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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Spotlight: Meet our New Dietitian Denise Garofalo RD,LDN





Denise Garofalo, RD/N, Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist has been actively involved in her profession of Nutrition and Dietetics since 1976. Denise was Director of Nutrition at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Psychiatric Division, where she acquired skills and knowledge for the complex treatment of eating disorders. Simultaneously, Denise pioneered the concept of Nutritionists in private practice in Westchester County, NY. As an expert in food and nutrition, Denise entertained many a crowd with her public speaking engagements and food demonstrations and ran her own health and nutrition series on cable TV. Denise’s extensive counseling experience spans the life cycle. Working with all age groups from nutrition in pregnancy to geriatric nutrition in health and disease, Denise offers a common sense approach to healthy eating and modifying eating behaviors. As a steward for the UConn Clean Waters program and avid organic vegetable gardener, Denise influenced many to protect precious land for agriculture and water for drinking. Denise prides herself in excellent home cooking and can whip up a recipe that’s best for you. Currently, Denise represents nutrition as a team member at the Medstar Washington Hospital Center Transplant Institute.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Spotlight: New Products and Services

At Kindred Nutrition, I am always looking at ways to accommodate our community.  After weeks of planning I am very excited to announce the following added value services:

YOGA continues @ our office
  • Tuesdays 7-8:15 PM - Yoga for Beginners with Sally Jones-Rooy
  • Thursdays 6:30-7:45 PM Vinyasa for Beginners by Vicky Kadan and Venus Elliott
We will be adding the following classes as follows:
  • Monday 10-11am - Gentle Yoga rotating with Vicky Kadan and Sally Jones-Rooy
  • Friday 10-10:30- Meditation class with Vicky Kadan

Call 301-580-0008 or sign up here for more info (click on yoga, Amy Goldsmith, time)
New fees are as follows: $15/drop in, $50 for a 4 block, $75/month unlimited yoga. You will receive a color coded punch card for blocks and unlimited.

Addition of new dietitian and nutrition appointments added:

  • Starting in November Kindred Nutrition welcomes Denise Garofalo, RD LDN to our team. She comes with field expertise in the nutrition field. Stay tuned for her bio.
  • Denise will be adding evening hours starting 11/12/14 3-6PM and Saturday hours 9am-12.  Call 301-580-0008 to schedule or schedule here (click on Denise, Initial Assessment, time)

Collaboration with Children First Pediatrics
  • Starting Friday 11/7/2014 Amy Goldsmith will be seeing clients @ Children First Pediatrics 2401 Research Blvd, Suite #370, Rockville, MD 20850.  This allows for more convenience to the Montgomery County community.  Please call 301-580-0008 to schedule or if you are a current patient the office can get you an initial assessment starting today by calling their office.

Collaboration with Anytime Fitness
  • Kindred and Anytime Fitness are excited to provide a UNIQUE experience with Anytime Fitness.  Starting 12/3/14 Kindred will host a cooking class 5:30-6:30 PM @ our office. We will show you how to plan, cook, and taste a sample day of nutrition. "See it, Taste it, Do it"
  • Look for Amy @ the gym starting December 15th.  "Ask Amy" any of your nutrition questions. I'll be there from 9-11 am.
First Series of Cooking Classes 
  • Monday November 10th starts our Better Living Cooking Classes.  First up: Holiday Favorites. Class is 6:30-7:30 PM. Cost is $25/person
  • Stay tuned for info on next class December 15th - same time, same place.
I hope you are as excited about all the added value services as we are.  Call today to schedule or ask any questions 301-580-0008.  Be Healthy!




Thursday, September 25, 2014

We are moving: New classes and services




Kindred Nutrition is growing and with growth we are moving across the hall.  Our street address remains the same but we will be in Suite A starting Wednesday 10/1/2014.

The most exciting thing is our new space will include a working kitchen, a pantry for makeovers, and a yoga studio.  

Kindred is adding many things to our products and services:

-Cooking classes for adults
-Cooking classes for children
-Individual meal planning and production
-Family meal participation and processing (for Eating Disorder Clients)

Stay tuned for class descriptions and sign ups.

YOGA

Kindred Nutrition has been a proponent of the integration of yoga for the last 2 years and we are proud to announce our partnership with The Yoga House.  The Yoga House team will be collaborating with Kindred Nutrition to focus on breath and meditation, strength, and body awareness, important foundations to health.  Classes begin10/7/2014 and are open now.  Weekly classes will be Tuesdays 7P-8P, Thursdays 6:30P-7:30 P, and Saturdays 8A-9A.  

Classes are filling up! So don't delay!

Call 301-580-0008 now or sign up here

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Insightful Intern: The Final Week!


        I can’t believe my time at Kindred as the Insightful Intern is over! This summer has gone by ridiculously fast when surprisingly, I wanted it to slow down. Although I am excited to finally be getting back to school, I’m sad to have to leave Kindred behind. 

        At the beginning of this summer, I had no idea what to expect. I found out last minute that I was coming home for the summer. When I returned home, I realized that I had nothing planned for the next 3 months. So after that rather frantic realization, I decided to email Amy about the possibility of interning at Kindred Nutrition. I am so thankful that she decided to give me a chance and that she didn’t mind me following her around all summer!

        Interning has completely changed my outlook on the dietetics field. I’ve said it before but learning in the classroom can only get you so far. I’ve learned so much this summer from Amy and all the Kindred clients.

- I’ve learned about owning your own practice and all the time and effort that it takes.

- I’ve learned how to give a realistic meal plan and how to customize it for every client.

- I learned about insurance and blood tests.

- I’ve learned about Eating Disorders, Celiac’s Disease, Thyroid conditions and food intolerances. I now understand the right nutritional therapy to treat all of these and many more.

But most importantly, I learned that I am 100% sure that I want to be a Registered Dietitian. With every appointment I shadowed in and every client I spoke to, I can see myself doing this in two years.

        My next step is finishing out my senior year strong and applying to an official Dietetic Internship for the following year. I know that all the skills that I have collected at Kindred will carry me through to where I want to be. This is definitely not my last time at Kindred though, and I look forward to coming back and seeing everyone again soon!

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Insightful Intern: Week 6


       These last 6 weeks have gone by incredibly fast and now there is only 1 week remaining. When I start to think of myself being in Amy’s shoes in 2 years it’s just the motivation I need to finish up my senior year. This internship has been like looking into my future and now I just need to push through one year of school and one year of an official internship to get where I want to be.

       I think what I am looking forward to most about being a dietitian, besides finally being done with classes, is having my own clients. I’ve seen a lot of Amy’s clients multiple times and it just hit me that I won’t continue to work with them or monitor their progress after next week. When you see people once a week for the entire summer, you definitely build a relationship and want to see them succeed. Dietetics is not a job that you leave at the office. I’ve found myself brainstorming about struggling clients at home and rooting for their success through every obstacle. Now it’s like beginning to read a book, but not being able to know the end. In a few years, when I have my own clients, I will be able to see them from start to finish and all that is in between. I will be able to witness my very own success stories just like I’ve seen at Kindred.

       Receiving a dietetics degree is definitely not an easy task. Although I still have my last and most challenging year ahead of me, I now believe that I have all the tools that will help get me to graduation and hopefully onto my next step of attaining a position for my official dietetics internship. Just one more week at Kindred and then its back to Florida State for me!

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/ 

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