11 RDs Dish On Personalized Nutrition For National Nutrition Month
In addition to the lovely beginnings of spring, another reason I look forward to March is National Nutrition Month! The theme this year, "Personalize Your Plate," resonated with my personal nutrition philosophy, and I was curious to find out what other dietitians thought.
All month long, mindbodygreen has highlighted the importance of a personalized nutrition approach and celebrated dietitians across a range of specialties.
Fun fact: There are over 100,000 registered dietitian members in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics alone. Dietitians' niche areas of expertise span diverse jobs in hospitals, schools, community programs, universities, private practice, industry, and beyond. A proud R.D. myself, I found it wonderful to connect with dietitians from around the country to hear what personalized nutrition practically means to them and the clients they serve.
From the specific dietary pattern they follow (or don't) to their favorite meals and must-have "MVP" ingredients, these dietitians were eager to dish.
Check out some of our favorite pieces of advice they shared, and read on for more of their fresh nutrition insights:
1. Streamlining recipes may help people with gut issues.
Carol Ireton-Jones, Ph.D., RDN, CNSC
Specialty: Clinical R.D. for patients with G.I./gut challenges
2. Legumes are an integral part of a cardiocentric diet.
Richard D. Lewis, Ph.D., RDN
Specialty: Academic R.D. (researcher, professor, and author)
3. Start teaching kids about healthy eating by cooking together.
Jessica Keene, M.S., R.D., SNS
Specialty: School nutritionist
4. Front-load the day with substantial, nutrient-dense meals.
Ella Davar, R.D., CDN
Specialty: Integrative R.D. with women's health focus
5. Colorful foods and healthy fats are ideal for workout recovery.
Maria Williams, M.S., R.D., L.D.
Specialty: University sports nutritionist
6. Keep convenient, pre-prepped healthy meals on hand.
Marisa More, MBA, RDN
Specialty: Culinary dietitian and food blogger
7. Tahini is a superb healthy, high-fat dressing swap.
Jess Cording, M.S., R.D., CDN
Specialty: Health coach R.D. focusing on energy, mood, and stress response
8. Brussels sprouts are an underrated, benefits-packed veggie.
Trey Sanders, M.S., R.D., CFS
Specialty: R&D food scientist dietitian
9.The right mix of foods at the right time helps optimize fitness.
Major Lori W. Maggioni, M.S., RDN, CSP, L.D.
Specialty: U.S. Army R.D.
10. Mushrooms are a nutrient-packed food your gut loves, too.
Whitney Crouch, RDN, CLT
Specialty: Functional nutritionist focusing on Hashimoto's disease
11. Culture, heritage, and health affect personal nutrition needs.
Maya Feller, M.S., R.D., CDN
Specialty: Private practice R.D. specializing in medical nutrition therapy
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