Jul
03
Summer Salads
By Lisa Andrews Med RD LD

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With temperatures rising, the last thing people want to endure is more heat, especially in their kitchens. Summer is the perfect ‘thyme’ to enjoy seasonal produce from your garden, farmer’s market or grocery. There’s plenty of creative meals that can be made from fresh produce and pantry staples.


In addition to keeping the heat down, research shows that plant-based diets reduce the incidence of certain cancers, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. 1 Plant-based proteins such as legumes, lentils, nuts/seeds and soy-based products are becoming more popular for their health benefits including fiber, heart-healthy fat and phytochemicals. 2 These protein sources are also ...


Jun
17
3 Reasons Less Meat is Best for Men
By Lisa Andrews Med RD LD



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It’s no coincidence that Men’s Health month coincides with Father’s Day in June. It’s a perfect time of year to celebrate the favorite men in your life. June also follows Memorial Day- the official kick off of grilling season!


Unfortunately, this grilling season may be quite a bit different than last year. COVID19 has altered our meat supply in several ways. While farms in America haven plenty of animals raised for meat production, several meat production plants were initially shut down due to coronavirus amongst workers. Amongst those who were forced to close this spring was Tyson meats. Typically known for chicken, Tyson also processes pork and beef. A recent report...


Jun
03
How Does Your Garden Grow?
By Lisa Andrews Med RD LD

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There may be an international pandemic happening, but it’s also gloriously spring! And what does spring bring? Flowers and vegetables for many green-thumbed dietitians across the US.


In addition to getting people outside, gardening offers many other health benefits. Mental health experts note that digging in the dirt and gardening reduces stress and anxiety, improves attention, and lowers cortisol levels. 1 Raising your own food also improves self-reliance, reduces trips to the grocery store, saves money and increases consumption of produce. 2 ‘Lettuce’ take a look at what several dietitians are cultivating this spring.


Kelly Blake, RDN, LD, IFNCP, owner of Nutrisensenutri...


May
15
5 Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet Beyond Heart Health
By Anne Danahy MS RDN


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The Mediterranean Diet deserves attention all year, but it gets some extra love during the month of May, as we celebrate International Mediterranean Diet Month. The Mediterranean diet food pyramid was created in 1993 by Oldways, a food and nutrition education nonprofit, in partnership with Harvard Medical School and the World Health Organization.



Although the official named diet has existed for less than 30 years, it’s the same plant-forward, seafood and olive oil-rich diet that people in countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea have eaten forever. And the more this diet pattern is researched, the more nutrition experts are convinced – the best way to reclaim our health i...


Apr
20
Tips for Working with Patients in Alcohol Recovery
By Anne Danahy MS RDN


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More than 14 million U.S. adults have alcohol use disorder (AUD), defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease characterized by the inability to control or stop drinking alcohol – despite negative consequences. AUD includes both alcohol abuse (as with binge drinking), and alcohol dependence. (1)



Unfortunately, less than 10% of those with AUD seek treatment. (1) For those who do enter into treatment programs, a multi-specialty approach that includes medical, behavioral, and nutrition therapy can increase their chances of recovery. Some addiction treatment centers employ dietitians as part of a recovery team, but often it’s lacking. If you work in a general outpatient practice,...


Mar
06
Lettuce Beet Hunger
By Lisa Andrews Med RD LD

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While most of us are celebrating National Nutrition Month with plenty of food, over 37 million people are dealing with hunger in the US with over 11 million of them children, according to 2019 Feeding America Statistics. 1 We may just think of food insecurity as “missing a few meals”, but the problem is much bigger. Children that suffer food insecurity deal with lifelong effects on their growth, behavior, education and even earning potential. Carinne Deeds, a Policy Associate at the American Youth Policy Forum notes that kids in food insecure homes are behind their food-secure peers in cognitive, emotional and physical development. They are also more likely to be hospitalized du...


Feb
25
Low FODMAP Diet 101
By Anne Danahy MS RDN

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The low FODMAP diet has gained much attention as a way to help manage symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). It can be difficult to navigate at first, but for patients who work with a dietitian to implement it, the results can be life changing. Here’s what you should know about this diet, and how to help your patients get started.



What Are FODMAPs?


FODMAP is an acronym for fermentable oligo-, di-, mono-saccharides and polyols. They’re different types of small chain carbohydrates that in some people, may be poorly absorbed in the small intestine. They draw water into the gut, and they’re rapidly fermented by bacteria in the large intestine. This increases symptoms like ...


Feb
11
The Heart of the Matter
By Lisa Andrews Med RD LD

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It’s February and Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. But before you surprise your sweetheart with a sweetheart filled with beautiful chocolates, let’s take a look at the latest in diet and heart disease. For chocolate’s sake, why not start with sugar?

For years, scientists blamed dietary fat on the risk for heart disease, but perhaps it’s what’s combined with fat that may be at the heart of the problem. A recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine found that a diet filled with sugar may raise your risk for heart disease, regardless of weight gain. 1

The US Dietary Guidelines advise us to consume no more than 10% of calories from added suga...


Jan
07
New Year's Diet Questions
By Lisa Andrews Med RD LD

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It’s inevitable in the nutrition field. The second someone hears you work as an RD or DTR, the questions start coming. You may be cornered on a flight or at a family gathering. Questions like, “What do you think of the keto diet?”, or “I’m starting a new cleanse after the holidays- which is the best?”, can send most nutrition professionals over the edge. As dietitians and DTRs, we want our clients to have sustainable results, not a flash in the pan fad diet that may lead to weight gain, nutrient deficiencies or eating disorders. Here’s how a few seasoned RDs and DTRs handle these types of quirky New Year’s queries.


Dr. Young, PhD, RD, author of...


Nov
18
Why Gut Health is an Important Part of Diabetes Management
By Anne Danahy MS RDN

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The digestive tract is home to trillions of microorganisms. Collectively known as the microbiome, these “bugs” that live in everyone’s gut influence a surprising number of daily operations in the human body.



Research is still in its infancy, but animal and human studies point to the microbiome as being a mini ecosystem that interacts with cells, organs, and systems throughout the body. In doing so, it modulates the risk of a wide range of diseases. It’s not surprising that gastrointestinal diseases are influenced by the microbiome, but researchers are also looking at its role in autism spectrum disorder, mood disorders, and metabolic diseases including obesity and di...