1. Doctors are not taught to discuss nutrition with patients. This is a great article from the Chicago Tribune describing the traditional medical approach of focusing on treatment instead of working on prevention. Lifestyle medicine is a new trend focusing on diet, nutrition, exercise, stress management and risk factor reduction. Generally, medical school only focuses a very small amount of time on teaching future docs about nutrition (which is why dietitians come in handy!). Focusing on promoting wellness and disease prevention can help the overall health of the nation and may be the direction in which medicine is heading.
2. Are you getting enough protein per day? The answer is probably yes! This is common knowledge among dietitians, but many Americans don’t realize that they are most likely meeting their protein needs without choosing products that boast “high protein.” In general men need about 56 grams of protein per day and women need about 46 grams of protein per day. To put that in perspective, a 3-1/2 ounce portion of chicken breast contains about 21 grams of protein. For a women, two chicken breasts almost meets your daily needs! Choose a lean protein or plant based protein at each meal and you should be good to go. You can always check with a dietitian if you are unsure!
3. Product Spotlight: Casa de Sante LemonAID. Inspired by the Indian beverage jaljeera, this drink packs a healthy punch! It is made with mint, cilantro, ginger, tamarind, fennel seeds, nutmeg, caraway, cinnamon, turmeric, lemon juice, cayanne pepper and pure cane sugar. I’m loving this for when I’m feeling bloated or after overindulging over the weekend! Check it out.