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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.

Keri Gans, MS, RDN, CDN Facebook Twitter
Keeping it real. That's what Monday's RD of the Day does when she writes in U.S. News & World Report's Eat + Run "6 Health Resolutions That Are Sure to Backfire."

It's not that well known RD and author Keri Gans, MS, RDN, CDN, is a Debbie Downer type. Her experience as a dietitian, however, provides the context of her piece.

"I believe everyone who makes resolutions has good intentions," Keri starts. "But let's be honest: How are those resolutions coming? If your answer is 'not so well,' I think I know why: The resolution itself was doomed from the beginning." She then details the six resolutions that her experience has shown never, ever work.

In addition to standards like "I'm going on a diet" (which assumes that you'll eventually "go off" that diet), "I'm giving up sugar" and "I'm not going to drink", Keri really tweaks those who say that they will exercise EVERY DAY.

"Let me get this straight: You're currently a couch potato, but you plan to go to the gym every day?" she asks incredulously before bringing some reality back to the picture. "Setting such a big goal is very unrealistic, even for a person who already has an exercise routine. The best approach is starting small."

For keeping it real about those silly New Year's resolutions, and doing it in a humorous, well-written form, Keri was Monday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: 6 Health Resolutions That Are Sure to Backfire

Rachel Meltzer Warren, MS, RDN Facebook Twitter
"Trying to name the healthiest vegetable is like trying to choose a favorite child," writes Tuesday's RD of the Day in Consumer Reports on Health. "They're all wonderful. But..."

Rachel Meltzer Warren, MS, RDN, then informs readers that "cruciferous vegetables do have some healthful compounds not plentiful in other produce."

For readers, the New York-based counselor, educator and author identifies the now ubiquitous kale as such a vegetable, while giving shout outs to less discussed but perhaps more healthful examples like arugula, bok choy, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, and watercress.

Rachel doesn't just use her own expertise as an RD to extol the virtues of cruciferous veggies, but also quotes fellow professional Maxine Siegel, RD, who heads Consumer Reports’ food-testing department.

As RDs will (and should) do, Rachel drops some science on readers to explain what's special about cruciferous vegetables their regular consumption with reductions in the risk for several forms of cancer.

Rachel concludes with some helpful cooking and serving tips for various types.

For highlighting and stressing the importance of these vitamin-rich disease-fighting veggies, Rachel was our Tuesday RD of the Day.

Read the article: Are Cruciferous Vegetables Healthier Than Other Ones?

Brigitte Zeitlin, MPH, RD, CDN Facebook Twitter
RDs know that meal prep is key to regular healthy eating, whether it's been part of your lifestyle for years or a new, more healthful approach to food. Wednesday's RD of the Day puts meal prep in the proper spotlight in her piece for Self.

Providing readers with a full week plan, Brigitte Zeitlin, MPH, RD, CDN, presents "How This RD Meal Preps On The Weekend To Stay Healthy All Week Long".

Brigitte practices what she preaches. "To keep my nutrition game strong, I take one hour every Sunday and prepare these nutrient-dense foods so I'm able to stay on point all week."

Not every tip is for everyone, but the four tips the New York-based counselor and writer have ideas throughout them that can be incorporated into anyone's meal prep planning. Grains, hardboiled eggs, veggies and even some store-bought items are part of her plan.

For stressing the importance of meal prep to sustained healthy eating, and for sharing her personal tips, Brigitte was our Wednesday RD of the Day.

Read the article: How This RD Meal Preps On The Weekend To Stay Healthy All Week Long

Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD, RYT Facebook Twitter
Ah, trends. Paying attention to what we drink has become much more top-of-mind to those looking to live healthier and manage their weight. As a result, some beverages have emerged making health claims. Thursday's RD of the Day examines the claims of several "functional beverages" and draws some scientific conclusions about each.

On the Food Network's Healthy Eats blog, Alexandra Caspero, MA, RD, RYT, breaks down drinking vinegar, mushroom teas, and Bulletproof Coffee.

When it comes to drinking vinegar, the RD, yoga teacher, and founder of Delish Knowledge says "While adding apple cider vinegar to your diet won’t cure cancer or the flu, it may be a secret weapon in keeping blood sugar levels under control," the Unlike the more outrageous claims made by proponents of apple cider vinegar, there is enough evidence that consuming it may decrease the risk of diabetes and insulin resistance."

Recognizing that they are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, Alex gets input from Jessica Kelley, MS, RD, creator of Nourished by Nutrition, a big advocate for mushroom teas.

Bulletproof Coffee claims that combining coffee, grass-fed butter and MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil can promote weight loss, mental focus and energy levels. Alex is skeptical.

For taking these trends head on and providing some science to their claims, Alexandra was our Thursday RD of the Day.

Read the article: What to Know About Functional Beverages

Lindsey Kane, MS, RD Facebook Twitter
Now that we're well into the new year, today's RD of the Day helps readers of get past the fog of resolutions and rash promises with lifelong habits that will help take off pounds healthfully AND help you eat smarter.

Lindsey Kane, MS, RD, addresses the false promises and resolutions right off the bat, not impugning anyone's motives, just the end results. "If the same resolution is resurrected and repeated year after year, this tells us one thing: Our intentions are persistent, but we aren’t so great at executing."

Instead of resolutions that have a one-year deadline, Lindsey says "use the momentum of the New Year to cultivate healthy habits that you can repeat on a daily basis and maintain for a lifetime."

She also suggests ignoring trends and getting back to basics and fundamentals, including five bullet points as to what those basics are.

Lindsey then puts her counselor hat on and tells readers to personalize their approach and to know themselves better. She includes questions that will produce some helpful self-examination. The RD at Zesty, Inc. also encourages readers to study themselves.

"Now that you’ve identified habits that support you, the next step is to activate these habits," Lindsey finishes, providing a few habit hacks to help get started.

For helping channel well—intended resolutions into lifestyle habits for the long haul, Lindsey is our Friday RD of the Day.

Read the article: These habits will help you lose weight, eat smarter in 2017