I had no patients at work today, so I spent the day exploring some nutrition/dietetics resources and getting really excited about some of the information that's out there. Most of the links below are geared toward professionals (Sorry... most of you...) but I hope those of you who are only here for the food will find some of the stuff interesting anyway. Here's what I've been reading today:
I'm writing an article on some "off-beat" nutrition-related resolutions for my clinic's January newsletter. One of my tips is to buy new dinnerware, based on Brian Wansink's research that shows that we tend to serve ourselves larger portions when we have larger plates, bowls and even serving spoons. Going through his site and his blog again is really motivating me to hurry up and finish The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle so I can get into Mindless Eating and Marketing Nutrition.
As a fairly new dietitian, I always feel like there's room for improvement when it comes to my counselling skills. Sometimes being the only dietitian on staff is tough as there is no one to observe and/or bounce ideas off of. So I was happy to find that in this month's Dietitians of Canada Diabetes, Obesity and Cardiovascular Network SCOPE Notes, they had a link to Molly Kellogg's website. Molly is both a registered dietitian and licensed clinical social worker whose practice mostly focuses on working with other health professionals to improve their practice. She has a whole list of counselling tips on her website and I'm seriously considering getting her workbooks.
Also in this month's SCOPE notes:
Interactive DRI for Health Professionals - Yoni pointed out that this doesn't really have an application because people eat food, not nutrients, but I do like how all the numbers are there for say, meal planning (I think this is why it's for health professionals), and clicking on each vitamin or mineral will take you to a corresponding factsheet which does include food sources.
AdvancingIn is a Canadian website that offers free, online continuing education programs for healthcare professionals in a variety of fields. Of interest to dietitians right now are probably the diabetes, endocrinology and cardiovascular health portals, and there's an obesity portal in the works by the Canadian Obesity Network and mdBriefcase (another free Canadian online cont-ed website).
Last but certainly not least, the DC publication Practice is now in blog format,