Delicious Dining in Philly

If you live in Philly, are visiting Philly, or plan to visit in the near future, the September issue of Today’s Dietitian has a treat for you. This month, we’ve published a Philadelphia dining guide that boasts the most critically acclaimed eateries in the city. Many of the restaurants are owned and operated by award-winning celebrity chefs, and the food they serve is so mouth-watering it will keep you coming back for more. The interesting concoction on the cover, called Estia Chips, is a favorite at the Greek Mediterranean restaurant Estia. The chips are crispy fried zucchini and eggplant. Just a hint of what you can sink your teeth in. So use the guide to choose from a variety of restaurants you’d like to visit. You won’t be disappointed. I’ve been living in a suburb outside of Philly for a while, and I’m ashamed to admit I don’t get out much. Even I didn’t know about the treasure trove of restaurants The City of Brotherly Love has. But that’s about to change because I plan to visit some of them when I attend the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE), the largest nutrition show in the country, in October. This year the conference is in Philly, and I can’t wait.

I’m especially proud of this issue—probably more so than any other issue I’ve worked on thus far. It’s one of the largest issues of the year in terms of editorial and advertising—a whopping 112 pages. It’s brimming with great articles and incredible ads. In fact, this issue broke a record for the most advertising dollars to date. This issue features articles on managing food allergies in schools, artificial sweeteners, teaching nutrition to kids, dance fitness such as Zumba, Hip-hop, and Bollywood, the so-called miracle weight loss supplement Red Raspberry Ketone, and much more.

So click on the links above and read some of the articles. Let me know what you think. I’d like to hear your feedback. See you next month!

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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,