Mindful Eating

Linda sat at a table with a piece of rich, dark chocolate in front of her. After breathing in its sweet aroma, she took a small bite and let the chocolate slowly dissolve in her mouth. Her taste buds savored the mixture of creaminess and sweetness. “Wow, that’s the best piece of chocolate I’ve ever eaten!” Linda said to her dietitian.

What’s interesting is that this exchange was part of a nutri­tion counseling session that focused on mindfulness, the con­cept of being present in the moment, and mindful

Plant-Based Diets and Gestational Diabetes

Plant-Based Diets and Gestational Diabetes 

Learn about the challenges patients face and strategies to ensure they get the nutrients they need for a healthy pregnancy and baby.

Eight months before Paula became pregnant, she decided to become a vegetarian. She was 70 lbs overweight and believed that cutting out red meat, poultry, and fish, and eating only plant-based foods would help her lose weight and obtain better health.
When Paula was diagnosed with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) in her 26th week of pregnancy, she continued eating a vegetarian diet to increase her chances of having a healthy pregnancy and baby. 

Plant-Based Diets and Gestational Diabetes

Emerging research continues to show the benefits of plant-based diets in the prevention and management of chronic disease. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Milk Proteins

For many years, nutrition professionals didn’t consider protein a priority for most Americans. The thought was that most people consume more than enough to prevent protein deficiency.
Milk Proteins   But now a new perspective is gaining momentum. A growing body of research shows that a greater intake of protein may increase muscle synthesis, decrease muscle breakdown, boost satiety, and improve glycemic control, thereby enhancing muscle func­tion and mobility, as well as assist in preventing and treating certain chronic diseases. The evidence regarding many of these health benefits focuses on high-quality proteins, including milk proteins, which many food manufacturers are adding to various dairy and nondairy products to enhance their nutritional value and improve consumers’ health.
Optimal Health vs. Preventing Deficiency
For optimal health, evidence shows Americans may need more protein than previously thought. Protein is the major structural component of all cells in the body and functions in the form of enzymes, transport carriers, and hormones. The body requires a steady supply of the nine essential amino acids from dietary protein to synthesize new proteins and balance the rate of protein breakdown. The Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for protein, 0.8 g/kg of body weight per day for