Seasons approach us with so much promise, and then they’re gone in the blink of an eye. Spring promises me gorgeous weather, gardening, sunshine, flowers and more time spent outside. Summer promises me happiness of sunray goose-pimples, a nice tan, and extra time with the kids. Fall offers the promise of pumpkin recipes and a relief from the heat with it’s cooler evenings. Winter teases me with anticipation for my favorite holiday and spending time with family. But they all arrive slowly, and then leave so fast. I feel this way every season. So many mixed feelings! We break the year up into “quarterlies”, seasons, school years/breaks, and/or holidays. And we spend each part trying to make the best of it by doing everything it could possibly offer us. By the time September rolls around, for instance, we have emptied our mental, physical and emotional stores of energy and we are OVER the packing, unpacking, road trips, airports, house guests, volunteer projects, kids home from school acting like jumping beans 24/7, camps, weddings, and for a lot of families; moving and/or catching up on all those household projects and repairs. Not to mention extra energy drained from hotter temperatures outdoors. Yet we spent January through May counting down the days to summer! Because – in the summer- we can relax! Right?
RD, RDN, LD, CBN, NBNC: acronyms for licensed and or registered dietitians. These are the professionals who work in the medical fields, and your doctor or specialist likely has one on staff. They work in hospitals, nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities. A lot of them go on to work for companies like NutriSystem, Jenny Craig, or one of those “Medi-Fast Weight Loss” centers. Some large globo-gyms have one or two on staff, and they are the contributing editors and staff writers for the “Health & Lifestyle” sections of major publications and news media outlets. These professionals are responsible for health & science-based nutritional advice regarding your specific illness, disease or concern. For example, if you are diagnosed with IBS, your doctor will send you into the office of his RD, and he or she will tell you to eat more fiber and drink more water (maybe). Patients who are diagnosed with T2 Diabetes will have an RD assigned to their case, and common advice heard is to eat whole wheat, whole grains and maintain a low fat diet.
If that advice was not enough reason to second-guess a legitimately licensed and registered dietician, keep reading: