        3 ounces poultry, meat or fish     =  palm of your hand, a deck of cards or
a cassette tape


                        1 cup pasta, rice or potatoes       =  a tennis ball or your fist






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