Can a Registered Dietitian help you Go Green? Absolutely!
Let’s face it, there’s a lot of talk about “going green” these days. (I have an entire post on this, The Power of Green, here. Today I’ll be sharing great eating advice from other Registered Dietitians.
When we talk about “eating green” we could be talking about:
- Choosing foods or food prep methods that are good for the environment, such as eating local
- Choosing organic foods when possible
- Eating your greens
- Saving some Green when it comes to eating healthy on a budget
However you choose to “go green”, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist can help.
What’s a Registered Dietitian, anyway?
A Registered Dietitian (RD) or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) is someone who has at least a four-year degree in nutrition and has also completed a internship or work experience, and then has passed a registration exam. RDs/RDNs (the terms and acronyms are interchangeable) also practice under a Code of Ethics and must take 25 hours of Continuing Education every year. You can find out more at the professional organization of RDNs, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
What’s the difference between a “nutritionist” and an RD/RDN? I guess it’s kind of like the difference between a “cook” and a “chef.” All chefs are technically cooks, but not all cooks are chefs because they don’t have the same education, skills and experience. Many people call themselves “nutritionists” that don’t necessarily have college-level education in nutrition. Of course some do have bachelor’s or Master’s Degrees–check credentials! #Eating advice from 10 #RDNs #nutrition @eatrightpro #NationalNutritionMonth bit.ly/2mQNDYi Click To Tweet
Tips on How to Put Your Best Fork Forward from 10 Registered Dietitians
Simple Cravings Real Food
Vicki Shanta-Retelny RDN, is the author of several books and a blogger at SimplyCravingsRealFood.com. This is Vicki’s passion: “I like to make food fun and get others into the kitchen to learn about the food they crave and how to satisfy cravings simply with real food first.” In her post Ten Ways to Live in Healthy Style Today, she breaks healthy living down into some pretty simple, motivating steps.
Sarah aka The Salubrious RD believes that “food can heal, sustain health and that real, whole foods are important.” She works full time as a writer and educator. In this post, 7 Habits of Healthy Kids, Sarah maps out what healthy habits for kids look like. As the mom of three, Sarah is spot-on in the reality check department. She’s in the trenches and knows a thing or two about raising healthy kids! In this post, Sarah gives 5 tips on how to “Put Your Best Fork Forward.”
Healthy Out of Habit
In this post by Denine Marie RD at Healthy Out of Habit, she “Empowers modern superwomen through nutrition knowledge, a supportive community and awesome tools to eat well, feel great and change the world!!“ In this post she highlights six RDN’s go-to foods in Best Foods to Energize Crazy-Busy Supermom Days. You know those kind of days when you hit the ground running at 7 am and don’t stop until 8 or 9 (or later)? On these days, what you eat is super important, and you’ll find links to eating tips from the pros.
Surprising Advice from a Registered Dietitian
OK, this post is mine–thought I would sneak it in among these other RD superstars! I wanted to write something different this year for National Nutrition Month–something unexpected. So yes, my advice does include eat sugar (what?), enjoy some Mexican food (not kidding!) and cook up some popcorn (movies anyone?!)
Nutrition Starring You
Lauren Pincus-Harris RD at Nutrition Starring You has a private practice in the New York/New Jersey area and is also a nutrition communications consultant and brand ambassador. In this sponsored post, Lauren gives you 5 Easy Ways to Include More Fiber In Your Diet. (And who doesn’t need that?!)
Family Food Fiesta
Sarah Koszyk MA, RDN is the blogger behind Family Food Fiesta. “On a Mission to provide both adults and youth with delicious and nutritious recipes and tips to optimize performance and fuel health.” She is also a sports nutritionist. Her latest book is 365 Snacks For Every Day of the Year. This post, for National Nutrition Month is actually by Nikki Karetov, an RD-to-Be.
Stacey Mattinson RD
Stacey Mattinson RD is “a motivational nutrition guru who will help you break the barriers on achieving the health you never thought you could, feel confident in your own skin, drop the guilt-shame cycle with food, and kick the confusion on what you should actually eat.”
She is also a peanut butter aficionado! In her post for National Nutrition Month, she encourages you to “accentuate the positive” by trying 5 changes you can do today for Putting Your Best Fork Forward.
Better is the New Perfect
Now here’s a surprise: dietitians don’t always have a perfect diet! And Elizabeth Ward “tells all” in her post about Dietitians’ Eating Downfalls. Elizabeth is an award-winning author of several books including My Plate for Moms and Expect the Best. I love the title/intent of her blog Better is The New Perfect. It sums up the mantra I’ve adopted lately too. Perfection in everything is unachievable and the sooner you realize that, the happier you’ll be!
The Wandering RD
Diane Norwood MS, RD, CDE aka The Wandering RD, is a stay-at-home-mom and Navy wife and food blogger. She has developed a calendar of 30 Habits of Healthy and Happy Families. This one-pager has quick tips that are do-able. I like this one, which I practice often: Plan for leftovers at least once a week. Eat it the next day for lunch or dinner, or freeze it. It is the most efficient way to make real food consistently.
Annie B. Kay
Annie B. Kay practices nutrition with a big twist of “Green.” She is an integrative dietitian, award-winning author, yoga therapist and plant spirit healer. In this post, Spring Food Renewal, Annie includes nutrient-dense, plant-based recipes to help you lighten up this spring.
Choose Healthier Fast Food!
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