Monday, April 26, 2010

The Registered Dietitian
Donna Israel, PhD, RD, CLT, LPC

Donna Israel, PhD, RD, CLT, LPC
In 1995, Dr. Donna Israel joined forces with dietitian Dr. Carol Ireton-Jones and created the company Professional Nutrition Therapist (PNT).  PNT was the first dietitian-owned business in the United States to be accredited nationally and with commendation by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.

Donna Israel is a Fellow of the American Dietetic Association, member of the ADA Nutrition Care Process/Standardized Language Task Force, member of the ADA National Leadership Institute Team, winner of both the ADA Excellence in Consultation and Private Practice and the Texas Distinguished Dietitian Award. She is also a recognized licensed professional counselor and has provided medical nutrition therapy for over 10,000 individuals in medical nutrition therapy since beginning her private practice in 1982.

Dr. Israel has received numerous awards and honors in her profession and her community. She co-authored a journal for promoting an invigorating lifestyle and maintaining healthy weight entitled "Energy for Life". Her publications include more than 20 peer-reviewed articles on a wide variety of nutrition and wellness topics. Her research at Methodist Hospitals Dallas, TX was chosen for presentation at the 4th International Congress on Obesity. She was the dietitian filmed by PBS in 26 segments of Nutrition Pathways following her consultation with overweight/obese/hyperlipidemic clients and highlighting diabetes education and practice.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Dietitians Share Earth Day Suggestions

Dietitians Share Earth Day Suggestions

Eat Green on Earth Day. Dietitians Share Their Best Eco-Friendly Food Shopping Tips by  Melinda Hemmelgarn, MS, RD (Today's Dietitian)

Earth Friendly Tips by Kathy Nichols, RD

Earth Day 2010 by Sheryl Lozicki, RD

Sustainable Groceries.
Stacy Roberts, RD from Holy Cross Hospital in Broward County, Florida is interviewed by Dave Aizer on sustainable groceries and eating. From the Morning Show, station SFL, WSFL-TV.

Go Green, Get Lean with Kate Geagan

Find out about sustainability, food choices and food security. USDA 

Eat Super Green for Earth Day with the Super Green Seafood List. Retweeted by Kate Geagan, MS, RD

Going Green for Earth Day by Andrea Samson, RD, LDN

A Dietitian's View. Celebrate Earth Day

Saturday, April 17, 2010

The Social RD on Facebook

For any RD, food and/or nutrition professional wanting to learn the ins and outs of Social Media, including start-up, design, target audience, topics, tags, profits, maintenance, marketing, etc. this is the Facebook page you want to join.

The moderators are the very knowledgeable and talented Nadine Fisher, MS, RD, LD and Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RD, LD, ACSM.

Nadine is an Internet entrepreneur and web developer. She is innovative and an Internet Problem Solver.

Rebecca has an advance degree in communications and digital technology. She is a member of NTEN (non-profit technology network) and a designer of websites and blogs.

The two of them together create a dynamic team. You do not want to miss being a part of their energy and expertise.

The Registered Dietitian
Marjorie Geiser, MBA, RD, NSCA-CPT

Marjorie Geiser, MBA, RD, NSCA-CPT
Twitter. megfit

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Registered Dietitian
Julie Tharalson, RD

Julie Tharalson, RD
Twitter. FoodieRD

The Health Benefits of Laughing

Having a good laugh usually makes us feel positive about ourselves.
This can be a factor in motivating a person to lose weight.

Health Benefits of Laughing

A research published in the International Journal of Obesity discovered laughter can be beneficial in weight control.

Laughing helps burn calories by increasing the heart rate by 10 to 20 percent: The metabolism increases as well, meaning you will burn more calories at rest once you have stopped laughing.

Scientists calculated 15 minutes of laughter a day will burn 10 to 40 calories, depending on a person’s weight and the intensity of the laughter.

Laughter can relieve physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after.

Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, which promotes an overall sense of well-being.

Laughter improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which may benefit the cardiovascular system.

Laughter may benefit people with diabetes. One study showed after watching a comedy, the group had lower blood sugar levels than they did after listening to a boring lecture.

Don’t laugh just to lose weight. Laugh because it feels great,
because it is healthy for you and
because we take ourselves too seriously.
It’s time to lighten up.

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Registered Dietitian
Anthony J Sepe, RD, From A Dietitian's Perspective

Anthony J Sepe, RD

From A Dietitian's Perspective 

April is National Donate Life Month

April is National Donate Life Month.
Find out how you can get involved.


Risk Factors For Organ Failure
* Obesity
* Diabetes
* Hypertension/Heart Disease/Stroke
* Life Style Choices

 Reduce Risks with Healthy Habits
* Stay Heart Healthy
* Follow the US Dietary guidelines
* Follow an Exercise program
* Go for an annual check-up with your Doctor

Sunday, April 11, 2010

April 11, 2010 World Parkinson's Disease Day

World Parkinson's Disease
Michael J. Fox: Living With Parkinson's

Nutrition and Parkinson's Disease
There is no special diet for people with Parkinson's disease. The nutritional goals include:
  • Eat well-balanced meals.
  • Consume adequate calories to maintain body weight within a normal range.
  • Minimize food and drug interactions.
  • If chewing, choking or excessive coughing becomes a problem, provide food consistency easily tolerated.
  • Feeding may become difficult and a referral to an occupational therapist may be necessary for adaptive eating utensils.

Eat Well-Balanced Meals
Eat a variety of foods. Include foods rich in fiber, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, bran, cereals, rice and pasta. Limit intake of salt, sugar and foods high in saturated fats and cholesterol. Drink eight cups of water per day. Balance exercise and food in order to maintain your weight within a healthy range. Ask your doctor if alcohol will interfere with any of your medications.

Medication and Food Interactions
Medication used to treat Parkinson's disease may cause nausea. Let your doctor know if nausea is a problem. There are several ways to control nausea, including:
  • Drink clear liquids, such as water, broth, fruit juices without pulp (apple juice, grape juice or cranberry juice), Clear sodas, sports drinks and plain gelatin.
  • Avoid juices with pulp and orange and grapefruit juices.
  • Eat and drink slowly.
  • Beverages should be consumed between meals, not with the meal.
  • Choose bland foods such as saltine crackers. Avoid greasy and fried foods.
  • Eat smaller meals, more frequently throughout the day.
  • Foods should be eaten cold or at room temperature.
  • After eating keep your head elevated and avoid brushing your teeth.

Some medications for Parkinson's disease may cause thirst or dry mouth. Include 8 or more cups of liquid each day, unless other medical conditions require you to limit your fluid intake. Add sauces to foods to make them moister. Try sour candy or an ice pop to help increase saliva.

Malnutrition may become a problem for a person diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. This could be related to depression, nausea, difficulty feeding, problems with swallowing, chewing, coughing and/or a loss of interest in food.

Patients who experience swallowing difficulties should consult a physician. The doctor may recommend a swallow study to determine the food consistency best tolerated. If feeding becomes difficult, a referral to an occupational therapist may be necessary for adaptive eating utensils.

Click the following link to learn more about World Parkinson's Disease Day.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Featured Registered Dietitian, Tanya Zuckerbrot, M.S., R.D.

Tanya Zuckerbrot, M.S., R.D.
is a registered dietitian and nutritionist with a Mission. When I chose to feature Tanya, I had no idea how many business enterprises she was involved in. Tanya is passionate about her work and provides daily support on nutrition and health to thousands of people on the Internet and in her private practice based out of New York City and another in Roslyn Heights, New York.

Tanya is the author of the popular weight control book, called the F-Factor Diet. The book outlines a delicious and sustainable diet that highlights fiber as the key to permanent weight loss.

Tanya regularly appears on The Today Show and Extra; and guest expert appearances on The Rachael Ray Show, MSNBC, Good Morning America Health, CBS's The Early Show, CBS Evening News, Fox News and The Food Network. She also has a weekly blog called, “Tanya’s Tasty Tips,” found on

Skinny in the City is a daily online newsletter and website prepared by Zuckerbrot and a team of registered dietitians. They combine diet and nutrition information with the latest beauty and fashion news.

The latest addition to the Zuckerbrot brand, is The Skinny on Dietitians. It is a user-friendly website and search engine that helps people across the country find a qualified Registered Dietitian (RD) to meet their unique needs, budget and location. The site includes only dietitians accredited by The American Dietetic Association. The Skinny on Dietitians enables RD's to create a personalized profile that includes information about their training, contact information, website, areas of practice and specializations. For those RD's who do not have their own online presence, the Skinny on Dietitians can fill that void. The site offers one free and two low-cost ($10 and $20 per month) membership levels so that dietitians can choose the package that works best for them.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Registered Dietitians Online, 2010

This year I would like to extend a special thank you to the RDs I've met on-line. The Internet has brought the world closer together and open avenues for learning, teaching and sharing.

Dietitians-Online was created to acknowledge the contributions of Registered Dietitians on the Internet and their global impact. We have come a long way.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April is Fresh Florida Tomato Month

April is Fresh Florida Tomato Month and today April 6th we celebrate Fresh Tomato Day.
Low in Calories and rich in Vitamin C. Tomatoes are fun and easy to grow, indoors or outdoors.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

April Wellness News

April 2010 Current News and Resources in Nutrition, Food, Health, Recalls/Safety and Disability Rights. Encourages awareness and inspires ideas for Journalists, Educators, Consumers and Health Professionals.

April Monthly Events: Alcohol Awareness Month; Autism Awareness Month; Cancer Control Month; Child Abuse Prevention Month; Informed Women Month; Injury Prevention Month; International Customer Loyalty Month; IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Month; Month of the Military Child; National Donate Life Month; National Occupational Therapy Month; National Parkinson's Awareness Month; National Youth Sports Safety Month; Prevention of Animal Cruelty Month; Women's Eye Health and Safety Month; World Habitat Awareness Month; Celebrate Diversity Month; Community Spirit Days; Emotional Overeating Awareness Month; Florida Tomato Month; Global Child Nutrition Month; National Garden Month; National Pecan Month; National Soft Pretzel Month; National Soy Foods Month; Jazz Appreciation Month; Keep America Beautiful; National Humor Month; School Library Media Month; Stress Awareness Month

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Autism and Nutrition

For decades scientist have studied the role of nutrition in relationship to autism. Reseach has not shown a connection to diet and the treatment of Autism. However, this remains a controversy.

Whether or not food is a treatment, there are nutritional concerns to consider. The abstract below discusses some of the eating problems faced by a persom with autism. To view the complete article click the title link.

Abstract.  Eating Problems in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders
Williams, Keith E. PhD, BCBA-D; Seiverling, Laura MA; Topics in Clinical Nutrition: January/March 2010, Volume 25, Issue 1-p 27–37

A variety of eating problems, especially problems with food selectivity, have been reported in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). A few studies have examined children with and without ASDs and compared eating problems found in a group of children. Other research has examined possible etiological factors that lead to eating problems among children with ASDs. This review discusses these areas of research. While the treatment of eating problems among children with ASDs can present a clinical challenge to providers, there is a growing literature detailing effective interventions for the eating problems in this population. Methods of assessment as well as details of interventions that have been found to effectively treat eating problems among children with ASDs are described.

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