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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.

Danielle Fryer, RD, CSSD, CSCS Facebook Twitter
Dietitians are the gatekeepers of real nutrition information. Monday's RD of the Day asserts the expertise of RDs and warns readers of the The Gadsden Times (AL) about all of the mythology and bunk about nutrition being put forth as truth.

"The science of nutrition is constantly proving and disproving itself," explains Danielle Fryer, RD, CSSD, CSCS. "Discerning nutrition information, misinformation and disinformation is a full-time job. I should know!"

The certified strength & conditioning specialist, personal trainer and yoga teacher then encourages readers to "Try these three crucial nutrition tips" as references in the article's title.

After sharing these crucial tips, Danielle reminds readers who the true experts really are. "Credible information about nutrition comes from qualified nutrition professionals. Look for credentials RD or RDN (registered dietitian-nutritionist). These professionals can help you look at your total eating plan and learn the food balance and moderation needed for truth, well-being and success."

For providing these key tips for quality nutrition, and for reinforcing the truth that RDs are THE nutrition experts, Danielle was RD of the Day for Monday.

Read the article: Try These Three Crucial Nutrition Tips

Caitlyn Ferin, RD  
Sunday is Mother's Day and Tuesday's RD of the Day took to the airwaves on WQAD in Des Moines, IA to offer a simple, nutritious way to start that special mom's day off right.

Caitlyn Ferin, a Corporate Dietitian at Fareway Food Stores, uses this segment to shows viewers how to make baked oatmeal with a variety of different toppings and additions to make a Mother's Day oatmeal bar that will impress and delight any mother.

"This is great if the kids want to do it, there's no oven, no stove, very little cutting, it's safe and easy," Caitlyn explains. "I like to use steel cut oats because it's not quite as processed as the rolled oats, plus they have a lower glycemic index, so it doesn't raise blood sugar as much and has a lot of fiber."

Caitlyn suggests adding a touch of milk for protein and some healthy toppings to include in the oatmeal bar, like dried blueberries, walnuts, low sugar granola, cinnamon and powdered peanut butter (half the calories!).

For suggesting a healthy, easy to make breakfast-in-bed idea for Mother's Day, Caitlyn was Tuesday's RD of the Day.

Watch the video: No-Bake Breakfast Ideas For Mother's Day

Mark Mahoney, PhD, RDN  
Our Wednesday RD of the Day writes in the Tallahassee Democrat that, when addressing the issue of sodium consumption, much of the information that the public receives fails to provide what they need to make more informed choices.

Mark Mahoney, PhD, isn't suggesting salt is all bad but ... "Salt has many benefits. It raises the boiling point of water, tenderizes meats and enhances the flavor of many foods," he explains. "The bad news is that table salt contains 2,300 milligrams of sodium per teaspoon. For most people, that is the daily limit."

Of course, no one consumes that in one bite, but sodium intake adds up throughout the day. In fact, Mark says that only about 5 to 10 percent of Americans' daily sodium intake actually comes from adding salt to food at the table.

Sodium isn't only in salty snacks or the table shaker, reminds the 30-year RDN. Many of the already prepared foods and meals we consume at restaurants, cafes and grab-and-go items at grocery stores contain inordinate amounts of sodium.

Mark also provides readers with a very simple solution to controlling sodium: "watch your intake of highly processed foods." Mark then provides a list of additional ways to lower sodium intake.

For this focus on hidden salt in processed foods and lowering overall sodium intake, Mark was our Wednesday RD of the Day.

Read the article: Avoid Foods With Hidden Salt To Fight High Blood Pressure

Jamey Rice, RD, LD  
"Is It Time to Ditch Your Whole30 Diet?", asks this article in Men's Journal. This program is tough to stick with and many men are attracted to its difficulty. Thursday's RD of the Day says that, while those goals are noble, their also misguided.

The piece explains that the Whole30 Program is less known for the foods it allows (small portions of meat and seafood, some fruit, vegetables, eggs, and natural fats) and more for what’s off the table: sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, soy, and any “junk foods” made with approved ingredients.

Jamey Rice, RD, LD, Nutrition Coach and Sports Dietitian at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, points out that slashing whole food groups can, over time, lead to nutrient deficiencies. “With a lot of your fortified grains,” she says, “you’re going to be missing some iron and a lot of those key minerals that are important for overall health, for blood flow, for wellness, for those healthy red blood cells.”

Dairy is a key source of calcium and protein for many people and Jamey says that it’s true that those nutrients can be supplemented with the right combination of fruits and vegetables, but without the input of a dietitian, you may fall short of your recommended daily requirements. Rice is wary of the Whole30 because most dieters are doing it without the support and guidance of a medical professional.

Jamey does appreciates some parts of Whole30, which she shares, and also offers a better approach at the end of the piece. For this insight, Jamey was our Thursday RD of the Day.

Read the article: Is It Time To Ditch Your Whole30 Diet?

Tracy Bjerke, RDN, LD  
"Several factors can affect your metabolism such as your age, weight and even gender," says our RD of the Day in her Health column for Owatonna People's Press (MN)."However, metabolism is not the main culprit of weight gain or weight loss, it is still the foods and amount of calories we eat and how much physical activity we get."

Tracy Bjerke, RDN, LD, who works at Hy-Vee, stresses that healthy metabolism is important for overall health and achieving a healthy weight. She then details for readers 5 habits that will help start and keep your metabolism in great shape.

In addition to these important habits, Tracy shares a recipe for Apricot-Almond Health Balls that take just 30 minutes to make.

For her important emphasis on maintaining a healthy metabolism and offering helpful ways to do it, Tracy is Friday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: Owatonna Dietitian Shares 5 Habits You Need To Improve Your Metabolism