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It’s a big week for us over here at rdnote! We’ve spent the week filming, brainstorming, talking strategy and roadmapping to launch our kickstarter campaign next week. We’re also prepping for our upcoming presentations at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (NOEW). Yeah, I’d say it’s been a pretty busy week. See how happy we look in the picture above?
Though it’s unclear when the kickstarter will be launching exactly, we’re anticipating a launch the first week of April. That should give you all plenty of time to get ready, get set and support us from the get-go!
Interested in giving us some feedback on logos, design and general ideas? We’d love your help. Reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re into visual learning. Reading about things, hearing about them…that doesn’t really paint a picture for us. To truly understand what people are eating and doing, we need to really see it for ourselves.
The thing is, we’re not the only ones who think this. There’s a whole body of new body of research, which says that seeing a visualization of images, whether in 2D or 3D, helps nutritionists evaluate food intake more accurately. With the increase in prevalence of smartphones, patients can provide photographic evidence of all their meals and snacks, allowing us to give them the most accurate and applicable feedback.
Three PubMed publications have recently shed light on just how effective photographs can be in evaluating caloric content of meals and snacks. Here are some of the amazing things this research has shown:
I can’t even begin to tell you how many people I know who use online trackers – whether to calorie count or monitor movement – with few to no results.
It’s not surprising to me. I, and many other people like myself, have found that the more I track the more I think and the more I overcompensate. While taking 10,000 steps a day is a great goal, far too many people focus on the “calories burned” section of a fitness tracker or health app.
Some people, I’m sure, do remarkably well with these metrics. Most people, however, see calories burned as the concrete number of calories they can then consume – that’s where the problem lies. Most people see the calories burned as an excuse to overindulge. This might not be an issue if it’s a rare occurrence, but as people move from monitoring their intake and expenditure weekly to daily and even hourly, it might help you justify that 400 calorie coffee drink.
So, what are some ways to use your trackers and really get results?
This blog post is going to be a little different. Molly and I have been shifting gears a bit and working on a new product.
Over the past few months, we have realized that while we love helping people in our field save time and see more clients, we want to help more people. We got to thinking about metrics and data tracking (like the true math and science driven people we are) and realized that while all this information is well and good, it doesn’t motivate us to do much more.
After polling our friends and family whose opinions we trust and appreciate (we know they’ll give us tough love), we decided that even the people who live healthy lives already need a little reminder to get out of their comfort zone. We also realized that even people who do most of their own cooking already and get on their yoga mat a few times a week sometimes get a little too wrapped up in the stress of everyday life.
Mardi Gras has finally come to a close in New Orleans, and we’re all wondering how to get back on track. Even if you don’t live in a city that shuts down for 5 days of debauchery (complete with fried food and sugary alcoholic drinks), I’m sure at least a few of you have fallen a little off the bandwagon with those New Years resolutions.
So how, on earth, do we get back on track when fried food and ignoring that need to go to the gym feels so good? I like to take baby steps to get back into the groove – when I throw myself back into things too quickly I find that I burn myself out. Here are some of the small changes Molly and I will be taking to get back on track this week.
We at the RDNOTE team feel that there’s much in life to be grateful for, but we don’t always check in to give ourselves the love we deserve. With work, side projects, Mardi Gras, errands to run and things to do, how can we be a little more present and thankful from day to day?
This is something that I personally grapple with often. I’m always writing the next blog post, planning a healthy meal, doing work for my internship, and trying to squeeze in a nap or a workout. I know it’s my own doing – I sign up for a million things to do – but I do wish that whole “be in the moment and express gratitude” thing from yoga could spill into my everyday life.
What then, are some ways to be more grateful on a daily basis?
1. Spend 5 minutes a day doing nothing.
When I have a particularly stressful day coming up, nothing helps me ease into it like taking 5 minutes in the morning to do absolutely nothing. I like to put on a pot of coffee, light my favorite candle and climb back into bed with a mug of coffee. Sometimes I check emails and review my schedule for the day, sometimes I just look out the window. After about five minutes of doing this, I usually feel ready to take on the day. Maybe it’s just the caffeine jolt, but something about this morning ritual helps me ease into even the most stressful of days.
It’s that time of year again! Some of you have probably done a great job of following through on your New Years resolutions…and some of you have not. Remember that it is not too late to get back on the bandwagon and achieve your goals.
Are you or your clients feeling stumped with the February blues? Here are some ways to stay focused:
1. Check in and evaluate.
One of the most important things you can do is do an honest evaluation of where you or your patients are with the goals you set previously. Maybe the goals are too lofty or ambitious to accomplish within only a month. Maybe your patients thought they would be more motivated than they are. Regardless of where you and your patents stand with these goals, being honest with yourself is the most important thing
Blogs are all the rage these days. The fact that people get paid to write about their lives or just post pictures of the recipes they cook is honestly amazing. I don’t really understand how all that works but I’m certainly impressed by it. Hey, even this is being published on a blog. I personally find it pretty cool that all the news that’s fit to print is no longer just in the NYTimes. There’s a lot to print that we can post on the internet that a captive audience will read and be inspired by.
Alright, alright, we admit that not all of these three blogs have much (or anything at all) to do with nutrition. But, in an effort to maintain a balance between work and play, we’ve decided to highlight a few blogs that inspire us, give us wanderlust and help keep us on track on the days all we want to do is sit on the couch and eat chocolate. Hey, a balanced diet is only one part of holistic wellness, right?
1. Crepes of Wrath
Not only is this author hysterical (even the title of the blog is great), but all her pictures are really gorgeous. She also lives a very desirable life that includes great food and drink, usually in moderation. Two things about her blog I like best is that not all of her recipes are truly recipes (she has a great roadmap to charcuterie boards) and the blog is curated in such a way that I really enjoy seeing how each recipe fits into her life. She also is a big proponent of bringing leftovers to lunch so go grab your ingredients and begin cooking!
Welcome to our first guest post! We're excited to hear from Alanna Waldron, a fellow RD and blogger, about her thoughts on other healthy habits that we tend to pick up from making healthier food choices. Check out her favorite healthy habits here and look up all her delicious recipes on her blog!
When you change your diet, it is very seldom that you don’t change other habits as well. Here are a few habits that I’ve picked up that surprised me, stemming from an interest in food. What really surprised me in grad school was how closely mental and physical health were related. Now I focus on both the physical aspects of my body like proper nutrition, exercise and good posture and the mental aspects of stress management in order to maintain good health. These are a few habits I’ve picked up to help balance a busy working life with my regular health practice.
1. Regular acupuncture – Stress management: Acupuncture is a Western medical protocol for focusing on correcting imbalances of energy in the body. Stemming from China, it modifies the flow of energy (qi or chi) throughout the body by inserting fine needles into specific body locations and pressure points. Acupuncture has many uses for health maintenance, including: anxiety, depression, digestive issues (nausea, IBS), pain relief (rheumatoid arthritis), migraines, Parkinson’s disease, and as rehabilitation for those who have experienced significant health battles.