The Pandemic’s Impact on IDDSI

According to the Cleveland Clinic, more than 15 million Americans across the age spectrum have swallowing disorders such as dysphagia. Often, these individuals require foods and beverages to be modified—liquids thickened or foods puréed, for example—to prevent accidental choking or aspiration of liquids. Despite the prevalence of swallowing disorders and need for specialized nutrition, no […]

Personalized Weight Loss Approaches

As RDs, we know that success in treating clients with overweight and obesity depends on individualized diet and lifestyle recommendations. A move in the research community toward understanding individual differences in weight loss occurred in the 2017 DIETFITS (Diet Intervention Examining The Factors Interacting with Treatment Success) study. The primary aim of this investigation was […]

Healthful Eating on a Budget

For nearly all clients, increasing consumption of fruits and vegetables is a great start to improving their health. However, many perceive the cost of healthful foods as a barrier to following a nutritious dietary pattern. While some healthful foods are expensive, clients can find affordable options that may be less costly than eating convenience foods […]

The Diabetes Plate Method

When I first became an RD, I worked with adults and children newly diagnosed with diabetes in a hospital setting. I’d teach them the diabetes exchange system, which often would leave them confused; if I returned to review the materials, usually they already had been discharged from the hospital. Fast-forward 20 years later, and now […]

Nutrients for Immune Health

As an RD, you’re probably getting bombarded with questions from your clients, neighbors, friends, and family about which foods, snacks, and beverages can support their immune system during the COVID-19 pandemic. The overwhelming amount of conflicting information in the media, on grocery stores shelves, and in advertising can really stress a person out. Especially since […]

Transitioning to a Plant-Based Diet

The popularity of plant-based diets has grown tremendously in recent years, due in part to claims of numerous health and environmental benefits. Clients who are interested in adopting a plant-based diet face several considerations. You can help clients determine whether these types of diets will be sustainable for them, understand their unique nutritional needs, and […]

Effective Counseling in Low-Socioeconomic Communities

Health disparities in low-socioeconomic communities continue to be a pervasive problem. Low-socioeconomic communities often lack access to healthful, nutrient-dense foods and culturally relevant, high-quality nutrition education, leading to disproportionate chronic disease rates and low self-efficacy to make healthful choices. When high-quality, healthful foods are sold in these communities, they’re often far more expensive than in […]