Bugging Out Over Edible Insects

I’ve been telling my nutrition colleagues for years: bugs are the food of the future. It’s always been a bit tongue-in-cheek, but as time goes by it becomes more apparent that eating insects is more than just a passing fad. The Atlanta Hawks and Seattle Mariners have very successfully incorporated crickets and grasshoppers into their in-game concession stand offerings. In fact, they were so popular at Mariner games that the roasted bugs sold out before the first pitch on several occasions. Why is this trend meaningful? I’ll give you several reasons. Our attention has never been more focused on sustainability. Our population keeps growing and, although we can produce enough food to feed every

What's the Difference Between a Dietitian and a Nutritionist?

Have you ever wondered what the difference between a dietitian and a nutritionist is? Not many people know. Registered Dietitians (RD), or Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN), are the experts in the field of nutrition, whereas nutritionists are not registered and the title can be used by anyone. Literally anyone. So, what is the difference? Should it really matter if we use the terms nutritionist and dietitian interchangeably? Well, in healthcare we don’t consider a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) to be a Registered Nurse (RN), nor do we consider a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) to be a Physical Therapist (PT). So why do so many people think nutritionists are dietitians? Let’s break

Ask the RCW Dietitian: Weighing Frequency

How often should I be weighing myself? Some people tell me to weigh myself daily, and others say I shouldn’t weigh myself at all. When I was a kid, I assumed that for every question someone had there was an answer. Just one answer. I liked to read encyclopedias (I was a weird kid) and I thought that any question I had would probably be in a book somewhere, and all the books that answered that question would all answer it the same way. Obviously, this isn’t how things work. There can be many answers to the same question, and what’s right for one person often isn’t right for the next. This is one of those types of questions. Here are some things to consider: Consistent weighing is connected to

A Dietitian’s Thoughts on Food Journaling

A big problem with Americans’ eating behaviors is that we just aren’t very aware. We don’t notice how much we eat, we don’t notice when we’re full, and we probably don’t even remember what we ate yesterday. We’re too busy and too distracted. Mindful eating is great, but what happens when we can’t even remember to be mindful? It’s not an easy habit to build. I was at a weight management conference recently and food journaling was cited by the majority of the speakers as the single most effective way to create behavior change in eating habits. Why is food journaling useful? It creates both awareness and accountability. It’s easy to dismiss a food-related choice when it’s lost amongst the thous

“No Added Sugar”: We’ve Been Here Before

I try to read a lot. Keeping up to date on nutrition “news” is an essential part of my job. I try to make sure that I’m well-versed on new nutrition research as well as the nutrition trends that my clients are likely to ask me about. One of my new favorite blogs to read is found on the ConscienHealth website, which focuses on informing the public on the topic of obesity. A recent post, which you can read here, questions if the food industry’s movement to remove added sugars will really be the solution to obesity that some dream it will be. I do believe that this shift should be a positive change. Consumers have asked for products with less sugar, and we’re starting to see that happen on groc

Ain’t No Party Like a Dietitian Party

First, a disclaimer: this blog post is a lot longer than most of the ones we’ve previously put in this space. That being said, there’s tons of pictures! I recently spent the better part of a week in downtown Chicago in the pursuit of furthering my expertise in the field of nutrition. The first few days were mostly spent in a ballroom on the 7th floor of the beautiful Intercontinental Chicago hotel on Michigan Avenue, where I was able to learn from and interact with world-renowned experts in the field of weight management. I learned some new things (there’s such a thing as a “food swamp”) and reaffirmed many of the concepts I am already a believer in (food journaling can be a vital tool to ch

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