Reflections of FNCE

       October was an incredibly busy, busy month. The staff of Today’s Dietitian and I attended the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in downtown Philadelphia at the Philadelphia Convention Center, one of the largest nutrition conferences in the country. It was an incredible meeting. I attended workshops to learn more about the nutrition profession and the issues and trends driving it. I met many interesting dietitians and revisited with those whom I met last year at our booth on the trade show floor and at our reception—which was a smash hit. I felt like a celebrity of sorts because so many people wanted to meet me. I received lots of hugs from the writers I work with and various other dietitians. One thing about the readership of this magazine is that they absolutely love it. They rave about it.

Our September and October issues were stars of the show at our booth. Our October issue featured great articles that are top of mind for many dietitians. Our cover story gives you the Real Scoop on Sugar: Is sugar really bad for you? Is it one of the chief causes of obesity in this country? The article answers these questions. If you want to eat healthier frozen foods and find out who makes them and where to buy them, read Healthier Frozen Foods. If you’re an entrepreneur and want to learn how to market your business, read Marketing Your Practice, part 3 of our Practice Matters special feature. If you’re an iPhone fan, read The iPhone, a commemorative piece on the iPhone’s fifth anniversary and how it has literally transformed the hand-held device world, and Avoiding Spoiled Leftovers to learn about an app that tells you what’s OK to eat and what to throw out.

        In addition, if you’d like to take a peek at our online Philadelphia restaurant guide, visit Savoring the Finest of Philly. In this supplement, we profile some of the finest restaurants and the top 10 things you can do in the City of Brotherly Love. You can download it as a PDF to use for future reference. We also published an online Showstopper publication. In this special supplement, we featured a conference preview, the top restaurants to visit, and an article on the history of continuing professional education in the nutrition profession.
Please enjoy these articles and supplements. Soon I’ll tell you all about the great articles in our November issue, our special Thanksgiving holiday edition. See you around in cyberspace!

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.


Chocolate Lovers’ Month

Hello Everyone!

It’s been a while since I’ve written a post. I’ve been extremely busy developing story ideas, assigning articles, speaking with freelance writers, editing copy, gathering news, and choosing photos for Today’s Dietitian.

The February issue is hot off the presses. Click here to view the digital issue. Did you know that chocolate, specifically dark chocolate is good for your heart? That’s right. When eaten in moderation, dark chocolate can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Now don’t go running out to the store and buy a bunch of candy bars. The chocolate has to be dark and unfortunately bitter. In fact, the darker and more bitter it is, the more healthier it is for your heart. Milk chocolate just doesn’t contain the heart-healthy antioxidants like its dark cousin. Read all about how dark chocolate can improve your health here.

If you have high blood pressure, read about the natural supplements you can take to help lower it here, and how cooking with healthful fats such as extra virgin olive oil also can lower heart disease risk here.

I’m so proud of this issue. It seems as though each issue I work on gets better and better. I owe it all first to God and the people with whom I work: the advisory board, the freelance writers, and the talented art staff. Without them, I couldn’t do the job I’m doing. Thanks everyone. I hope you enjoy the March, April, and upcoming May issues. Speak with you soon.