Exposing the truth about the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

*Update: I am more than pleased to announce that after significant pressure from outspoken, persistent, contentious dietitians like myself and thousands of others, the AND rescinded its contract with Kraft foods (although never quite explains why it was a good idea in the first place).* Read on, you should know the story anyway:

Those of you who are dietitians in the U.S. are undoubtedly aware of the entity that is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). They both dictate the practicing of dietetics and provide the recommendations for healthy eating in America. What you may not be aware of is the myriad special interest groups hanging out in the pockets of the AND. A press release has just been made announcing the new partnership between the AND and Kraft Foods. Kraft will be added to the list of AND’s corporate sponsors, and “foods” like Kraft American Cheese and boxed Macaroni and Cheese will now be promoted as healthy food options for your children. It should also be mentioned that AND’s sponsor list already includes Coca-Cola, Pepsi, ConAgra, and McDonald’s. Meanwhile, the Academy maintains that this move is not an endorsement of Kraft foods. Doesn’t make sense, does it?

You can read the New York Times article here:
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/12/a-cheese-product-wins-kids-nutrition-seal/?_r=0

This year, the Virginia chapter of AND will be meeting in my region and I recently received the program brochure in the mail. Lunch for this conference of dietitians from all over the state is provided by none other than McDonald’s, which everyone will eat while their corporate dietitian discusses the “healthy” options that McDonald’s offers. I am infuriated and am refusing to attend this conference. I will not give my money to any organization who claims to promote health but contradicts themselves by allowing a corporation NOTORIOUS for their low-nutrition, poor-quality food to the American people. I want no part of this madness.

I encourage you to visit the Dietitians for Professional Integrity website to learn more about how you as a dietitian (and consumer) can advocate for yourselves as professionals and for the well-being of your clients or patients.
http://www.integritydietitians.org

Meanwhile, please join me in boycotting the AND and do not attend any conferences or CEUs provided by them. By doing so you are not contributing to this massive conflict of interest.

Thank you for reading. Have a healthy day!

So, what DO you eat?

“So what DO you eat?” This question is usually preceded by my explaining that I don’t eat meat, dairy (90% of the time), or GMO anything. I’ve been a vegetarian for fifteen years, and I can’t even count how many times I’ve been asked that. I live in a Southern town that is very traditional in terms of dietary practices. A meal isn’t complete without meat, and a vegetarian is a rare creature. I think bacon may even be an unofficial food group.

I have two purposes for doing this. The first is that I feel compelled to clear up the following misconceptions: Eating healthy is boring, vegetarians are pale weaklings, and eating all day will make you fat. The second is, without being pretentious, to give some insight into a day in the gastronomic life of a dietitian and to show that I am, in fact, not a rabbit (as many a carnivore has accused me of at some point)!

So, to answer that burning question, here is what I ate today! It should be noted that I end up eating about every 3-4 hours in general. It gives me steady energy all day, and helps prevent low blood sugar, to which I am prone.
(Bonus: You’ll even get two recipes out of it. Score! Read on.)

Breakfast – Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Muesli mixed in soy yogurt

Morning snack – Organic apple, salt & pepper pistachios

Lunch – vegetarian sushi roll, half an avocado (this is a daily thing — I’m obsessed), and a spinach salad with lime vinaigrette. I then had two almond butter chocolate chip cookies (one of your recipes — you’re welcome!).

Post Zumba – 1 cup almond milk blended with a banana and 1/2 scoop Raw Protein powder

Dinner – Quinoa spaghetti with mushrooms, peas, and kale pesto (recipe #2). Slice of Italian bread on the side with marinara.

spaghetti

Dessert – Dark chocolate-covered Powerberries (from Trader Joe’s).

Drink – Water, water, WATER! I sip all day — you should never be thirsty.

Be assured I get all the protein I need along with loads of healthy fats, and I even get my sweet tooth satisfied (often more than once a day!). I don’t have to count calories because I know almost all the foods I eat are naturally nutrient dense — meaning more nutrients, fewer calories. There’s no question that following a plant-based diet while being conscious of our food’s origins is the way to go. This is not anecdotal evidence, people — it’s proven!

I promised you the recipes, and recipes you shall have! Click on the “Recipes” category and they are the first two on the post. Enjoy!