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Dietitians of the Week
Check our Facebook page every weekday for our RD of the Day, as we put a much-deserved spotlight on a dietitian who's either making headlines or writing them and delivering their expertise through the media. Here are this week's featured RDs.

Julie Upton, MS, RD Facebook Twitter
Monday's RD of the Day laments for the days when kids slimmed down during the summer by riding bikes, swimming, and playing outside all day long. Of course, today is different, with kids spending 5-7 hours a day in front of some kind of screen. As a result, studies show that young children are piling on pounds.

In her Eat + Run column for U.S. News and World Report, Julie Upton, MS, RD, cites research from the The University of Texas at Austin who followed 18,101 children from kindergarten through second grade found that kids are more likely to become overweight or obese during the summer break, when weight gain occurs at double to triple the rate of the school year.

"But summer weight gain is not inevitable," Julie says, then urging readers to follow these five steps from registered dietitians who specialize in childhood nutrition to keep your child's diet on track this summer.

Quoting several respected fellow RDs, Julie's #1 step has nothing to do with food but with sleep. Again relying on research, Julie cites that a study of 690 school-age kids in Italy reported that those who logged the most sleep were more likely to have a healthy body weight.

Check out the full article for the rest of the tips and see why we chose Julie as our Monday RD of the Day.

Read the article: How to Help Your Kids Prevent Unhealthy Summer Weight Gain

Lindsay Malone, MS, RDN, CSO, LD  
The U.S. retail market for energy and sports drinks earned sales of $25 billion in 2016, according to market research firm Packaged Facts. Tuesday's RD of the Day tells WRAL TV that most people don't need more than just good old-fashioned H2O.

"We want things that are flavored and sweet-tasting or maybe do give you a little bit of a jolt with caffeine, and water is really nature's perfect way to stay hydrated," said Cleveland Clinic dietitian Lindsay Malone, MS, RDN, CSO, LD.

Lindsay says electrolyte-infused sports drinks are only necessary if you are losing an excessive amount of fluids from vigorous exercise or if you are sweating profusely from working outdoors in the high temperatures. Even so, sports drinks are also full of sugar and high in calories that you probably don't need.

If you want an added boost, Malone recommends foods that can help keep you hydrated as well.

"So, think about fruits and vegetables that splash when you bite into them, like oranges, melons, cucumbers, tomatoes," Malone said. "All of these are naturally high in water."

With hydration so important in the summer months, Lindsay's call to action makes her our choice for Tuesday's RD of the Day.

Watch the video: Thirsty? Stick to water instead of sports drinks, dietitian says

Kimberly Proctor, RD, LD  
With the 4th of July holiday approaching, preparing for parties, backyard barbecues, and family gatherings are underway. Wednesday's RD of the Day took the airwaves at KCRG-TV9 in Cedar Rapids, IA to offer some festive red, white, and blue foods that are also healthy options.

Kimberly Proctor, RD, LD, a Hy-Vee dietitian, shares lists of foods of each color, as well as several recipes in the segment and says "Salads, parfaits, kebabs, layered desserts and more can get a patriotic makeover for the holiday. Let your creativity run wild."

Kimberly demonstrates how to prepare a delicious Red, White and Blue Radish Salsa, as well as a Patriotic Layered Punch which, if you do the technique she describes correctly, will temporarily form red, white and blue layers, due to the differences in density of the beverages.

For offering some fun, thematic, and healthy ideas for a holiday weekend when some tend to lose their way nutritionally, Kimberly was our Wednesday RD of the Day.

Watch the video: Hy-Vee Dietitian: Festive Food for the Fourth

Lindsey Janeiro, RDN Facebook Twitter
Even RDs struggle with food allergies that alter their lifestyle. Thursday's RD of the Day shares her lifelong battle with tree nut allergies and how she lives with it in Women's Health in the article "This Nutritionist Has A Severe Nut Allergy—Here's What She Eats In A Day".

Eating even a small trace of these nuts can trigger a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis in Lindsay Janiero, RDN, who feels like she has to watch her back—constantly. “I have to be very careful with cross-contamination,” says the owner of Nutrition to Fit in Sarasota, FL.

Sometime, favorite brands may change ingredients and suddenly start using nuts. Even the aroma of hazelnut coffee can send Lindsay's system into overdrive of chest tightening, watery eyes, and hives. She can also react to facial scrubs with walnut shells or lotions and cleaners with nut oils.

To compound the situation, Lindsay was diagnosed with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) several years ago, so to help manage her symptoms, she skips gluten. “It wasn’t a flippant decision,” she says. “Once I eliminated gluten, it was a transformation that literally began overnight to help reduce stomach pain and tolerance of food and to not have to run to a bathroom immediately after eating.”

Sharing her knowledge as an RD and someone with allergies, Lindsay breaks down a typical day of meals. Sharing her struggles and for providing this insight to fellow sufferers and RDs with tree nut allergic patients, Lindsay was Thursday's RD of the Day.

Read the article: This Nutritionist Has A Severe Nut Allergy—Here's What She Eats In A Day

Molly Kimball, RD, CSSD Facebook Twitter
"Essential oils are a hot topic right now, showing up in Instagram feeds, at smoothie shops and at local health food stores," writes today's RD of the Day on, using her expertise "to help you sort through the marketing claims and social media hype."

In "Essential oils: Fact, fiction, recipes for this popular health trend", Molly Kimball, Registered Dietitian/Nutrition Consultant, explains that essential oils have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years to support and balance the mind, body and spirit.

The board certified specialist in sports dietetics organizes her insights like so: "What they are, potential health benefits, what to look for on labels, how to use them, and simple recipes, if you want to try them out yourself."

Each section is clear and detailed and the piece offers points of view that are both supportive and less so. Molly ends with her own final take, focusing on safety. Also included are two essential oil recipes, each written by an RD.

For bringing light and expertise to an interesting subject, Molly is our Friday RD of the Day.

Read the article: Essential oils: Fact, fiction, recipes for this popular health trend