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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.


Kelly Gill, RDN Facebook Twitter
Monday’s RD of the Day may have the secret that's eluded man and woman alike for centuries. Or, perhaps more likely, she's just a smart RD with common sense, a background in science, and real knowledge to share.

In her Saturday piece for the Tyler (TX) Morning Telegraph titled "The secret to eating what you want and staying thin", Kelly Gill, RDN, tells the story of how someone asked her how to do that in jest and how it made her think about how it was really possible to eat what you want and stay thin.

"I love this question because, even though it was meant to be satirical, it really speaks to the heart of body-weight issues," the RD and Sports Nutritionist at the Texas Spine & Joint Hospital explains. "The answer to this question has to be changing what you want. I know it doesn’t sound exciting, but the good news is it can be done."

Kelly then details ways to change what you want, starting by assessing one's behaviors around food, as well as attitude toward food and one's body. Like feeling stressed and instead of reaching for the candy dish like you always do, taking a walk instead.

"Once you’ve assessed your own behaviors around food and figured out what those limiting factors or mindless habits are, make a plan to change," Kelly advises, adding that the plan should make sense and be realistic for you, as well as "find a way to tackle those limiting factors, and it should include changing negative self-talk to positive self-talk."

Kelly identifies six components of a plan and offers a great balance of encouragement with cold, hard facts. She also stresses that incremental success leads to real change.

"Once you've mastered one change, add another while keeping the new habit in place. Then you can add another and another. By six to 12 months, you’re taking your thoughts captive, choosing healthier foods and not eating to the point of being uncomfortably full."

For this great advice, encouragement, and professionalism, Kelly was Monday’s RD of the Day.

Read the article: The secret to eating what you want and staying thin


Diana K. Rice, RD Facebook Twitter
Tuesday's RD of the Day was interviewed by the Boston Globe during the national conference about Meatless Mondays. Why Mondays?

"Monday is the day, our research shows, that we all subconsciously have health on the brain," explains Diana K. Rice, RD, of The Monday Campaigns. "We asked people in our national surveys what day are you most likely to start an exercise routine, start a diet, call and schedule a doctor’s appointment, try to quit smoking, and Monday is much higher than any other day."

In this interview for the Globe, Diana goes over the history and benefits of eating meat-free at least once a week.

Diana also discusses "The Meat Free Monday Cookbook: A Full Menu for Every Monday of the Year," edited by Annie Rigg with a forward by Paul, Mary, and Stella McCartney. Sir Paul is a long-time vegetarian and adopted the campaign in his own incarnation called "Meat Free Monday" in the U.K. in 2009.

"It’s really interesting to see the meatless recipes from all the different cultures, because in most cultures, including way-back-when in our culture, they did not have access to meat for breakfast, lunch, and dinner," Diana says. "And that’s part of the problem that we’re now facing with our meat consumption. We’re just consuming more than we’re meant to."

For her work in encouraging healthy eating and an environmentally beneficial practice, Diana was Tuesday’s RD of the Day.

Read the article: Please don’t squeeze the Charmin, or eat meat on Mondays


Amy Patton, RD  
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and RDs who work with cancer patients can really make a difference in the treatment of those patients and in the lives of their family caregivers.

Wednesday's RD of the Day was one of those amazing professionals. Amy Patton, an RD with Option Care in Las Vegas and the only certified specialist in oncology nutrition in Nevada, provides the nutrition expertise in a Las Vegas Review-Journal article titled "Nutritious Diet Can Help Keep Cancer at Bay".

Amy is frequently contracted to consult patients about their diets following a diagnosis and, with breast cancer, "there are a lot of things that are beyond your control. You can’t control your age, you can’t control your family history, you can’t control your genetics … but you can control what you put in your mouth."

After directing patients to online resources for breast cancer-related nutrition information she knows to be reliable, she carefully and tactfully warns them that weight control is paramount because postmenopausal women who are overweight at the time they receive a breast cancer diagnosis are more likely to experience a recurrence of the disease later.

"Even if you’ve been diagnosed, it’s not too late to start eating healthy" by adopting a diet comprised largely of fruits, vegetables and lean proteins, she said. "It’s just a matter of changing up the ratios so the bulk of your food is plant-based."

There are exceptions, Any says, when patients are going through chemotherapy. "If there are days and weeks when you’re not able to eat very much, or vegetables or lean proteins don’t sound appealing and you have to go for something that’s not as traditionally healthy, that’s still sometimes better than not eating anything,” she said.

For this expert insight and for the work she does helping cancer patients, Amy was our RD of the Day on Wednesday.

Read the article: Nutritious Diet Can Help Keep Cancer at Bay


Rachel Beller, MS, RD Facebook Twitter
Thursday’s RD of the Day takes the juicing trend head on with a more filling and more nourishing way to cut calories and lose weight.
Rachel Beller, the Beverly Hills-based RD, has developed the concept of "Power Souping", as soup has similar ingredients with all that the produce in juicing provides, instead just a part of the plant.

Research indicates eating soup decreases calorie consumption by 20 percent and enhances health and satisfaction.

"Letting your body nourish itself while you're eating clean foods — that's the definition of a detox here. More fiber, things that naturally will help clean your system," Beller says.

Her new cookbook has recipes for hot and cold soups. Some are similar to smoothies, like her green pea asparagus parsley de-bloat soup and her a.m. "Apple Teeny." For those wanting to jump start weight loss, she provides a three day plant-based soup cleanse.

Beyond sipping soup, Beller adds extras she calls "toppers."

Free toppers are low-calorie, spicy, flavorful extras, while fat toppers are small doses of good, healthy fat to make you feel full. Power toppers offer your bowl a boost of nutrition like nutritional yeast, herbs and even sauerkraut. Protein toppers include spicy garbanzo beans and surprisingly - watermelon seeds.

For a creative, healthier and more filling alternative to juice cleansing, Rachel was Thursday’s RD of the Day.

Read the article: Power Souping' offers filling alternative to juicing


Janet Helm, MS, RD Facebook Twitter
Our Friday RD of the Day shines by using her high-profile platform to share the spotlight with a fellow RD and writing about a serious subject that we've covered ourselves.

After attending a presentation on the condition where patients turn healthy eating into an unhealthy obsession at the recent national nutrition conference in Boston, Janet Helm, MS, RD, wrote her Eat + Run column for U.S. News & World Report, "How To Tell if You Have Orthorexia".

In addition to providing her own professional insight to the piece, Janet interviews noted RD, eating disorders specialist and body image expert Marci Evans, one of the session's co-panelists.

Evans says that food has become a form of self-expression, and how we eat is now a part of personal identity. People are seeking out like-minded communities to support their ideologies around food.

Janet provides some details about this presentation, which she says "clearly struck a chord with the audience. During the 90-minute panel, the topic was trending on Twitter, and it became one of the most talked about sessions at the conference."

The takeaway statement from the presentation: "It's about good intentions that have gone too far. It's when a desire to eat right totally takes over someone's life — leading to anxiety, guilt, self-judgment and often social isolation."

Janet asks her colleague Evans about the reasons for why are we seeing a rise in orthorexia and how, just because you've decided to become vegan, go paleo, try a detox cleanse or follow a strict eating regimen, doesn't mean you have orthorexia.

Janet's column concludes with a list of questions suggested by Marci to help people ascertain whether their healthy eating has, in fact, become unhealthy.

For putting this important subject — and RD expert — into the spotlight through her column, Janet is Friday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: How To Tell if You Have Orthorexia