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Friday, July 18, 2014

The Insightful Intern: Week 5


        Before I started my internship, my only knowledge about how dietitians handle nutritional counseling was really from the professors at school. In class, they show a more black and white approach to nutrition but from observing Amy I have learned it’s more shades of gray.  So I am going to share with you some common misconceptions some people believe about dietitians.  

        The first thing I really observed was how dietitians construct such personalized plans. Amy takes the time to talk to each client about his or her routine and works the plan around it. A “one size fits all” plan does not exist. While I knew to calculate the amount of calories for each meal plan, I didn’t know just how customized it should be. Amy asks what foods you eat on a normal basis and fits those in rather than giving out a standard plan.

        While shadowing, I also see that the meetings are not all about the food. Before, I believed that dietitians would only talk about a meal plan. I’m noticing Amy really takes the time to talk to each client about their life and about daily stresses. She helps counsel them to push through obstacles that may be stopping them from reaching their full potential. Each meeting is not just about the food consumed but also about what is going on in their everyday life.

        Another main thing I’ve noticed is nutrition is not an all or nothing subject. The reality is that you will probably have a bad day here and there. You will crave that piece of chocolate cake at a birthday party and will probably want that extra drink while on vacation. A lot of people think there are “good foods” and “bad foods” but those do not exist. Amy has a saying though that I’ve heard her use many times “majority rules”. It’s okay to have a bad day and enjoy the dessert. You never want anything to stop you from living your life. Just remember to not let it get you down and start fresh the next day with the motivation to get back on track. 

        I’m learning so much about nutritional counseling at Kindred. I can’t wait to be able to use it in the future when I start to make meal plans on my own!

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Insightful Intern: Week 3 and 4


           I have officially hit the one-month mark of being an intern at Kindred and continue to be as enthusiastic as the day that I started.  
           My focus for the past 2 weeks has been on Kindred’s social media. Most recently I have started to add new Pinterest boards that include gluten free recipes, dairy free meals and tasty summer desserts. While I am researching new recipes, I have found so many interesting substitutions that you can use to lighten up a meal, like Greek yogurt for butter or even mayonnaise. Pinterest is a great source to find fun and interesting recipes that you wouldn’t usually try.
           Every day that I go into the office, I have no doubt that this is what I want to do after I graduate. One of my favorite things about the dietetics field is that every day is completely different meaning that there is always something else for you to learn.  While each day is busy, it definitely is never dull. Every client requires a personalized plan and has different circumstances. I’ve heard so many success stories while shadowing that it really is amazing how life changing the right nutritional information can be.
           It’s crazy for me to think that (hopefully) in 1 year, I will be beginning my Dietetic Internship and in another I will be a Registered Dietitian myself. Thankfully I am getting lots of experience and practice at Kindred so I’ll be ready when that day comes!


Link to Kindred’s Pinterest Board: http://www.pinterest.com/kindrednutritio/ 

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Insightful Intern: Week 1 and 2





          Today marks the completion of two week of interning at Kindred Nutrition and I already love it! Although I was nervous on my first day, I had absolutely no reason to be! This is already one of the best and most eye opening experiences in terms of all that I am observing but I still understand that I have a lot left to learn.
          I’m enjoying each and every session that I am shadowing in. So far I have learned so much from the Kindred clients regarding health and wellness. Amy really takes a realistic approach when counseling patients, which is enlightening to see because each plan is very feasible. She is also showing me how to make the plans flexible to work for each patient’s unique schedule.
          Probably one of my favorite experiences so far was on my first day when I got to witness my first RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate) test being given in person. This test measures the amount of calories a person burns while literally doing no activity. This is something that I have been learning about and calculating in many of my dietetic classes so it was great to see something that I have been studying, actually put into motion.
         While I am still not sure what I specifically want to focus on when I become a dietitian, these last 2 weeks I have really been centering on eating disorders. I am trying to learn as much about them as I can because although Kindred focuses a lot on disordered eating, I don’t have much experience in the field yet. So like a sponge, I’ve been trying to absorb as much as I can from the opportunities I am given.

Two exciting weeks down and many more to come!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Spotlight: Introducing New Kindred Nutrition Intern



            Hi all! I’m Carly Francis and I am the new intern at Kindred Nutrition for the summer. I am thrilled to be chosen for this experience and can’t wait to get started! A little about myself: I am going into my senior year at Florida State University as a Dietetic major. When I’m not pouring over books at the library, you can find me running outside, trying out new Pinterest recipes or enjoying downtime with my favorite TV show “The Office”. I am new to blogging though so bear with me!
             I became interested in nutrition after I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 9 so when it was time to pick a college major and career path, I had no doubt in my mind that I wanted to be a Dietitian! My goal is to help someone one day as much as Dietitians have helped me along the way.
            I interned last summer at the Frederick Memorial Hospital Wellness Center and found that I gained so much knowledge and experience that they don’t teach you in the classroom. I am hoping this summer I can gain more hands-on experience at Kindred while learning as much from Amy as possible. I am also hoping to leave here with a better perspective on the day- to- day life of a dietitian and everything that goes with it.
            I am looking forward to the next few weeks with getting more comfortable in the office and I can’t wait to see what is to come over the course of my time here at Kindred. Stay tuned for my summer blog, The Insightful Intern!



Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Spotlight: Kindred Nutrition among leading sites for holistic nutrition consulting

A very heartfelt thank you to Susan Davis, Editor @Holistic Degree for letting us know that Kindred Nutrition's Ask Amy blog spot is rated as a leading site for holistic nutrition consulting and therapy.  Be sure to check out our blog and others here.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Food Trends: Do I need a Calcium Supplement?

Check out Carmen's blog posted on health central 4/7/2014.


  • This is a question that my clients, particularly women, ask me on a regular basis.  Calcium and vitamin D deficiencies have been hot topics for a number of years.  Here are the facts that can help you determine if you need a supplement.

    Why are calcium and vitamin D important?

    Most of the body’s calcium is stored in your bones.  In your body, calcium is needed for muscle contraction, blood clotting, maintenance of cell membranes, enzyme and hormone function, and central nervous function. When you don’t consume enough calcium, your body pulls this needed calcium from your bones. Over time, this can lead to hollowing of the bones, otherwise known as osteoporosis. This causes weak bones, which can lead to fractures, particularly of the hip, wrist, and spine. Vitamin D helps you to better absorb calcium and store it in your bones.

    How much calcium do I need?

    Unfortunately, after the age of 30, your bones decrease in density and become more fragile if you aren’t getting enough calcium.
    • Adults under 50 years of age need at least 1,000 mg of calcium each day. 
    • That number increases to 1200 mg per day for women over 50. 
    • Once you reach the age of 70, both men and women need at least 1,200 mg per day to maintain bone strength.
    Can’t I just get calcium from the foods I eat?

    Calcium is best absorbed from the foods that we eat. So if you can meet your calcium needs through diet, you won’t need a supplement. The best sources of calcium are dairy products, including milk, cheese, and yogurt.  One cup of milk contains about 300 mg of calcium. Vegetables such as kale and broccoli are good sources of calcium, and fish with soft, edible bones (like sardines and salmon) also contain calcium. Many products such as bread, cereal, pasta, and juices are now fortified with calcium.  Milk substitutes, including almond and soy milk, contain even more calcium than a glass of cow’s milk.

    How do I get vitamin D?

    Vitamin D is a hormone that is produced when the cholesterol in your skin is exposed to sunlight, which converts it to vitamin D. Many people have become vitamin D deficient as a result of limiting sun exposure and working indoors.  Sensible sun exposure of the arms and legs (10-15 minutes a few times each week) is one of the best ways to get your needed vitamin D. 

    The current recommendation for adults is at least 600 IUs each day, and recent studies suggest that we may need even more. If you are looking to get vitamin D from your diet, dairy products are fortified with vitamin D.  Fatty fish, egg yolk, butter, margarine, beef liver, and fortified cereals are also good sources of vitamin D.

    I think I need a calcium supplement.  Which ones are best?

    When you look at the label of a calcium supplement, you need to look at the amount of “elemental calcium” (not the total calcium).  Elemental calcium is the amount of calcium that your body can absorb. The most recommended calcium supplements are calcium carbonate and calcium citrate. Calcium citrate appears to be better absorbed, since it doesn’t need as much stomach acid for absorption; however, calcium carbonate is well-absorbed when taken with food.

  • Talk to your physician before starting any vitamin or mineral supplement, since calcium and vitamin D supplements can interfere with some medications.  There are common some side effects of taking a calcium supplement, including bloating, gas, and constipation. Very high doses of calcium can cause more serious effects such as kidney stones, so be sure to talk to your physician about the appropriate amount of supplement needed. A registered dietitian can help you evaluate your current diet to determine if you are meeting your needs and can show you ways to safely increase sources of vitamin D and calcium in your diet.
  • - See more at: http://www.healthcentral.com/diet-exercise/c/20422/168523/calcium-supplement/#sthash.EPwd86fm.dpuf

    Friday, April 4, 2014

    Spotlight: Get Cooking Class starting week of 5/5/2014

    Kindred Nutrition is so happy to announce our Get Cooking! Seminar will start the week of 5/5/14.

    The classes will be in our waiting room at 700 Monclaire Avenue, Suite C, Frederick MD 21701

    The seminar consists of 4, 1hour weekly classes.

    Cost is $165.00 for the series  or   $65.00/class

    Topics included:

    Class 1:    Preparation and Planning
           - How to "prepare" 5 meals in one hour.  During this class our registered dietitian will go over a 5 day meal plan, provide a grocery list, and put all 5 meals together so they will be ready to freeze or cook.  Recipes will be provided and all meals will have been pre- prepared  and offered for a taste test.

    Class 2:    Savvy Sides
           - This class will focus on different sides that can be incorporated into dishes.  We will focus on fresh, frozen and some canned goods that will accompany and round up any meal.  An emphasis will also be made to increase fruit and vegetable consumption. Recipes and grocery lists will be provided. All sides will be pre-prepared and offered for a taste test.

    Class 3:  Recipe Substitution and Modification
           - This class will demonstrate how to modify common recipes and make them healthier.  Recipes and grocery lists will be provided.  All recipes will be pre-prepared and offered for a taste test.

    Class 4:  Breakfast Basics
           -Now that you have some ideas about meal planning and dinners let's focus on how to get a healthy breakfast into the mix.  We will focus on breakfast recipes that can provide the energy you need to start the day.  All recipes will be pre-prepared and offered for a taste test.


    To register call 301-580-0008 or email agoldsmith@kindrednutrition.com.

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