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...


May
05
How Does Your Garden Grow?
By Ryan Robinson

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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 Nutrisensenutrit...


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,...


Apr
07
COVID-19 and Minority Health
By Lisa Andrews Med RD LD


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With all that’s going on in the world with COVID-19, it’s natural to focus on our own immediate circles of loved ones. Kids are out of school, spouses are working from home or not working at all. Parents or grandparents are isolated and we’re not able to visit them. Fear and anxiety are common right now, and rightfully so. According to the CDC, the US has seen nearly 350,000 cases of COVID-19 and over 10,000 deaths. 1 This pandemic will indeed change the world as we know it. April is Minority Health Month. It’s a perfect time to address an imminent concern for minority populations.


While we are all potentially susceptible to this deadly virus, it’s important ...


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...


Dec
16
Healthier Holiday Foods from our Dietitian Friends
By Anne Danahy MS RDN

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The holidays might be all about indulging on sweets, treats, and lots of party foods, but one group that knows how to balance things out is dietitians! We all love to splurge, especially this time of the year, but we also know that the secret to enjoying all the treats without all the regrets come January, is to sprinkle in lots of healthy options too.



Here are some favorite healthier holiday appetizers, side dishes and even desserts from our food blogging registered dietitian friends – check them out and maybe you’ll find a few new dishes to help keep your holiday table a little bit more balanced.



Get your party started with a healthy appetizer like these yummy Butternut Squash...


Dec
02
Nutrition and HIV
By Lisa Andrews Med RD LD


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The popularity of Bohemian Rhapsody, the biographical drama about the rock band Queen, shed a light on an oft forgotten, chronic disease. AIDS. While fans of the band watched lead singer Freddy Mercury (played by Rami Malek) waste away, it was a reminder to dietitians that this formerly fatal disease has some distinct nutritional components to it.


Balanced nutrition is particularly important for HIV patients given their compromised immune systems. Weight loss, for example, is common in HIV infection for a variety of reasons. HIV patients may experience anorexia, dysgeusia, nausea and vomiting or malabsorption related to their condition as well as medication side effects. Mouth sores, a comm...