I have the pleasure of working as a preceptor for dietetic internship programs. Allison Hinze worked with me (and my 4-legged office mates) in my practice and wrote a post about her journey to become a nutrition professional. Enjoy! -Neily
Everyone eats, but is everyone a nutrition expert? It’s easy to think so. Individuals, professionals, non-professionals and the like share their opinions on nutrition and food daily.
Food is a large part of life and we value sharing our personal knowledge. In a world where we can share information with the click of a button reaching hundreds, if not thousands, of people, we’re saturated with health claims—some good, some not so good. Continue reading
The New Year is here and with it the onslaught of resolutions. “This year will be the year when…” Fill in the blank: “I lose weight.” “I start exercising.” Yada. Yada. Yada.
Thousands of advertising messages will prey upon people’s insecurities with digitally enhanced photos of bodies no one IRL (in real life) has. A body you could have—if only.
Who’s to say you are not enough just as you are? You are enough! Continue reading
I have a confession. I used to know everything about nutrition. I was an expert. See, I was a chubby kid—not obese—but carrying enough extra weight where I was teased and picked last for teams in gym class.
The summer before ninth grade I lost weight and although my weight yo-yoed over the years, I never lost my fascination with nutrition. I devoured every article on nutrition, read books, had subscriptions to every health magazine, and jumped on every trend or fad that happened along.
I listened to so-called experts and parroted their words. My ‘education’ made me super smart knowing more than the average person, always willing to pipe up with the latest I learned—whether welcome or not. I became the go-to person for all thing’s nutrition.
I’ve been adjunct (part-time) faculty over 20 years and have the unique perspective of hearing what my students know and understand about nutrition as they learn key concepts. Early on in my teaching career (pre-internet), I assigned students a project requiring them to summarize a nutrition-related current event from a newspaper or magazine. They presented their summary in class and we deciphered reliability, learning what’s credible and what’s questionable.
As the internet evolved and became the go-to place for information, our learning advanced to a virtual platform including discussion boards. A favorite discussion board topic was (and is) answering this question: Why is nutrition so confusing? Continue reading
Think about all the conflicting articles on coffee and wine for example. A study in the Journal of Health Communication found this makes people trust recommendations less, even nutrition recommendations that are less controversial.
Todd Whitthorne (former executive at Cooper Aerobics Enterprises) and I had a chat about vitamin D a while ago. In part 1 we talked about why vitamin D was (and is!) such a hot topic. Todd also told me how we know animals need it too! In part 2 Todd answered the question Do you need to supplement? and how do you know if you’re low?
In part 3 our discussion revolved around the many health implications of vitamin D and in this final video we talked about knowing if you’re low and what to do.