With another Easter holiday coming to a close and Earth Day greeting us the day after, it seems like a perfect time to chat about the benefits of eggshells and some cool and unique uses for eggshells from all those hard-boiled eggs from Easter Sunday.
It amazes me how many clients reach out or come to me and proceed to tell me all about their “clean” eating habits. They tell me how they only eat wholesome, organic foods and never eat fast food. Then their next question is “What vitamins can you recommend?” to help with weight management. Or they hand me a list of vitamins and supplements they take that someone sold them or told them they should take. As the last part of my National Nutrition Month series, I’m dropping some knowledge about vitamins and minerals and what they ACTUALLY do for us (HINT! It has NOTHING to do with giving you more energy).
At every talk I do about nutrition, I bring up our major nutrients in some way to educate or reinforce their purpose. After I have people name the major nutrients (and have to tell them vitamins are NOT one of them), I ask which one is our most important when it comes to energy. The entire audience always seems to yell “PROTEIN” when I ask this. And are shocked when I tell them it’s carbs. Thanks to the media, personal trainers, athletes, and diets like Atkins and Paleo, way too much emphasis has been put on protein as THE single nutrient you need in life. The truth is, while proteins serves a purpose, it’s not the end all be all when it comes to the type of food we should be eating. As part of my National Nutrition Month series about our key nutrients, today I’ll be dishing about the power of protein and what it REALLY does for us.
Happy Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day! Since deciding to become a dietitian back in 2010, I couldn’t be happier with my decision to leave my life as an advertising exec behind. Except in social situations. When I’m at an event making small talk with people and someone inevitably asks what I do for a living (a perfectly reasonable and polite question), I often pick between 3 answers: SUP Instructor, Yoga Teacher, or actually tell them I’m a Registered Dietitian.
If you were in Chicago last week, it’s highly likely you saw mass amounts of folks walking around with name tags and ribbons around their necks. Those were the almost 13,000 of my dietitian colleagues who attended the annual Food & Nutrition Conference Expo (aka our beloved FNCE) in celebration of 100 years of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. While the educational sessions are great, my main reasons for attending are to connect with colleagues, network, and check out the up & coming food trends. If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ve already gotten a sneak peak of some of my FNCE 2017 finds. And if you don’t, now is as good a time as ever to start following along. For my couples out there who want to be on top of the food and nutrition trends, here are what you’ll be seeing more of in stores over the next few months. Continue reading “FNCE 2017 Finds”
Today the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics celebrates Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day. As the nation’s food and nutrition experts, registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) are committed to improving the health of their patients and community. Continue reading “Happy Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day!”
National Nutrition Month® officially kicks off TODAY! All March long, we’ll be celebrating nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Most importantly, we’ll be chatting how Registered Dietitian Nutritionists play a key role in helping you and your significant other have happy, healthy lifestyles together! Continue reading “National Nutrition Month 2017 in NJ”
As I mentioned in a prior post, I recently attended FNCE, the dietitian national conference. Since FNCE stands for Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, it seems silly not to mention the Food Expo portion of my week. While many of my colleagues have gone into greater depth about the expo and trends, I am going to sum up the FNCE 2016 Food Trends in 3 words: beans, nuts, and guts. Continue reading “FNCE 2016 Food Trends Summed Up in 3 Words”
Last week, I had the pleasure of joining over 10,000 of my dietitian colleagues at our annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, belovedly known in the RD community as FNCE (pronounced “fen-cey”). This is my second time attending the event since becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist two years ago. While many of my colleagues are writing their FNCE 2016 blogs about spotted food trends, I am using my post-conference time reflecting on why it’s important for dietitians to attend professional conferences. And no, it’s not for the free samples, swag, or continuing ed credits. Continue reading “Dietitian Conferences: More Than Free Food Samples”
I’ve never been afraid to speak up and ask for what I want. And my recent 36 hours in Washington DC were no exception. Every year, the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics holds a Public Policy Workshop, where hundreds of dietitians travel to Washington DC to “Storm the Hill” by approaching their local legislators’ offices about key nutrition issues that we are looking to have passed in Congress. Yes, that’s right, I got to experience Schoolhouse Rock firsthand!