Can’t Wait for the Summer Olympics!

If you’re like me, you’re looking forward to the summer olympics, which will take place in London this year. In this month’s issue of Today’s Dietitian, there’s a great article about the upcoming olympics from a perspective you probably haven’t read about before. The article, called “Preparing to Win the Gold,” talks about the dietitians who work with the U.S. olympic team to ensure the athletes are well fueled with all the right foods, snacks, and beverages they need to perform at the top of their game. You’d be amazed at what nutrients they need for workouts and competition day. They expend a lot of energy so they need many nutrient-dense calories to keep them healthy, strong, and full of vigor.

If you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes or know someone who does, there’s an article about one of the most feared complications of the disease: diabetic retinopathy. The good news is that diabetic retinopathy, which causes vision loss, is completely preventable as long as your blood sugar is controlled and you get annual eye exams. I especially loved developing this story idea, and assigning and editing the article because it gave me a chance to revisit a subject matter I like and am most familiar with: eye health. I spent five years as an editor and writer for professional magazines covering the eye care profession for optometrists and ophthalmologists. So this article was such a treat to educate dietitians about this disease and share what role they can play in preventing blindness in their patients. You can read the article “The ABCs of Diabetic Retinopathy” here.

And did you know that the foods you eat can reduce your risk for cardiovascular disease? Well they can. Read “Reducing the Risk of CVD” and find out what foods you should be buying at the grocery store for optimal health. You’ll enjoy the recipes for the banana-berry smoothie, double-grain bean soup, the walnut cluster snack, and all the others in the magazine.

I hope you enjoy these articles. I’m most proud of this issue because it features such diverse article topics and the photos are really great! Leave me a message below and let me know what you think.

Until then, I’ll see you around on Facebook and Twitter!

   Take Care,

Spring is Here!

While the month of March is over, we all can celebrate the fact spring is here and the hot weather is just around the corner. Even though today marks the beginning of April, I want to share some of the great articles we published in the March issue of Today’s Dietitian.

If you want to jazz up your breakfasts and make them more healthful, read “Best Breakfasts from Around the World.” This article talks about all of the delicious breakfasts people eat in China, Vietnam, Costa Rica, Turkey, Israel, and Venezuela. You’d be surprised what they eat and how much it differs from what we eat here in America for that all-important morning meal.

Have a desire to learn how you can eat more healthfully as an African American? Check out “Obtaining Health Through Heritage.” This article discusses the African Heritage Diet Pyramid, which features the delicious foods rooted in African traditions that can prevent heart disease, diabetes, and stroke that plagues the black community. The article provides recipes for a Brazilian fish stew, West African peanut soup, Grilled red snapper, and more.

Other articles that might be interesting include a recipe for Brussels sprouts. I know, most people hate them, but this recipe gives them a complete makeover that’s quite tasty. And for those of you who believe that eating healthfully is too expensive, read “Eat Healthfully on a Budget.”

The April issue comes out at the end of this week. If you’re a fan of the summer Olympics, which will be held in London this year beginning in July, we have a story just for you. Until then, take care. See you around in cyberspace.