I could not believe it that I was here at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 100th anniversary of Food Nutrition Expo Conference in Chicago, Illinois.  There were almost 13,000 registered dietitians and nutrition professionals there for this four-day celebration! There was also more than 130 educational sessions, panel discussions, research forums and culinary demonstrations.  There was so much to see and do in only four days, but I was ready to get started now.     

The first day of the conference was Opening Session and the Keynote speaker the famous neurosurgeon and Emmy Award-winning chief medical correspondent for CNN, Sanjay Gupta who discussed how media influence health and nutrition.   Dr. Gupta also explained about dietitians and nutritional professional frustrations with negative media messages, and fake nutrition news on social media.  Dr. Sanjay Gupta emphasis that we must show a positive spin of this by educating the public about the truths of food a...

National Nutrition Month from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Here are the last 6 Healthy Tips.

1.  Banish Brown Bag Boredom

Whether it’s a lunch for work or school, prevent brown bag boredom with easy-to-fix, healthy lunch ideas. Try a whole-wheat pita pocket with veggies and hummus or a low sodium vegetable soup with whole grain crackers or a salad of mixed greens with low-fat dressing and a hard boiled egg.

2.  Drink More Water

Quench your thirst by drinking water instead of sugary drinks. Stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water if you are active, live or work in hot conditions, or are an older adult.

3.  Explore New Foods and Flavors

Add more nutrition and eating pleasure by expanding your range of food choices. When shopping, make a point of selecting a fruit, vegetable or whole grain that’s new to you or your family. Try different versions of familiar foods like purple asparagus, Honey crisp apples, broccoli flower or quinoa.


This National Nutrition Month from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics there are 17 Health Tips for 2017 for the theme of "Put Your Best Fork Forward". Here are 6 of the Health Tips below.  

1.  Get to Know Food Labels

Reading the Nutrition Facts panel can help you shop and eat or drink smarter.

2.  Consult an RDN

Whether you want to eat better to lose weight or lower your risk or manage a chronic disease, consult the experts! Registered dietitian nutritionists can help you by providing sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice.

3. Follow Food Safety Guidelines

Reduce your chances of getting sick by practicing proper food safety. This includes:
regular hand washing, separating raw protein foods from ready-to-eat foods, cooking foods to the appropriate temperature by using a food thermometer, and refrigerating food quickly at a proper temperature to slow bacteria growth.  Learn more about home food safety at www.homefoodsafety.org.

4.  Get C...

I love the month of March!  This is a special time for dietitians because it is National Nutrition Month!  This month's theme from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is "Put Your Best Fork Forward" .  This theme serve us a reminder that each one of us holds the tool to make healthier food choices.  Making small changes now will over time, helps improve health now and into the future.  The Academy Nutrition and Dietetics has 17 Health Tips for National Nutrition Month.  Today, I am going to discuss 5 of those health tips.

1.   Eat Breakfast

Start your morning with a healthy breakfast that includes lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Some breakfast ideas are breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, low-fat cheese, salsa and a whole wheat tortilla or a parfait with low-fat plain yogurt, fruit and whole grain cereal.

2.  Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and veggies add color, flavor and texture plus vitami...



Summer is officially here and this is the time for eating fresh fruits and vegetables.  Eating more fruits and vegetables is a positive step towards better health and weight management.  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics used a quick and easy way to remember the importance of fruit and vegetables tips.  There are 26 letters in the alphabet – if you use one of these tips every two weeks you will have a much healthier year!


A – Apple – Keep a crisp one in your refrigerator – it will be ready for a sweet snack.

B – Banana – A banana can make a breakfast on the run, snack or a dessert.

C – Carrots – Buy carrot matchsticks or grated carrots and use them on tossed salads.

D – Dried Fruit – Keep raisins on hand for snacks and cereal toppers.  Try cranberries, blueberries, dates or plums.

E- EVERY DAY – EVERY MEAL – Shoot to have at least one fruit or vegetable with every meal, every day!

F – Fruit! – Keep plenty of fruit on hand so you enjoy it every day.

G – Grapes ...

The celebration of National Nutrition Month 2016 continues with the Academy of Nutrition Dietetics - 16 Healthy Tips for 2016 in order to Savor the Flavor of Eating Right! Let us start the count down now!  #NationalNutritionMonth



1. Eat Breakfast Start your morning with a healthy breakfast that includes lean protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Try making a breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, low-fat cheese, salsa and a whole wheat tortilla or a parfait with low-fat plain yogurt, fruit and whole grain cereal.


 2. Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables. Fruits and veggies add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and fiber to your plate. Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables your daily goal. Experiment with different types, including fresh, frozen and canned.


3. Watch Portion Sizes. Get out the measuring cups and see how close your portions are to the recommended serving size. Use half your plate for fruits and vegetables and the other half fo...


 National Nutrition Month is finally here and this year theme is Savor the Flavor of Eating Right!  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics theme encourages everyone to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to our lives.   #NationalNutritionMonth


So how can we Savor the Flavor of Eating Right?  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics explains below:  

1. How, when, why and where we eat are just as important as what we eat. Making sure to enjoy the sight, sounds, memories and interactions associated with eating are essential to developing an overall healthy eating plan.

2. Develop a mindful eating pattern that includes nutritious and flavorful foods, while also taking the time to enjoy everything that a healthful and tasty meal brings with it. That's the best way to savor the flavor of eating right!

3. It is possible to enjoy the taste and flavor of food while still maintaining a healthy diet...


On Wednesday, March 9th, 2016, is a very special for Registered Dietitians!  This is a day where RDN's are recognizing for all of their hard work and expertise in nutrition.  


How was this day created?  Below are quotes from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics about this extraordinary day!  


Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day was created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association) to increase the awareness of registered dietitian nutritionists as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and to recognize RDNs for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives. Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day and National Nutrition Month® promote the Academy and RDNs to the public and the media as the most valuable and credible source of timely, scientifically-based food and nutrition information.

The History of Registered Dietitian Day 


  • The first Registered Dietitian Day was celebrated in 2008. Wednesday, Mar...

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This blog is meant to inform and entertain the general public and other healthcare providers on nutrition and health issues. Information on this blog does not replace that of your own health care provider. The opinions presented on this blog are my own and do not necessarily represent that of my employer or associations.  This blog is designed for educational and entertainment purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for personal medical attention, diagnosis or hands-on treatment. None of the information in these posts are to be mistaken for medical care or recommendations. ALWAYS consult your doctor prior to changing your diet or starting a new supplement or exercise regime. The information in this blog is based in either opinion, life experience, or sometimes hard science. As I am simply sharing what I feel to be the truth in my life, I always urge people to find what they consider to be theirs. Thanks for reading and enjoy!


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