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 […]

How to Use Nutritional Yeast

Have your clients been asking you about nutritional yeast? Well, that’s a good thing! There’s much to love about “nooch”—the affectionate term for nutritional yeast, the plant-based essential that adds savory flavor and a nutritious kick to recipes. If it’s not already a go-to ingredient in your kitchen, consider bringing this staple, with its signature […]

Calcium Balance in Older Adults

Several factors affect nutrient utilization in older adults, including diet, medications, and health conditions. Calcium absorption is of particular concern because in addition to the latter factors that could inhibit uptake, calcium depends on magnesium and vitamin D, making achieving adequate balance more difficult. Furthermore, calcium is especially important for older adults’ bone health; they’re […]

Promoting Better Sleep

If your clients or patients have complained about not getting enough sleep, know they’re not alone. It’s estimated that about 68% of Americans struggle with obtaining quality sleep at least once per week, and about 1 in 3 American adults don’t get enough sleep on a regular basis. What’s causing this? And why does it […]

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 […]

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” […]