National RDN Day! What’s an RDN?

NNM14_RDN_Day Registered dietitian nutritionists, or RDNs,  are the food and nutrition experts, translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living. The expertise, training and credentials that back a registered dietitian nutritionist are vital for promoting positive lifestyle choices.

When you need food and nutrition information based on fact or need to know how a healthy diet improves health and fights disease—rely on qualified professionals.

Registered dietitians draw on their experience to develop a personalized nutrition plan for individuals of all ages. They are able to separate facts from fads and translate nutritional science into information you can use.

A registered dietitian can put you on the path to a healthy weight, eating healthfully and reducing your risk of chronic disease.

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Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

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If you are concerned about artificial food dyes, you can color Easter eggs using natural food dyes that you make in your own kitchen using foods such as beets, blueberries and grape juice. Here’s an article that explains how: http://usat.ly/ZTdz2J 

Our Daily Bread

March 2013, National Nutrition Month, provides a great opportunity and incentive to focus on healthful eating habits that meet your nutritional needs. Over the last three weeks, in conjunction with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ national campaign, I discussed what “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” means to me and then focused specifically on “Eat Right” and “Your Way.”

Finally, let’s take a closer look at that third part: what “Every Day” implies.

RDs Help Meet Everyday NeedsOur Daily Bread

In showing us how to pray, Jesus taught us to ask in faith for our daily bread. Set your health plan in motion by making a daily commitment and taking one step at a time. Commit to your health plan. Come every day prepared to be tested. Often your resolve will be tested and you may be tempted by a vast array of choices, time pressures, and conflicting priorities . Focus this day on the needs and choices you will make this day. This pathway to health is an ongoing process, not a time-limited project. Apply what you’ve learned each day and take it to heart.

“Knowing is not enough. We must apply. Willing is not enough. We must do.”
Johann Wolfgang Goethe

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Have it Your Way

Personalize your eating plan because everyone is different.

Personalize your eating plan because everyone is different.

March 2013, National Nutrition Month, provides a great opportunity and incentive to focus on healthful eating habits that meet your nutritional needs. Over the last two weeks, in conjunction with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ national campaign, I discussed what “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” means to me and then focused in on “Eat Right.”

Now, let’s take a closer look at that second part: what “Your Way” implies.

Your Way

A personalized eating plan can accommodate your food preferences, lifestyle, cultural traditions and spiritual needs in addition to addressing risk factors and disease issues. Develop a personalized eating and fitness plan that embraces flavor, texture, and preferences while addressing food aversions, allergies, or disease complications and meets your nutritional needs to support a joyous celebration of life lived to the full. When defining your way, keep in mind that we reap what we sow. Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial. You can have just about anything you want in food and level of physical activity, but you must take what comes with it because our choices have consequences.

Consider an eating plan to maximize time and health benefits.

Have you considered an eating plan?

Choose to address your specific needs with a healthy eating plan that accommodates your food preferences, lifestyle, schedule, priorities, appetite, and long-term health goals. Your way to health needs to be broad enough to include nutrition, attitude, toxin removal, undoing wrong habits, rest and sleep, exercise, sunshine, pure air and water. When you align your health-related behaviors, your way, with your specific needs, you can achieve the optimal level of health that your body is capable of expressing.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 NIV)

“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” (James 4:3 NIV)

A Registered Dietitian can provide invaluable help as you learn to eat right, your way, every day! It’s easy to locate an RD near you.  At www.eatright.org click on the button to “Locate a Dietitian” and enter your zip code or area of expertise needed. Click here to learn more about National Nutrition Month .

Our Daily Bread

Come back next week as I continue my Eat Right, Your Way, Everyday series. I will discuss how to stay the course and be consistent in making daily health choices.

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What’s Right and What’s Left?

Make March, National Nutrition Month, your time to really focus on improving your nutrition. Last week, in conjunction with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ national campaign, I discussed what “Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day” means to me.

Now, let’s take a closer look at that first part: what it means to eat right. What’s right and what’s left? In other words, what is included and what is left out.

What’s Right

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20 NIV)

Choose a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. Choose lean meats, fish, poultry, and other protein sources such as legumes, lentils, chickpeas and meat analogs. Select oils such as olive oil, avocado, nuts and seeds, and oily fish such as salmon and tuna. Choose locally grown foods when possible. Be mindful of portion sizes. Drink water. Take time to savor healthy foods seasoned to taste with herbs and spices and limit your salt intake. Be mindful of your health when shopping, cooking and eating. Grill, bake, roast or broil rather than fry. Use the plate method to plan and serve meals. Use food-based supplements judiciously.

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When you can, choose seasonal, local and organic produce.

Make your nutrition choices an important part of a healthy lifestyle along with attitude, toxin removal, undoing wrong habits, rest and sleep, exercise, sunshine, clean air and plenty of water.

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What it Means to Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day

March is National Nutrition Month, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics wants to make it your best  month ever. As such, I am participating in their Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day national campaign! But what does it mean to Eat Right, Your Way, Every Day? To me, it means consistently making informed food choices that fit your personal lifestyle and support your health concerns.

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