Should You Kick Your Career Off Clinical Style?

It’s that time of the year when the job hunt for new dietitians is in full swing.  Although the bulk of available opportunities remains in the clinical setting, with ever expanding roles of dietitians in areas of media, culinary work, and retail dietetics, new grads have the option of skipping the traditional route of hospital-based practice after getting those well-earned RDN credentials.

Is it necessary for new dietitians to start their careers in clinical nutrition? Check out part one of our two-part blog.

The Case for Clinical

For many new dietitians, work in a hospital or long-term care facility takes the number one spot on their list of desired job possibilities.  Sari Schlussel-Leeds, MS, RDN, CDN, a dietitian based in New York agreed, “Starting out in clinical nutrition is a must in my opinion. It’s a great opportunity to hone your knowledge and skills and the clinical information is so valuable to any […]

Experts Offer Easiest Ways to Add More Plants to Your Plate

As healthcare professionals, we strive to keep our choices based on evidence-based practice. What’s holding you back from applying what we know about nutrition to your life?  While June is national fresh fruit and vegetable month, any way that you can make your diet more plant based all year is a good move for health.

Fresh or not, we asked Registered Dietitian Nutritionists for the easiest ways to get those five recommended cups of valuable plants into your daily routine.

First Things First

Opting for vegetables at breakfast is a favorite of many nutrition experts.  Kate Chury, RD, of Thinkybites.com suggests keeping a good supply of frozen vegetables on hand for both convenience and their nutritional value.

“My personal favorites for frozen vegetables are broccoli, spinach and asparagus,” Chury said. “I often use these frozen veggies in my scrambled eggs at breakfast. It can be hard to eat vegetables […]

Experts Offer the Easiest Ways to Add More Plants to Your Plate

What’s the real secret to reducing disease risk through nutrition? Time and time again, despite the design of the study, the number of participants, or the timeframe of the intervention, nutrition research shows us that humans are healthier when they eat more vegetables. As healthcare professionals, we strive to keep our choices based on evidence-based practice.

What’s holding you back from applying what we know about nutrition to your life? While June is national fresh fruit and vegetable month, any way that you can make your diet more plant based is a good move for health.

We asked Registered Dietitian Nutritionists for the easiest ways to get those five recommended cups of valuable plants into your daily routine.

First Things First

Opting for vegetables at breakfast is a favorite of many nutrition experts. Kate Chury, RD, of www.thinkybites.com suggests keeping a good supply of frozen vegetables on hand for both convenience and their nutritional value.

“My […]

What to Know Before You Go Gluten Free

When Robin finally decided to head to the doctor for a checkup it was after months of not feeling well. Her main complaint was bloating after eating foods like pasta and bread. Certain foods like ice cream, granola bars or beans also caused significant abdominal pain, gas and diarrhea. After asking a few questions, the doctor suggested a diet change, she was handed a paper on the gluten free diet and asked to return in a month. Within a week Robin began to feel significantly better. Problem solved, right?

You probably know someone with celiac disease. With the prevalence rising to 1 in 133 people, nearly 3 million individuals in the United States have this autoimmune disorder. Unfortunately, 80- 90% of people who have celiac disease don’t actually know it. Randomly starting a gluten free diet without understanding how celiac disease is identified can do more harm than good.

What is Gluten?

Gluten, […]

Support Your Health During Stressful Times

For thirteen years as a nursing professor I posed this question to my nutrition students– “How does stress and life as a nursing student effect your eating habits?

Inevitably students always had one of two answers:

“As a nursing student I have a very busy schedule with studying. I know I have to make good food choices to keep myself healthy to do all the work I need to do.”

OR

“As a nursing student I have a very busy schedule with studying. I have no time to make good food choices with all the work I need to do.”

What is the difference between these two groups? Does the group that prioritizes healthy eating have more time? Do they have more money?

The difference between the two groups is their attitude.

April is Stress Awareness Month. Stress can have a significant impact on our immune system and overall health. While we sometimes have little control over […]

Tackling Problem Feeding Behaviors

Shawn wasn’t your typical four-year-old. Extremely thin and unable to communicate verbally, his entire diet consisted of infant oatmeal cereal with pureed fruit mixed in. For three meals a day, that was it. No meats, no vegetables, no solid food whatsoever. The response of the doctor’s office? “He’ll grow out of it.”

Luckily Shawn’s family was able to find help. During his first visit to a feeding clinic, staffed by an occupational therapist, registered dietitian, and speech language pathologist, Shawn screamed and banged his head on the floor when chicken nuggets were simply brought into the same room. Beyond simple picky eating, this type of response can be common among children on the Autism Spectrum.

April is world autism month. It’s now believed that 1 in every 68 children meets the criteria for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Common behaviors include problems interpreting social interaction cues, repetitive patterns of behavior, and interests. Gastrointestinal […]