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Our amazing team of registered dietitians!

Saturday was the 2012 Nutrition Seminar presented by Cooper Clinic Nutrition Services. For many of our attendees, their interest is often piqued when a friend tells them about their “great new diet” and the quick results that they’ve experienced. At Cooper we share lots of nutrition-related articles, hoping to help others learn healthy ways to improve their diet. With so many contradictory messages, it’s important to know the facts.

Our amazing team of registered dietitians cleared up the confusion this weekend. They dissected the latest diet trends and offered practical health tips that attendees could walk away with and incorporate into their daily life.

Here are a few takeaways from our rockstar dietitians:

  • Some of the most popular foods of 2012 include: salmon, greek yogurt, almonds, green leafy vegetables like kale and berries.
  • Gluten free diets are popular right now, but only three million Americans have actually been diagnosed with celiac disease. You should get tested by a dietitian and diagnosed with celiac disease before you make any adjustments to your diet.
  • Drink more green tea –Two cups a day can boost your metabolism and reduce caloric intake.
  • Is sugar toxic? Likely no, but in excess… problematic and unhealthy!
  • Combine a protein, carbohydrate and healthy fat at most meals to sustain energy and curb hunger.
  • Eating your favorite foods is part of healthy and sustainable weight loss. (This means you can eat frozen yogurt… in moderation, of course!)
  • And one of our personal favorites… a little bit of chocolate never hurts anyone.

Did you also know that you can meet with our dietitians to analyze your diet and develop a personalized plan of action to improve your nutrition? You can click here or call 972.560.2655 for more information.

What’s your favorite healthy food?

Cooper Clinic Dietitians “Clear Up the Confusion”

September 28, 2012 Leave a comment

If you’ve attempted to live healthily, then you know it’s difficult to navigate the myriad of diets and nutrition claims on the market. How do you distinguish what’s  fact and what’s fiction? Are you really on the right track to live a healthy life?

Cooper Clinic is hosting its 2012 Nutrition Seminar on Saturday, October 6 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. here at Cooper Aerobics Center. Our leading registered and licensed dietitians will clear up your confusion about nutrition, weight loss and health with practical tips and strategies to achieve real results.

The seminar will cover hot topics like:

  • The truth about the latest fad diets including Paleo, Dukan and more.
  • What’s new in fitness and health.
  • “Wheataphobia” vs. needing a gluten-free diet.
  • New strategies to begin a well-rounded healthy lifestyle.

The seminar is $40 and will include a live cooking demonstration by a Cooper Clinic culinary expert Kathy Duran-Thal, RD, LD, and a healthy breakfast.

Click here to register.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Review: The Eat-Clean Diet

You may have heard of a new dieting trend, the Eat-Clean Diet by Tosca Reno, that promises to keep you feeling great and full of energy. Cooper Clinic Co-Director of Nutrition, Kathy Miller, RD, LD, took a closer look at this diet and assessed the pros and cons to “eating clean.”

What Is It?
The Eat-Clean Diet encourages unprocessed, whole foods only. This includes fruits, vegetables, lean meats and whole grains. Dieters should avoid artificial ingredients, preservatives, saturated fat, trans fat and sugar. Reno also encourages dieters to eat five to six small meals a day containing 200-300 calories per meal—all helping to control portions. Dieters may cheat once a week with something like a piece of dark chocolate or glass of red wine.

The plan focuses on controlling calories and maintaining regular exercise. Renoenforces not skipping meals, drinking eight cups of water a day and avoiding juices and alcohol among those listed above.

Kathy’s Pros

  • The plan is based on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meats. At Cooper Clinic, we view these foods as the cornerstone of healthy eating.
  • The five to six meals a day equal 1,200-1,800 calories per day. This number is within the range of calories we recommend for weight loss. Also, the meals focus on portions, not calories. Portion control is always encouraged.
  • Olive oil, nuts and avocados are listed as healthy fats to consume.
  • The plan encourages exercise. We have long known and proven that healthy diet combined with exercise leads to a healthy, longer life.

Kathy’s Cons

  • The plan excludes all saturated fats. This is extremely difficult to accomplish.
  • The plan excludes all white flour, sugar, juices and alcohol. It’s unrealistic to stay in those strict guidelines. We focus on making a diet work for the individual and their lifestyle.
  • The plan allows a once-a-week cheat meal or snack. Again, it’s hard to follow this in a social setting or when dining out without bringing a pre-packed meal.

Overall, the Eat-Clean Diet seems healthy and offers great tips for losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight.

Kathy recommends American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Roberta Anding’s, MS, RD review of the Eat-Clean Diet. See her remarks here.

Note: Kathy Miller has not read the Eat-Clean Diet

Food Pyramid Out, My Plate In

Last week the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a new nutrition guideline icon, and our Cooper Clinic registered dietitians were featured in a Dallas Morning News article discussing the news. The new nutrition guide icon, titled My Plate, shows recommended portion sizes for different food groups replacing the previous six-tiered pyramid.

Kathy Miller, MS, RD, LD, Co-Director of the Nutrition Department at Cooper Clinic, believes the old pyramid was for many people very vague and confusing and it really was not user-friendly. But with this new icon, what could be more user-friendly and simple than a plate?

For years Cooper Clinic has encouraged patients to control portion sizes using a similar plate diagram. Many clinic patients say it’s been the most helpful tool. Clinic dietitians recommend a 9-10 inch plate for adults and a 6 ½-inch plate for children

In Texas in general we tend to think in bigger portions. People think bigger is better. Here are a few tips from Patty Kirk, RD, LD, co-director of the nutrition department at Cooper Clinic when visiting restaurants:

    • Barbeque: Order chicken without the skin or turkey for protein, a cob of corn for whole grains and green beans or a side salad for the vegetable.
    • Tex-Mex: two corn tortillas for whole grains, along with a quarter of a plate of fajita meat, grilled vegetables and a side salad.

For more information about Cooper Clinic click here or call 972.560.2655.