Subject: Dietitians of the Week

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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.


Mary Agnew, RDN, LD  
RD of the Day is back! In her "Ask the Dietitian" column for the Austin American-Statesman, Tuesday's choice answers in detail a reader's question: "Once and for all, are eggs good for me?"

"We get mixed messages regarding nutrition in the media, and eggs have been on both sides of the good/bad fence," explains Mary Agnew, RDN, LD, Nutrition Manager at Central Texas Food Bank. "To answer the question, let's first talk about cholesterol, the nutrient in eggs that once banished them from the list of healthy foods."

Mary weighs the pros (quality protein, abundance of carotenoids essential to eye health and help protect against inflammation) and cons (saturated and trans fats, LDL cholesterol) of eating eggs and comes to an educated conclusion that she shares with readers.

"With a host of good-for-you properties and mostly unsaturated fat, eggs are also a great low-cost protein source, which is important in the nutritionally at-risk population the food bank serves," Mary says. "At about 25 cents each on average, eggs are a nutritional bargain, providing one of the least expensive sources of high-quality protein per dollar spent."

For her balanced assessment, and for the work she does with the food bank, Mary was our Tuesday RD of the Day.

Read the article: Once and for all, are eggs good for me?


Samantha Cassetty, MS, RD Twitter
Wednesday's RD of the Day explains for NBC News BETTER "Why Saying 'Thank You' Can Help You Become a Healthier Eater"

In her enlightening piece, Samantha Cassetty, MS, RD, unpacks the three non-food factors that can inspire healthier eating, according to Gallup-Sharecare survey of among more than 177,000 interviews. Those factors, she shares, are 1) Pick the right people to surround yourself with; 2) Seek the right career path; and 3) Reduce financial stress.

"What I believe these results do show is that social support, optimism, opportunities to learn and stress management can be very powerful predictors of healthy eating, and that we can become better eaters by taking steps toward cultivating these qualities."Samantha says.

Samantha is a strong believer that social support is key to weight loss success, and the numbers back her up. Another study done among overweight and obese women found that those who received the most frequent support from family and friends were very successful at weight loss. Almost 72 percent shed meaningful weight compared to about 46 percent of women who didn’t receive encouragement.

While not recommending that you dump your less supportive friends, Samantha does suggest "Scan your social circle with this lens and see who is more likely to inspire and encourage you to eat and live better."

For her full thesis and analysis of these interesting results, Samantha was our Wednesday RD of the Day.

Read the article: Why Saying 'Thank You' Can Help You Become a Healthier Eater


Donna Martin, RD Facebook
Thursday's RD of the Day is Donna Martin, as she officially begins her term as the 2017-2018 President of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It's a big job in challenging times. We wish Donna all the best in her new role representing so many amazing dietitians.

Read the article: Donna Martin Becomes 2017-2018 President of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


Michelle May, RD, MD Facebook Twitter
Today's RD of the Day tells readers of Women's Health to "stop turning meals into math problems in the column, "‘I’m a Nutritionist, And This Is Why I Hate Calorie Tracking"

Michelle May, RD, MD, creator of Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Program, believes that too many people have become calorie counters and that has had a negative effect on weight loss and healthy eating goals.

The avid speaker on mindful eating says that calorie counting leads to food shaming. "The avoidance of foods deemed bad leads to us feeling deprived," Michelle says. "The deprivation is a powerful trigger for cravings, which can lead to overeating."

When people focus on low-calorie snacks, she says, they tend to eat more nutrient poor foods. "Choosing the lower calorie snack does not break the habit of eating when you're not hungry."

The Phoenix-based clinician and speaker also discusses how our calorie needs are not the same every day and that counting takes away the enjoyment of food for many.

For more, check out the full article and see why Michelle is our RD of the Day.

Read the article: ‘I’m a Nutritionist, And This Is Why I Hate Calorie Tracking