Nutrition Superstars of the Center Aisles

In mid-March, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. Since then, consumer shopping and eating habits have changed. New tracking data from IRi Worldwide show a shift in shopping habits in the United States from the perimeter of the supermarket to the center aisles. Consumers are now purchasing more frozen foods (an increase […]

Make Meal Prep Work

If you’ve been a dietitian for any length of time, you’re familiar with the concept of meal preparation. With so many clients looking to get healthful meals on the table quickly and easily, it can seem as though meal prep and being a dietitian go hand in hand. This is true now more than ever. […]

Constipation in Older Adults

Doris is a healthy 69-year-old woman who recently has had problems with “irregularity,” her polite word for constipation. She thought it was just a symptom of aging, but the problem was really starting to bother her. Despite her embarrassment, Doris summoned up the courage to talk with her primary care provider (PCP), who ruled out […]

Saturated Fats and CVD Risk

Janelle is a 59-year-old woman who’s concerned about her risk of CVD. Her mother died at age 61 from a heart attack, and, even though Janelle is relatively healthy, her LDL cholesterol is above the acceptable range, and she wants to decrease her risk. The information Janelle has found online regarding dietary fat and cholesterol […]

Lowdown on the New Nutrition Facts Label

As many RDs know, the Nutrition Facts label is getting a makeover. In 2016, the FDA published its final rule about a new Nutrition Facts label for packaged foods. Changes to the panel include a larger font size for calories and serving sizes, a new category for added sugars, and updated daily recommendations for fiber and sodium. […]

8 Ways to Support Immunity

During this trying time of concern over COVID-19, commonly referred to as coronavirus, recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other state and federal organizations have centered around washing hands, avoiding touching your face, and staying home. However, not much press has been given to a key concept that dietitians know plenty […]

Hydrating Young Athletes

We are still in the winter months, but your school-aged clients and their parents/caregivers may be gearing up for spring sports season. For my family, this means soccer matches, lacrosse practices, and flag football games, all of which require a well-fueled body and appropriate hydration. Since kids don’t always perceive thirst as well as adults […]

Vegetarian/Vegan Diets and Aging

Alexis is an RD who works with older adults of varying ages in numerous settings including private practice, outpatient counseling, and a skilled nursing facility with 60 long term care beds (mainly comprising complex medical issues), and 40 short-term rehabilitation beds. She has noticed a trend toward patients/residents wanting to eat more plant-based, vegetarian, and […]