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Editor's e-Note
Kinder, Gentler Eating Approach

With a brand new year ahead full of new possibilities, many clients once again will make resolutions to go on a diet to lose weight. But if they’re honest with themselves, they know their dieting experience won’t be any more pleasant than it was last year.

Clients will start dieting with the best intentions. They’ll make solemn promises to themselves, saying, “This time I’m going to stick with it.” They’ll buy healthful foods and snacks, eat smaller portions during mealtimes, and deprive themselves of the foods they really love. They’ll be successful for a time. They may even lose 10, 20, 30 pounds, or more. But sooner than later, they’ll slowly go back to old eating habits and put on the weight they worked so hard to lose. Then, they’ll start the cycle all over again or just give up.

This month’s E-News Exclusive reviews what many dietitians consider a much better eating approach for permanent weight loss and weight management. It involves developing a healthy relationship with food while engaging the mind and body. Dietitians can receive training and certification, obtain resources, and begin counseling clients for greater weight-loss success.

After reading the article, visit Today’s Dietitian’s website at to read the digital edition of the January issue, which includes articles on Health at Every Size, risks and benefits of red meat, Menus of Change, the calcium debate, and the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine at Tulane University.

Please enjoy the E-Newsletter and give us your feedback at, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. The staff of Today’s Dietitian wishes you a happy and prosperous New Year!

Judith Riddle, editor
e-News Exclusive
Forget Dieting — Try Intuitive Eating
By Densie Webb, PhD, RD

Dieting is the bane of all clients who have tried it and failed time and again. And it’s a thorn in the side of dietitians who have encouraged these clients to adopt healthful eating behaviors instead, but were unsuccessful.

What’s frustrating about traditional dieting is that it often causes weight gain over and above a dieter’s starting weight. This can lead to self-loathing, a sense that the whole endeavor is a waste of time and money, and more overeating as a means to feel better—at least temporarily.

Enter the nondieting Intuitive Eating approach. Though there are several nondieting programs, Evelyn Tribole, MS, RD, and Elyse Resch, MS, RD, CEDRD, FADA, authors of Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program that Works were the first to develop the concept and the first to promote its virtues back in 1995.

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DGA News
Highlights of the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans
By Sarah Levy, MPH, RD

The federal government has issued dietary recommendations in one form or another for more than 120 years. However, 1980 marked the inception of the modern Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) when the USDA and the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare, now the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), jointly issued seven principles for a healthful diet. These were based on the 1979 Surgeon General report “Healthy People: The Surgeon General’s Report on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.” They called for a variety of foods to provide essential nutrients while maintaining recommended body weight and moderating dietary constituents such as fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium that might be risk factors in certain chronic diseases. This, rightfully, will prompt many RDs to think, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

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Other News
Kids Seeing More Unhealthful Snack Ads
A recent report shows that food companies have been increasing their advertising to children for chips and other junk foods, even as marketing of healthful snacks such as yogurt hasn’t kept pace, according to CNN.

Benefits of Yoga May Go Bone Deep
Small pilot studies have shown increased bone density in those who practice yoga, encouraging further research into yoga as a possible preventative measure against osteoporosis, according to The New York Times.
Field Notes
Butter Is Not Back: Limiting Saturated Fat Still Best for Heart Health

People who replace saturated fat in their diets with refined carbohydrates don’t lower their risk of heart disease, according to a new study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. On the other hand, those who replace saturated fats with unsaturated fats (found in vegetable oils and nuts) or whole grains lower their heart disease risk.

Many people fall back on carbs, especially refined carbs like white bread, when they reduce saturated fat in their diets, according to senior author Frank Hu, MD, PhD, MPH, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. This may in part explain findings from a controversial 2014 study that called into question recommendations for limiting saturated fat for heart health, and led to headlines promoting the return of butter.

“Our research does not exonerate saturated fat,” Hu says. “In terms of heart disease risk, saturated fat and refined carbohydrates appear to be similarly unhealthful.”

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Continuing Education
Learn about the burgeoning research behind leaky gut syndrome in this month’s issue of Today’s Dietitian. Read the CPE Monthly article, take the 10-question online test at, and earn two CPEUs!

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Complimentary Live Webinar
The Health Benefits of Tree Nuts: A Focus on Weight Management
Presented by Richard D. Mattes, PhD, MPH, RD, and Cheryl Forberg, RD, on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, from 2-3 pm EST, this webinar will review the research showing an association between tree nut consumption and healthy weight, and will examine the mechanisms behind tree nuts' impact on weight management—including nutrient content, satiety value, and digestibility of energy.

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Cardiac Rehabilitation

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What’s Trending In the Dairy Aisle?

Nutrition-Focused Physical Exams

Second-Career Dietitians
Tech & Tools
Mobile App Helps Users Drink More Water
The Waterlogged app (, available for free for iOS, allows users to track and manage water intake. Users can chart daily water intake and add images and measurements of glasses, cups, and receptacles they use at home. The app also sends reminders to drink when the user hasn’t logged any water recently. Learn more »

Guide to Healthful Eating Choices
While Dining Out

The HealthyOut app (, available free for iOS and Android, helps users find healthful and allergy-friendly restaurant meals locally. Users can filter their search by cuisine type or diet, such as vegetarian or gluten-free. Focusing on low-calorie and low-carbohydrate options as well, the app provides information about matching dishes at local eateries. Restaurant specifics, including location and hours, also are provided. Learn more »
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