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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.


Jamie Meeks, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN Facebook  Twitter
Monday's RD of the Day has just been named the first-ever full-time sports dietitian for the NFL's New Orleans Saints and the Crescent City's NBA team, the Pelicans. One of only 11 sports dietitians employed by a National Football League franchise, Jamie Meeks, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN shares her expertise with readers in today's article on (website of the Times-Picayune), "What You Can Learn from How Players Eat, Drink and Play".
Expertly written by fellow RD (and Monday's honorable mention) Molly Kimball, the article discusses how she goes about planning meals and menus for these world-class athletes in two different sports. The piece also lays out a nutrition plan that anyone active in sports can follow for daily training, pre-activity fueling, post-workout recovery and travel. The piece shares the details of the interesting and active professional life Jamie has as a sports dietitian, as well as the commitment and time she puts into her work.
"Being a sports dietitian is more than simply telling someone what to eat. You have to be in the mix, get your hands dirty, and be willing to put in the long hours. But at the end of the day, it's more than worth it."
The RD/author also profiles Jamie's journey from first learning about nutrition science as a high school cheerleader to majoring in dietetics while cheering LSU to a national championship and Final Fours to volunteering her time at the athletic department before the school hired her as a full-time sports dietitian in 2011, making her one of fewer than 20 full-time sports nutritionists in college-level athletics at the time.
For her professional achievement, for her role as a trailblazer for RDs in sports, and for her dedication to dietetics and health, Jamie Meeks earned Monday's RD of the Day laurels.

Read the article: What You Can Learn from How Players Eat, Drink and Play


Amanda K. Foti, MS, RDN, CDN Facebook  Twitter

Headed on an summer getaway? Amanda K Foti, a registered dietitian with and Tuesday's RD of the Day, explains why juicing is not the solution to shedding a few pounds before vacation.

"Juicing is not the answer. It maybe be great to banish bloat prior to a summer getaway but weight will come back stronger than after post-vaca," says Amanda.

"Following a restrictive juice plan for a number of days will most likely allow you to lose weight fast, depending on what your current size and eating habits are. However, you will be starving your body of key nutrients like protein, fiber, and fat — what we in the nutrition world call macronutrients. Restricting yourself will significantly slow your metabolism, alter your energy level — and potentially your mood — and set you up for gaining all the weight back and more."

Instead of focusing on restrictive diets with results that won't last, Amanda recommends enjoying "5 small meals a day with lean protein and fruits and vegetables. Avoid any starchy carbs like bread, sugar, and alcohol. Hydrate with at least 64 oz. water every day and bump up your activity levels if you can. This will set you up to lose a few pounds before the trip and keep your metabolism burning those calories, just in case you splurge a bit while you're away!"

For providing a healthful, food-filled way to get bikini-ready and maintain those results after an indulgent vacation, Amanda was selected as Tuesday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: How to Lose Weight a Week Before an Indulgent Vacation


Whitney Pinkston, RD, LDN  

Having a garden is good for more than just fresh produce and herbs. According to Wednesday's RD of the Day, Whitney Pinkston, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian at Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital in Nashville, gardening helps patients recover after rehabilitation and can help you change your diet.

As a dietitian at a physical rehabilitation hospital, Whitney not only teaches her patients how to eat well, she shows them how to make healthful lifestyle changes. "When we cook in a group therapy class, people are usually surprised by its ease and no longer see barriers to changing their habits or even starting a garden at home to have fresh produce on hand."

Whitney explains that gardening adds a layer of motivation to making healthful lifestyle changes. "Anyone can stop by the grocery store to pick up produce, but the commitment it takes to start a garden and use what you grow can be much more rewarding."

Some of her advice for starting a garden includes starting small with one or two plants, planting only what you like and will consume, and getting creative with how you serve your produce. She also shares the many benefits you get from gardening in addition to the nutritious foods it yields.

For helping to cultivate lasting lifestyle changes for her patients and for providing a thorough explanation of how growing your own foods can start the path to a healthier diet, Whitney earned Wednesday's designation as RD of the Day.

Read the article: 5 Ways to Garden Yourself Back to Health


Lauren Marek, RD Facebook  Twitter

Thursday's RD of the Day helps answer the question everyone's been asking, including your clients: "Does healthy eating have to be expensive?" In her "Splurge or Steal" segment and blog post for KUSA-TV, Denver-based dietitian Lauren Marek, RD presents some less expensive "steals" for a few items you'd have to splurge on, suggesting foods with similar nutrients for a much lower cost.

Without giving away the "steals" she's suggesting to replace them, those pricier "splurge" items include trendy health foods like quinoa, almond butter, chia seeds and fresh wild salmon.

For helping her fellow Coloradan's (and anyone else) find healthy solutions and stay within the household budget, Lauren is this Thursday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: Healthy Foods: Splurge or Bargain Buy?


Jessica Cording, MS, RD, CDN Facebook  Twitter

The late-night munchies may seem inevitable after a night of drinking, but Friday's RD of the Day has tips to help you avoid these cravings and still enjoy the weekend's festivities.

Researchers at Indiana University have determined that it's the smell of these fattening foods that triggers our cravings, not their taste. Jessica Cording, MS, RD, CDN, a New York-based registered dietitian for Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia Medical Center and a clinical nutritionist at the Hospital for Special Surgery, explains that drinking sensitizes you to these food aromas and lowers your inhibitions which makes you more likely to indulge in the munchies.

However, these binge triggering aromas don't have to ruin your healthful eating plans. Jessica recommends four strategies to stay on track: don't drink on an empty stomach, decide in advance how many drinks you will have and when, search ahead for go-to healthy eateries, and pack a snack for when you return home.

For helping readers conquer the "drunkies" and maintain a healthful eating pattern when they choose to imbibe, we're toasting to Jessica as Friday's RD of the Day. Learn more about Jessica at

Read the article: 4 Plan-Ahead Ways to Prevent the Drunk Munchies




The Tennessean-June 13, 2015

"Clean Eating Doesn't Have to be Boring"

TAND member-Marilyn Holmes is a contributor to this article.