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May
12
2016

Be smart not boring: How to be an engaging and evidence-based dietitian

Abby Langer shares how she balances being bold while sticking to the science. 


abby-headshot-small1.jpgAbby Langer is a communications and consulting dietitian based in Toronto, Canada. She is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post and has been featured in radio, print, and television media in both the US and Canada. Abby loves to develop recipes and most of all she loves to eat! She’s an avid kettlebell-lifter and runner, and is always up for trying fun new foods and experiences. Abby lives with her husband, her two sweet daughters, and her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Sammy. Find Abby on Twitter, Instagram, and at abbylangernutrition.com.

I’ve been a dietitian for almost 20 years, but only recently – about two or three years ago – moved into the media, blogging, and private practice stage of my career.

I’m already in my 40s, so I knew I didn’t have time to mess around. I needed to get where I wanted to be quickly. I’ve already surpassed my personal expectations, which is great! Although, I will always strive to be better at everything because I’m type A and a workaholic.

I’ve always been outspoken – blame it on my orthopedic surgeon father – and I thought I needed to get rid of that part of me to be in the media. I was afraid that no one would touch me with a ten-foot pole if I was my opinionated self. I couldn’t have been more wrong – it has become part of my brand. continue reading
 
Mar
24
2016

Rethinking sodium: Reflections on research and implications for practice

A DC member from Cape Breton shares why she thinks we may need to change our thinking around sodium. 


STHS1.jpgSusan Taylor is the manager of clinical nutrition at the Cape Breton Regional Health Care Complex. Part of her role is direct patient care on the hospital telemetry unit. She is the main preceptor at her hospital for dietetic interns from three Atlantic Canada universities and enjoys the ongoing learning that being a preceptor entails. Susan decided to delve into the literature on sodium following an intern’s therapeutic update focused on this topic. Susan can be contacted at susan.taylor@nshealth.ca.

Over consumption of salt is a global health issue. Excessive sodium consumption is linked to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and stroke.1,2
 
Considering that Canadians consume an average of 3400mg of sodium/day,1 should we be concerned? United Kingdom and France also have high intakes, which vastly exceed the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended level of less than 2000mg daily.2
 
Median intakes of salt in the United States are similar to Canadian levels. It is postulated that these numbers may be even higher than the research shows as studies on salt consumption are generally based on self-reported data. People are likely to underestimate the true amount of food consumed.4 In Canada, the majority of sodium consumed (77%) comes from processed food.1,2 This may explain why people may not be aware of how much sodium they are actually consuming. continue reading
Sep
03
2014

A dietitian takes action: Responding to misleading nutrition information via a letter to the editor

Tanis-Headshot.jpgDr. Tanis Fenton – Registered Dietitian and Epidemiologist – is best known for her work as Evidence Analyst for DC’s Practice-based Evidence in Nutrition, Nutrition Research Lead for Alberta Health Services and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Medicine. Dr. Fenton has published several peer-reviewed manuscripts, which have advanced dietitians’ collective understandings in challenging practice areas. Dr. Fenton was recently named a 2014 DC Fellow – congratulations Tanis!

Reading a health column in Reader’s Digest (Canada), a popular health and lifestyle magazine sold in grocery stores, I saw recommendations for cleansing. They suggested reducing food intake to a minimum and relying on juices only for up to 8 days, to gain the benefits of reduced “exposure to toxins and allow certain organs, such as the liver, to rejuvenate” (April 2013). There were 3 authors to the article, a yoga instructor whom provided quite reasonable advice, a medical doctor, and a Nutritionist, the latter two whose responses were concerning. continue reading

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