Counseling Adults With Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability with a defined set of behaviors. A diagnosis of ASD now includes Asperger syndrome, autistic disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified. ASD affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. Scientists have yet to figure out what causes ASD and why those with ASD communicate, […]

Should RDs Recommend Adaptogens to Clients?

While adaptogens have been used for centuries around the world, only recently have their popularity grown beyond the holistic health community. By definition, adaptogens are agents that help the body and mind adapt to stress. Compared with single amino acid supplements or floral extracts, adaptogens typically are herbs or roots said to exert physiological “normalizing” […]

The Many Faces of Sustainability

Like the word nutrition, sustainability is a loaded term. It can produce an emotional response and be associated with much misunderstanding. When consumers make purchasing decisions, they often focus on a single aspect of nutrition or one component of sustainability. For example, sometimes clients base their assessment of a food’s healthfulness on its sodium or […]

Encouraging Teens to Eat Healthfully

Articles that provide tips and strategies on how to instill healthful eating patterns in children tend to focus on toddlers and preschoolers. Sure, they’re the little people with major food jags and temper tantrums, but what about teenagers? With access to school vending machines, fast-food lunches off campus, and parties galore, teens are prone to […]

Cooking With Kids: Creating More Than Food

Teaching children to cook is the best way to raise adventurous eaters and form good nutrition habits for life. In my nearly 12 years of being a mother, some of my favorite memories with my children have occurred in the kitchen. Watching them go from chubby-fingered toddlers playing with their food to helpful and adept preteens […]

Top 5 RD Cookbooks for 2018

One of the most popular New Year’s resolutions is to lose weight and/or eat more healthfully. As dietetics professionals, many of us recommend preparing healthful meals at home so cooks can have control over the ingredients and calories the meal contains. With more and more dietetics professionals publishing healthful cookbooks, here is the top 5 […]