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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.

Timaree Hagenburger, MPH, RD, EP-C Facebook Twitter
"While it may seem safer to stay in your comfort zone, surrounded by processed food, your body is ALWAYS looking and is having to deal with the damage created by these chemical laden food like substances," says our Monday RD of the Day in the 2nd of her multi-part series in the Lodi News-Sentinel. "You should feel amazing after you eat, not sluggish and full of regret."

In her latest column, "Nutritious meals don't have to be expensive", Timaree Hagenburger, MPH, RD, EP-C, a.k.a The Nutrition Professor says "not being deceived and falling victim to the 'it's too expensive to eat well' excuse is all about the Ps: plan, prep, and package."

The nutrition professor at Cosumnes River College takes each of the 3 Ps one by one, making each one fit into the real world. She also sells the idea on the reality that not only will you save money and eat better, but your will be relieved of unneeded stress.

"Don't delay and use the next actions to get these Ps working for you. Plan, prep and package your way to a delicious week, full of nutrient-rich meals at your fingertips," says the author of the cookbook, "The Foodie Bar Way". "You can say goodbye to the stress that you used to associate with answering the question, 'I'm so hungry right now; what is there to eat?'"

For this down-to-earth and sensible advice for eating nutritiously on a budget, Timaree was our Monday RD of the Day.

Read the article: Nutritious Meals Don't Have to Be Expensive

Alissa Rumsey, MS, RD, CDN, CSCS Facebook Twitter
"As a dietitian, I hear about 'cheat meals' or 'cheat days' regularly," writes our Tuesday RD of the Day in her Eat + Run column in U.S. News and World Report, in full Mythbuster mode. "But I don't believe in so-called cheat meals or days because I've seen such labels do much more harm than good."

In "Why Cheat Meals Don't Work", Alissa Rumsey Nutrition & Wellness Consulting provides a guide on how to indulge guilt-free—and still lose weight.

To support her opposition to cheat meals and days, the New York City-based nutrition consultant and blogger breaks down her reasoning in four simple, to-the-point steps. Then, to let you know that giving up cheating doesn't mean giving up enjoying and treating yourself with food, Alissa offers four tips for how and when you should indulge.

"Everyone needs treats and indulgences—even if they are trying to lose weight or eat healthier," she explains. "Depriving yourself too often leads to a downward spiral that ends in a binge. Listening to your body, and getting back in touch with what it's trying to tell you, can help you find a balance between indulgences and healthier meals."

For rejecting the idea of cheating—which brings guilt—and championing balanced, sensible indulgences, Alissa was Tuesday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: Why Cheat Meals Don't Work

Rebecca Scritchfield, MS, RD, LD Facebook Twitter
We don't usually choose our RD of the Day from the same source in the same week, much less two days in a row. However, given that it's National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, when we saw this Eat + Run column in U.S. News and World Report, we had to select this RD, who we're proud to call one of our presenters at our upcoming Spring Symposium in New Orleans this May.

Rebecca Scritchfield, MS, RD, LD, presents "What Every Parent Should Know About Eating Disorders", imploring parents to teach kids about healthy living and self-acceptance, rather than focusing on weight. This philosophy is reflected in the title and content of her book, "Body Kindness".

She begins her column with staggering statistics: In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from a clinically significant eating disorder at some point in their lives, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. Every 62 minutes, at least one person dies as a direct result of an eating disorder.

"It's incredibly sad," Rebecca writes. "As a dietitian, I see so many clients who arrive in my office because they're ashamed of their bodies and willing to take drastic steps to change their appearance; and many of them are kids."

Rebecca then provides readers (specifically parents) with the kind of compassionate, thoughtful advice she's become known for in dietetic circles on what and how to teach our kids to ward off disordered eating.

So, in this week of awareness, it's fitting to highlight this column and choose Rebecca as Wednesday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: What Every Parent Should Know About Eating Disorders

Denise Ann Boozell, RD Facebook
Thursday's RD of the Day catches the attention of readers of the The Des Moines Register with her headline "Dietitian tips and tricks you should know".

Previewing next Wednesday's Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day, Denise Ann Boozell, RD,  who works for Hy-Vee, reminds us that her “office” is essentially an entire grocery store.

"Every day I get to help people translate the science of nutrition into solutions that fit their lifestyle by navigating through the grocery store," says the Indianola, IA-based RD.

Denise first recommends that people avoid cutting out their favorite temptation foods completely. Shoot for once or twice a week, she suggests, and find healthier alternatives to those foods.

She also provides some simple, but sage advice like using healthier dressings and dips to avoid calories, fat and sodium, snacking smart, using pre-cooked protein, and utilizing herbs and spices to please your palate.

In addition to helpful tips that anyone can employ in their daily lives, Denise also provides a great healthy Asian veggie stir-fry recipe. For all of this, she was our Thursday RD of the Day.

Read the article: Dietitian Tips and Tricks You Should Know

Kate Moran, RD Facebook Twitter
It's Spring Training for MLB teams and today's RD of the Day is with the team she works with, the Minnesota Twins. In this Q&A for Naples Illustrated, she talks about her job, what it means to be a dietitian, and answers a few questions about nutrition.

Kate Moran, RD, originally from Boston, moved down to Naples, FL in August of 2015 when got her job with the Twins and works out of Hammond Stadium in Fort Myers, where the Twins have their player development academy and spring training.

"I work with individuals one-on-one to help improve their health, wellness, and—from an athlete perspective—their performance," says Kate in the interview. "From a group standpoint, at the academy, I talk to the team, the coaching staff, and training staff as a whole to make sure we’re on the same page. I do a lot of group education on protein, hydration, and so on."

In addition to discussing her cool job and answering some basic nutrition questions (including one directed at the large senior population in Naples), Kate earns her RD of the Day honors when asked how it would benefit someone to work with a dietitian.

"Dietitians are food and nutrition experts; to become one, you have to have a bachelor’s degree and now master’s degree, and complete a year-long dietetic internship," the proud RD and blogger explains. "Just like medical specialists you turn to for other health concerns, dietitians are professionals to turn to when you’re trying to use food in a way that betters your life. If you’re looking to improve your health, talk to a Registered Dietitian."

Check out the full Q&A and see why Kate is today's RD of the Day.

Read the article: Q&A with Sports Dietitian Kate Moran