Kindred Nutrition

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Introducing our New Insightful Intern: Meet Mikaela Schmeider

Hello, my name is Mikaela and I am a dietetic intern here at Kindred Nutrition. I am originally from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania and currently a senior at Pennsylvania State University. My major is Nutritional Science with a dietetics option. Nutrition always fascinated me growing up because I loved the way food resembled medicine. Anytime I appeared sick or gloomy, modifying what I ate would make me feel optimal. It can be rough finding fresh food anywhere winter exists. When it isn’t miserably cold outside, I spend my time gardening. Sometimes I find myself looking like an animal that just came out from hibernation searching for fresh food. It’s the little things that make me happy. Aside from gardening  one of my favorite things to do is to cook. When I’m finished with school for the year, I spend my summers experimenting with  alternative foods. I know a lot of people who are vegetarian, vegan, have food allergies or even gastrointestinal disorders who struggle finding food that doesn’t taste like pencil shavings. I know some people may like the taste of pencil shavings, but I love giving advice to the people who don’t. Changing a diet isn’t a quick fix, it’s a lifestyle change.

Although I never want to leave college, I know that the time has to come. After graduating, my goal is to obtain a dietetic internship to become a Registered Dietitian. I would love to someday work in an outpatient setting. Before coming to Kindred Nutrition, I had some doubts about being a Registered Dietitian, but this experience has shown me how exhilarating it can be to change a person’s life. The outpatient setting is something I enjoy because I love the relationships built between the client/patient and the professional. It would be an honor to be a person’s support system through the problems they face. Although I’m not quite sure what to specialize in, I am very grateful for the experiences here at Kindred Nutrition. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Spotlight: Client Success

I see about 30 clients a week and sometimes a client comes in and grabs a hold of me right from the first moment I speak to them. I spoke to this client at an event I presented to at the beginning of the year. Right away I was intrigued with the story. Can you imagine having a goal to get to Boston, and being 1 minute away from qualifying?  Now imagine running through intense pain and more for 8 years!

When the client came into my office we spent a good hour talking about all the poking and prodding from specialists as well as recommendations for supplementation but also focused on timing, duration, and type of symptoms.  Take that and add discussions about intensity and duration of training and I finally came up with recommendations on how to nourish the body appropriately by restricting the foods that were causing major distress and getting the right amount of macronutrients needed to train for endurance.   The perfect recipe for a dietitian's recommendations. Fast forward to yesterday when I get an email like this.  There is nothing more rewarding!.  This client is on the way to Boston soon! Symptom free and strong as ever!  Read away:

Hi Amy--
I just wanted to touch base with you as an update to our appointment.  I started the Culturelle the day I saw you and after 2-3 days of world war 3 in my stomach there was a huge difference.  As you recommended, I have been following the celiac diet and keeping the high FODMAPS out of the diet -including the HFCS-  and am being much much more careful/strict with the gluten/hidden ingredients. I am doing all of the cooking myself so I know whats in stuff which has been easier to help me wrap my head around this change.  I can not even begin to put the difference into words--completely night and day with the difference.  Day-to-day I feel like a new person, am happier --bc not in constant pain etc-- and am even sleeping better.   A big thing to is that I am not afraid to eat anymore- as long as I am watching ingredients etc I can actually enjoy food again and properly fuel myself for runs etc.  And I even lost over a pants size after 2-3 days from all of the inflammation etc.  I have had no stomach issues--and no pain and no blood--, in general or during any runs (easy, long or even speed workouts).  The first run once things had calmed down completely blew my mind--I didn't need to think or worry about my stomach or other issues, I didn't even know it was there (sounds weird but I have been so aware of it and its issues for so long)--I didn't know what to think.  I have done 2 longs since the diet changes--one 22 miler and one 24 miler.  I had a banana with peter pan peanut butter before the long runs and during the run did water and GU brand gels.  After the run I did the rice milk, banana, PB shake (so good!) and have actually been using this for breakfast somedays during the week after my runs. Sometimes even put in a little bit of cocoa powder to change it up a bit.  No problems--I finally had that feeling that I could just keep running forever was back and am running stronger and faster because I wasn't dealing with any issues.  Now I am telling myself that after running through that for 8 years, I have no excuse not to push through a little fatigue:-)  
I have even noticed that the weird muscle trigger cramps that never seemed to let go are gone.  I still have tightness/knots but a few minutes with the foam roller and they are resolved vs an hour/day using the foam roller with no improvements on tightness/knots.  
Since things have calmed down, I have not been taking any of the vitamin supplements that I had been previously (including the VitronC) and I don't feel like I need them. I feel good, have energy, am not fatigued etc.  I will keep with the Daily MultiVitamin just to cover the bases, but can save some money without all of the others:-)   
I can not thank you enough!!!!  After 8 years of no answers and lots of frustration from being made to think that I was making all of this up, you figured it out in only a few minutes.   Good thing for Julie and RunFest or I would never have met you.  Thank you!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Food Trends: New Year; New Gimmicks?

With every new year comes new gimmicks. Um, I mean diets or food trends. Yes that's what we'll call it.  I'm going to be honest with you, the New Year kind of drives me nuts. It's not that I don't appreciate a resolution or a desire to change, it's that I don't get why it can only happen in January and why it has to be something totally unconventional. There's no need for me to point out specifics or name call here but let's discuss a couple of things just to give you food for thought.

What miraculous ingredients does a shake have that helps you burn fat, build more muscle, or replace an actual complete meal?  Doesn't it get you a little angry that the people marketing this product assume you trust everything printed on a label and then have the nerve to sell you the product for a ridiculous amount of money?  How can a powder, which is degraded protein, be more wholesome than the real thing and why on earth does this single product have more protein than you require in a single meal? Eating more protein than you need, just like any other macronutrient, increases fat storage.

How about the "ho hum" diet.  "Eliminate this completely and your body will no longer suffer from inflammation."  How do we test for inflammation? Don't you worry you can do an online assessment and we can just tell based on your answers.  Never mind that one of the main food groups we are eliminating helps prevent against osteoporosis and vitamin deficiencies.

Or how about forcing yourself to fast for a day or 2. Don't worry, you are training your body to utilize it's fat stores more efficiently.  It doesn't matter a single bit what you eat when off the fast because your body will learn now to muddle through and bam your metabolism will be so efficient.

I am not against believing in something. In fact, believing in something and surrounding yourself with like people helps with accountability and success, but it's exhausting to see how the media and billion dollar companies are manipulating people.

The fact is there isn't a food or shake out there that can tell your body to digest or absorb it differently.  If you fast your body will be forced to go into anabolism. Your body will store your next meal and your metabolism will suffer greatly. Give it some time.

I've gotten used to this cycle so I'll just ignore the commercials and all the ads on the internet while I gear up up for May, Kindred's biggest month. The month when everyone comes to me for their second resolution.  I will welcome all my new clients with great empathy after they tell me their story and talk about how much they've drained their bank account.  We'll start a new plan and it will focus on whole foods, science, & feasibility. We'll work together until he or she is confident to stand alone and when we see each other in public, we will politely smile ear to ear because of the new truth and understanding of how much your life can change in a realistic, more affordable way.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Spotlight: Feeling Lean in 2015 Contest - Change your life & win $500!

Kindred Nutrition Presents ....

                     Feelin’ Lean in 2015
      12 Week Challenge $500 Cash Prize!!

  • Resting Metabolic Rate Test and reading ($90 value)
  • Weekly individual follow up based on intake Weekly weigh ins
  • Weekly results and placing
  • Weekly motivation
  • 20% off all Kindred Nutrition products until May 1st

***Dates: Monday January 12 - Monday April 6***

Entry fee: $50 monthly auto enrollment through March ($150 total)
Valued at $290!

Call or email today to start feeling lean in 2015! 
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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.


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


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