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Dietitians of the Week
Check our Facebook page every weekday for our RD of the Day, as we put a much-deserved spotlight on a dietitian who's either making headlines or writing them and delivering their expertise through the media. Here are this week's featured RDs.

LeeAnn Weintraub, MPH, RD Twitter
Happy May! With spring now in full bloom across much of the nation, our Monday RD of the Day reminds us: "With temperatures soaring and plenty of outdoor activities filling up your calendar, it's time to rethink your hydration plan."

In her article for the Los Angeles Daily News," LeeAnn Weintraub, MPH, RD, - Nutrition Counseling and Consulting, puts an emphasis on our body's need for water, especially in warmer weather like they have in her home base of southern California.

"Drinking adequate fluids is an essential part of staying cool and chronic dehydration can cause a wide range of unpleasant symptoms and health problems," says the longtime renal dietitian now in private practice. "Correct balance of fluids and electrolytes is a basic requirement for proper bodily functioning. When fluid volume goes down there can be various unintentional consequences."

Setting the stage well, LeeAnn then provides readers with symptoms of chronic dehydration. After defining each and how they relate to lack of fluids, she concludes with some specific advice.

"The amount of fluid you need each day depends on different factors like your size, activity level and even the climate. On average, most adults require about two liters of fluids per day," she explains. "A proactive approach is key to staying hydrated this time of year and curbing the symptoms of dehydration."

For emphasizing the importance of hydration as temperatures rise, LeeAnn was Monday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: How to identify chronic dehydration when the weather heats up

Christy Brissette, MS, RD Facebook Twitter
We love choosing RDs of the Day for their courage, honesty and, in the case of Tuesday's choice, humility. In her incredibly candid article in the Washington Post, Christy Brissette goes full mea culpa in "I'm a professional dietitian. I still fell victim to the allure of the wedding diet."

Christy's story is pretty typical, but she bravely calls herself out for being an RD and still trying things she wouldn't recommend. Her fiancée, also stressing about looking wedding-ready, started a low-carb diet to lose weight and asked Christy to not eat her usual high-carb food (she's plant-based) in front of him. She decided, against her usual mindset, to join him.

"I though it would be a good nutrition experiment for me to write about and share with clients," explained the owner of 80 Twenty Nutrition - Healthy Eating Made Simple. "I have to admit, my more overpowering motivation was the hope that I might slim down a bit. The idea of quick and dramatic results was incredibly alluring."

She then chronicles her experience, sharing the personal journey and the professional view of it. In the end, Tuesday's RD of the Day came back to what she already knew.

"There are many different ways to lose weight, but experience has shown me time and time again that chasing quick results means plenty of weight regain later on," Christy says. "We also know that losing and regaining weight frequently can be tough on your heart. How ironic that weddings, the official ceremony of love, should be inspiring us to do anything that might hurt our hearts. On every level that's just wrong."

Join us in wishing Christy and her fiancée the best of luck on their upcoming wedding and marriage.

Read the article: I’m a professional dietitian. I still fell victim to the allure of the wedding diet.

Paula Jeanne Serafino-Cross, MS, RD, LDN  
Dietitians know the reasons why it gets harder to lose weight as one ages. Wednesday's RD of the Day addresses the older generation in her "50's and Fabulous" segment for Western Mass News.

For women 50 and over who struggle with weight loss, the answer is simple: stop eating so much, says Paula Jeanne Serafino-Cross MS, RD, LDN.

"I think sometimes we just don't realize that our calorie needs are lower and we have to adjust downward," Serafino-Cross, says. "We might be eating healthfully but we might be taking in more calories than our bodies need."

The RD for Baystate Health in Springfield, MA also says to beware of caloric intake as as the aging process happens because calorie intake is slowing down. According to Serafino-Cross there is no magic pill. Forget the trends and watch your portion size.

"Take your plate and divide it in half, make half of your plate veggies, a quarter protein, lean chicken, fish, and then a quarter can be the carbohydrate or starch," Serafino-Cross explains.

For her focus on the 50+ generation, and highlighting portion size as key to them losing weight, Paula was our Wednesday RD of the Day.

Read the article: Portion size is the key losing weight, dietitian explains

Jillian Tuchman, MS, RD Facebook Twitter
Research shows that many American adults are not getting enough magnesium. Thursday's RD of the Day says in her article for Clean Plates that, if you suffer from migraines, muscle cramps, brain fog, unusually intense chocolate cravings, numbness and tingling, or ankle swelling, you may be one of them.

In the piece published in the Healthy Living section of the HuffPost, Jillian Tuchman, MS, RD, calls magnesium "the unsung hero of minerals".

"It's required in literally thousands of biochemical processes, from muscle activation and nerve function to protein digestion, metabolism, bone health and blood pressure regulation," the New York-based RD explains.

The Director of Nutrition for ALOHA then provides a list of food sources that are rich in magnesium. She then answers the question "Should I supplement?"

Even if we're eating a "perfect" diet, Jillian says, our bodies are still not getting what they need. "Supplements can help. There are a few different types." She then explains what she recommends to her patients as an RD.

For shining a light on this underappreciated mineral, Jillian was Thursday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: Is Your Chocolate Craving A Sign You're Magnesium Deficient?

Kelly Devine Rickert, RDN, LDN Facebook Twitter
This article in the NWI Times (IN) asks the question "Do vegetarian children get enough nutrients?" Today's RD of the Day weighs in.

"There are so many natural and man-made products out at the market now that consuming a meat-free diet can be relatively easy with some additional planning," said Kelly Devine Rickert, a registered dietitian at Franciscan Health.

In addition to the expert advice Kelly provides, the article also includes input from parents raising vegetarian and vegan kids.

Kelly points out that children who choose to go meat-free and their parents must be cognizant to replace nutrients that animal proteins provide omnivores.

"With some plant-based foods, they may not always contain all the essential amino acids so you need to combine some plant-based foods together to make a more complete protein. Think beans and rice," Kelly says, adding that plant-based foods like oy, quinoa, chia, hemp and amaranth are complete proteins. "Keep in mind if a vegetarian eats dairy and eggs then they are consuming enough complete proteins throughout the day."

Kelly says that iron, vitamin D and B12 can be common nutrients that vegetarian kids can be deficient in and offers suggestions to combat that. Ultimately, it's all manageable with good planning and getting the kids involved in it.

"Grocery shopping and planning out a weekly menu can ensure that children are getting a wide variety of nutrients needed for growth and energy," says our Friday RD of the Day.

Read the article: Do vegetarian children get enough nutrients? Expert weighs in