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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.

Lisa Wilby, RD Facebook
Our Monday RD of the Day breaks it down in her article "The Lowdown On Dietary Fat And Cholesterol" in her local our let on Cape Cod, the Falmouth Enterprise.

Lisa Wilby, RD, owner of Nutrition Real Simple in Easthampton and Falmouth, tries to clear up some of the conflicting reporting done on this controversial subject.

"Eat eggs. Don’t eat eggs. Butter is back. Wait, is it? The debate of eating dietary fats and cholesterol have long been discussed but have not always been clear," Lisa says at the start.

She then reports that, in 1980, when the first Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released, it was their recommendation to reduce the amount of total fat and cholesterol in the diet. While the aim was to help reduce the risk of developing heart disease, we now know the message was off.

"In the past, the dietary guidelines directed us to limit our total fat intake to 20 to 35 percent of total calories with saturated fat at 7 to 10 percent and dietary cholesterol at 300 milligrams. We followed this advice for 35 years" she continues. "In 2015 the Dietary Guidelines for Americans acknowledged the misconceptions regarding total fat and cholesterol, recognizing that the type of fat is what’s important, and adjusted their recommendations: limit saturated fat intake to 10 percent or less and avoid trans fat."

Lisa then provides recommendations on how to reduce saturated fat in your diet. She tells her readers that heart disease responds well to diet and lifestyle changes, but that "the first step is to get to know your numbers."

For her lowdown on this important subject, Lisa was Monday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: The Lowdown On Dietary Fat And Cholesterol

Brenda Schwerdt, RDN, LD, CNSC Facebook
"Everyone experiences stress," writes Tuesday's RD of the Day in her column for the Duluth News Tribune. "and when that happens, a physical reaction takes place in our bodies."

There's no doubt that, for many, these are stressful times. So an article titled "How to eat healthfully in times of stress" from a knowledgeable RD like Brenda Schwerdt, RDN, LD, CNSC, is a welcome piece of information.

After informing readers about the two hormones that get released, adrenaline for energy and cortisol for stress, Brenda explains that many people live with chronically high levels of stress hormones in their system. These sustained levels can put you at increased risk of many health problems that include GI distress, changes in weight, loss of memory and reduced immune function.

With these physical changes related to stress, Brenda says "it is important to try to take preventive measures to maintain a nutritious diet. Ideally, we want to prevent the double hit of being malnourished while having a decreased immune function."

She then goes on to provide numerous tips to help stay focused on nutritious eating. Throughout, the Clinical Dietitian at St Luke's Hospital reiterates that a healthy diet can help manage and may improve the physical symptoms of stress.

For focusing on stress relief through nutrition, Brenda was Tuesday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: How to eat healthfully in times of stress

All Dietitians  
Since Wednesday, March 8, was a day for dietitians to be celebrated, you were all RD of the Day! Thanks and appreciation for applying your knowledge and education to help others each and every day.

Jill Castle, MS, RDN, CDN Facebook Twitter
"Breast-feeding moms have double duty:" reminds Thursday's RD of the Day in her article in U.S. News and World Report's Wellness section. "They must nourish their babies and themselves. As such, nutrients and food choices are a top consideration."

In her For Parents column, Jill Castle, MS, RDN, CDN, says that parents need to ensure food choices are full of nutrients that may have a positive impact on both baby and mom. To do so, she identifies "5 Nutrients Breast-feeding Moms Should Not Miss."

"Moms should eat a healthy diet, including energizing protein foods, whole grains, nutrient-packed vegetables and fruit, dairy or non-dairy fortified substitutes and healthy fats, including sources of DHA." the noted children's nutrition expert and mother of four says. "A nutritious diet — along with supplementing where appropriate — will not only keep mom well-nourished, but it will help her baby grow and develop optimally."

For this important reminder to parents, and for dedicating her life's work to the health of children, Jill was Thursday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: 5 Nutrients Breast-feeding Moms Should Not Miss

Kristi L. Wempen, RD Facebook
Today's RD of the Day answers the question "Are you getting too much protein?" in The Pantagraph in Bloomington, IL.

"Contrary to all the hype that everyone needs more protein, most Americans get twice as much as they need," said Kristi L. Wempen, RD, of the Mayo Clinic Health System. "This is especially true for males 14-70 years of age, who the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advise to decrease meat, poultry and egg consumption. Even athletes are often getting more protein than they need, without supplements, because their calorie requirements are higher. And with more food comes more protein."

Most Americans get twice as much protein as they need, according to the Mayo Clinic. This article explains clearly how much protein you do need, depending on age and fitness. It also explains to uninformed readers where protein comes from. Kristi is the article's expert voice, explaining that the healthiest protein options are plant sources and that whole foods and not supplements are best.

"Meet your dietary protein needs with these whole foods as opposed to supplements," she says. "Supplements are no more effective than food as long as energy intake is adequate for building lean mass. Manufactured foods don't contain everything you need from food, nor do manufacturers know everything that should be in food. There may be compounds in real foods that we haven't even discovered yet that may be beneficial for the body. So always be careful of foods created in a lab."

Kristi also recommends that protein consumption be spread out evenly throughout the day and that people tend to get most of their protein during evening meals and the least at breakfast.

For providing the nutritional expertise needed in this primer on protein, Kristi is our Friday RD of the Day.

Read the article: Are you getting too much protein?