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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Food Trends: Super Foods- How Super are They?

This article came to my email the other day and although it is short, I thought it was great. Often when cruising the internet, I read about the newest Super Foods and their claims. Sometimes they hold a little truth, and often times they promise the world with little collaborative thought.  What I liked most about this publishing was this quote: "But for virtually every "health food," there are potential problems along with more commonly extolled virtues."

We live in a busy society. Most of us have jobs that exceed 8 hours a day or involve incredible commutes. We have children, school, continuing education courses, the stress of taking care of sick family members, the priority to exercise and the time it takes to do it and more. We all, including me, want to believe that something will make life easier especially when it comes to health. This desire for ease, however, makes us become easy prey to incredible claims.

Often when a company is promoting a "miracle" product there is no further detail to help someone figure out how to introduce this Super Food to their diet or more importantly to assess if it's needed or if there are any contraindications. This article proves that often times a Super Food could have negative effects even if you are 100% healthy.

Some food for thought:

Nuts are often claimed to be a Super Food. My Endocrine clients particularly those suffering from hypothyroid or thyroiditis are often prescribed 200 mcg of selenium/day by their Endocrinologist. Depending on the time the doctor has with their patient, assessment of dietary intake may not be completed. This article talks about an upper tolerable intake of 400 mcg which you would go over if you ate 5 Brazil nuts. Symptoms of toxicity can lead to fingernail brittleness, hair loss, intestinal disturbances, skin rash, fatigue, irritability, and nervous system problems. These sound quite similar to the symptoms of hypothyroid don't they?

How about green tea? The polyphenols in Green Tea can actually reduce the absorption of iron, a potentially dangerous combination for anyone suffering from Iron Deficiency Anemia.

Until the internet is monitored and regulated for it's miraculous claims it pays to work with an accredited Specialist like a dietitian to discuss the addition or subtraction of any Super Food. This is especially true for anyone suffering from an autoimmune disorder or specific diagnosis.  Have questions? We'd love to hear from you in the comment section or drop us a line @ agoldsmith@kindrednutrition.com

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In Great Health, Amy

Friday, January 15, 2016

Nutrition Tips: The Importance of Vitamin D

Kindred Nutrition is so excited that Dawn Frick RD, LDN joined us in the Fall of 2015.  Our clients just love her and our thriving! Dawn's specialties include Gastrointestinal Health, Weight Management, Picky Eating and more.  Dawn really enjoys assessing our clients' essential vitamins, minerals, and gut health and practices what she preaches. Starting today Dawn will be tag teaming with me, Amy to bring you more of the blogs you love and request. Have ideas or questions you want answered? Comment here and we'll put it in the queue for the coming months! As always, we hope you enjoy our blog!


Just heard the weather forecast for tomorrow – a high of 22° F with30 mph winds.  Winter is definitely here.  I spent this weekend making sure our family is geared up to stay warm and healthy these next few months:  Hats? Check.  Gloves?  Check.  Boots?  Check. Vitamin D?
Well, that’s a work in progress for all of us.

            With many of our winter days spent inside hiding from Mother Nature’s wrath, we lose opportunities to get adequate vitamin D from the sun.  And we definitely need this important nutrient – and not just in the summer.  Vitamin D is responsible for keeping our bones and teeth strong by aiding in absorbing calcium.  Our muscles and nervous system need vitamin D to function properly.  While our immune system is working overtime to keep us healthy, vitamin D is a critical component in fighting off viruses and bacteria.  There’s been a lot of recent research indicating a link between autoimmune disease (such as rheumatoid arthritis or multiple sclerosis) and vitamin D insufficiency.  Also, I recently read a very interesting study that showed there may a relationship between vitamin D and IBS – particularly for those with IBS-D (diarrhea dominant).
         When we aren’t getting enough of this “sunshine vitamin” because it’s Antartica-cold outside, we need to look at our diet.  Some foods have been supplemented with vitamin D such as cereals, milk, or orange juice.  Other foods such as egg yolk and salmon contain vitamin D naturally.  When you visit your primary care physician, ask to have a vitamin D check during your next round of lab work.  If your results are low, schedule an appointment with one of us to discuss diet changes and possible supplements to bring your levels to the normal range. 

In Good Health, Dawn

Monday, November 30, 2015

Spotlight: The Time is Now




Tis' the season! Welcome to the Holidays. I believe it's safe to say it's some (most) of my client's hardest time of the year. Each year at Kindred Nutrition we talk about recipe modifications, goals for weight maintenance or loss, and how to just enjoy the holidays without feeling pressured to eat, drink, and be merry every.single.day. The most puzzling thing to me though, is that we move through these motions pushing off our goals to get fit or start a plan until the New Year. I think about this often and have come up with possible reasons why people tend to push this goal off.

1) Change is SCARY. Adults especially are set in their ways. It's scary to potentially change the way you buy your food, cook your food, and eat it. It's especially scary when you have a million other priorities you need to focus on such as work, kids, Holiday Shopping & Entertaining. I can't imagine starting something so different during this time either.

2) It's EXPENSIVE.  If you are paying out of pocket, nutrition counseling can be expensive. Did you know most insurances cover nutrition counseling? How about your flexible or healthcare spending accounts? They cover it too. Is the expense worth it? That's up to you, how many times do you eat out in a week. What is your discretionary spending? Can you flip priorities for a short period of time?

3) I might FAIL. What is failure? I don't believe anyone who comes to see me is a failure. A wise person once said failures are part of life, if you don't fail, you don't learn. If you don't learn you'll never change (unknown). Are you guilty of setting up rules that define failure and create fear?

4) It might not WORK.  You are right. It might not work.  That's why you should go to a specialist.  You can buy all the shakes, special measurement doohickeys, scales or more. At the end of the day it may not work for you.  A specialist is trained to assess your lifestyle, activity, likes/dislikes and more. If recommendations are made that can't come into fruition outside of the office, plans are tweaked. A specialist then focuses on motivation, how to hold you accountable, and when to integrate alternative therapies to solve a mystery and get to the end goal.

The time is now folks and a registered dietitian is the way to go. A trained professional who is good at their job will only recommend changes that are realistic. Realistic goals equal compliance. Compliance equals success.  There are many ways you can get assistance with expenses for nutrition counseling. If the group you want to work with does not take your insurance, ask for a Superbill so you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.  There is no such thing as failure, stop making that an excuse and if at first you don't succeed, try again. If you are interested in learning more check us out at www.kindrednutrition.com.  We are taking on new clients daily and would love to have you join our Kindred Community! I'm looking forward to hearing from you soon. Take this as your "sign." 

In Good Health,

Amy

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Nutrition Tips: November #kindrednutritiontip of the day




Every year the holidays seem to creep up sooner than last. This is the most difficult time for the majority of new clients, some current clients, and many soon to be clients.  The combination of surplus candy, parties surrounded by food, and just the general expectations of the holidays can cause chaos which ultimately shifts our priorities.

I invite you to join my social media outlets. Follow us every day starting in November as I will have a #kindrednutritiontip of the day. Tips will include motivation for exercise, food prep, nutrition, recipes and more.  My hope is that you can take some of the tips and make them work for your family to give you more balance and ultimately help make health, nutrition, and fitness a priority.  I can't wait! There will be great tidbits for you to try.

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Cheers to good health, Amy

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Spotlight- Maryland takes a stand to curb dietetic practice or nutrition advice by those not credentialed to do so

Hi folks! It has been a while. We have been very busy at Kindred Nutrition which is always a GREAT thing.  This fall we have added a new dietitian, Dawn Frick RD,LDN, who will be working with our Healthy Gut, Picky Eating, Diabetes, and Weight Management clients.  Stay tuned as we launch 4 new programs very soon.  In the meantime I just wanted to include some regulations that were signed in 2014 regarding the unauthorized practice of dietetics in Maryland.  The moral of the story is don't get nutrition advice from anyone who does not have the education or licensure to do so. Is Nutrition advice on shakes and fruit pills including in this? Yes! Wondering what dietetics or nutrition means? The definition is below the bill information.  We at Kindred Nutrition take our education, licensure, registration and practice seriously and want to make sure you do too!                          

Bill Authorizing Cease and Desist Orders, Injunctive Relief, and Civil Penalties for Unauthorized Practice Signed By Governor on April 14, 2014

Senate Bill 379 – State Acupuncture Board and State Board of Dietetic Practice – Action and Penalties for Violations of Practice Acts and Supervisory Authority of Acupuncturists, Chapter 160 (2014) was signed by Governor Martin O’Malley on April 14, 2014. The legislation authorizes the Board to issue Cease and Desist Orders, obtain injunctive relief, and collect civil penalties for the unauthorized practice of dietetics in Maryland. The legislation is effective October 1, 2014.

House Bill 304 and Senate Bill 379

State Acupuncture Board and State Board of Dietetic Practice – Action and Penalties for Violations of Practice Acts, have been introduced during the 2014 Session of the Maryland General Assembly. These bills would authorize the Board to issue cease and desist letters for unauthorized practice and misrepresentation as a licensee and to assess a maximum civil fine of $50,000 for unauthorized practice. You may track these bills via the Maryland General Assembly’s website at:www.mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga.
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Definition of DIETETICS

:  the science or art of applying the principles of nutrition to the diet                                                  

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!

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