Happy National Registered Dietitian Day!

Happy National Registered Dietitian Day to all my fellow RD’s and bloggers…!!!

Gina of Candid RD
Estela of Weekly Bite
Melinda of Nutrition, Food, Travel, and More
Rebecca of Chow and Chatter
Kristen of Eating RD
Kristen of Swanky Dietitian
Nour of Practical Nutrition
Georgie of Ask Georgie
Nicole of Nicole Geurin, RD
Anthony of From a Dietitian’s Perspective

I hope I’m not missing anyone! RD’s, chime in! Happy RD Day to you, too!

This is my 2nd National RD Day as I became a dietitian last March! March 8th to be exact! I passed the RD exam just in time to celebrate last year! Dietitians are the registered (and licensed in most states) professionals in diet and nutrition. I urge you to check out the above bloggers and learn lots from them just like I do! Nutrition is a forever evolving field and we are constantly learning together. If you saw my post from Monday on “real food” you know there are some extremists out there who have no credentialing to back up their claims. As wonderful as the Blogosphere is, always be weary and cautious of any off-the-wall posts or ideas. Anyone can be a blogger, but not everyone is a Registered Dietitian! 😀

If you ever think of a nutrition-related question, send it on over to [email protected]. My weekly Q&A’s help give accurate and helpful nutrition information to topics YOU want to know more about! Never hesitate to ask! 😉

So, Happy RD Day to all the dietitians out there! Cheers to a wonderful and rewarding career committed to making people healthier and happier one bite at a time!

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I must also update you on my garden! This past weekend I planted all my seedlings in starter kits (which are toasty under our bed).

…And painted my garden….WHITE. I was going for red, but the fencing to keep Miss Lily out only came in white. And I can’t have an un-stylish, mismatched garden!!! I’m really happy with the final product!

Total Cost: $343 (ahhh!)

I purchased a large planter and soil for basil after a recommendation from a reader to keep the basil out of direct sunglight some of the day. I feared the Oklahoma heat would just smolder the basil and I need basil to support my love of pesto which is currently costing a small fortune to buy in stores! I also picked up paint, fencing, and steaks to make where my vegetables are growing.

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Today’s NNM Topic: Hypertension

Stoke is the 3rd leading cause of death and is often exacerbated by the “silent killer”: hypertension (high blood pressure). Blood pressure refers to the force of blood agansty artery walls. Over time, too much force on the arteries can cause hardening of the arteries.

There are a lot of ways to control high blood pressure through diet and lifestyle changes, including:

Limiting sodium in the diet to 1,500 milligrams a day (2,300 milligrams in non-hypertensive individuals)
Smoking cessation
Exercise
Stress management
Potassium, magnesium, and calcium
Eating a high-fiber diet containing lots of fruits and vegetables
Reduce cholesterol, trans fat, and saturated fat intake
Reduce red meat intake
Limit simple sugars and sweets

Hi from Lily!!!

Happy RD Day to those celebrating! And Happy Hump Day to everyone!

Q&A on Friday — send in those questions! 😀

Be well,

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44 Comments

  1. lessonstolearn
    March 10, 2010 / 5:01 am

    Happy National RD day to you! I’m only about…4 years or so from being able to celebrate myself. Ugh!

    I love your garden. Lily looks a little frustrated that she can’t get in. Good move on the fencing.

  2. March 10, 2010 / 5:24 am

    Happy RD Day, Nicole! I hope you always feel proud of what you do, because I truly believe you’re making a difference. 🙂

  3. March 10, 2010 / 5:49 am

    Happy National RD day Nicole and your garden is looking beautiful

  4. March 10, 2010 / 6:32 am

    Happy RD day. Looks like Lilly’s big enough to bust that fence down. I’m assuming she’s good at knowing her boundaries? 🙂

  5. March 10, 2010 / 7:02 am

    wow, way to go with the garden! I’m so impressed and can’t wait to see what you start eating from it!!

  6. March 10, 2010 / 7:20 am

    Happy RD Day Nicole!! Your garden is alreay looking GREAT! Can’t wait to follow along all spring, summer, and fall!

  7. March 10, 2010 / 8:08 am

    I have a pesto obsession too! Plus it is so much better home made! Happy RD Day!

  8. March 10, 2010 / 9:23 am

    Happy RD Day!!

    Your garden looks so cute. I think the white was a good choice.

  9. March 10, 2010 / 9:56 am

    Happy RD Day Nicole…you are amazing!! 🙂

  10. March 10, 2010 / 10:53 am

    Happy RD day to you!!! I hope in a few years I can celebrate being an RD also. I love your little white picket fence around your garden, so cute!!! I am off to check out some of the other blogs you listed.

  11. March 10, 2010 / 12:11 pm

    Our local dietetic association celebrated by hosting a party at a place called cheesecake and crime. A book store that served cheesecake, and it was heavenly. Nothing like a group of RDs knowing how to treat themselves. Happy RD day to you!

  12. March 10, 2010 / 12:16 pm

    Lily is so cute!!
    I LOVE the fence around the garden. It looks so pretty.

  13. March 10, 2010 / 1:33 pm

    Happy Day! I love the garden. Wish I had a green thumb, I do not. Ironically I just read “Hungry Girl’s” newsletter, since she always includes the day holiday and this is what it says:

    CHEW ON THIS:
    Today, March 10th, is Registered Dietitian Day. Celebrate by hugging your favorite RD!

    So..in honor, here is a virtual hug 🙂

  14. March 10, 2010 / 3:09 pm

    Happy RD Day!!!!!! 🙂 I hope you’re getting all of the recognition you deserve today!! 🙂

  15. March 10, 2010 / 3:30 pm

    Thanks for the Happy RD Day wishes! And of course, same to you 🙂

    So the garden cost about $350 dollars? I think you will get ALL that money back eventually, and then some! I spend so much money on produce, I know having a garden will help clear that budget. Your garden looks so nice too, I love the little “white picket fence” going around it.

    Have a great one Nicole!

  16. March 10, 2010 / 3:45 pm

    Thanks for including me Nicole! Happy RD day to you too and all the RDs mentioned (need to check your blogs!) This is my second too, I passed my exam July 08 …

    I hope you’re celebrating it somehow. Work had lunch for RDs and I’m going for a RD day reception to network… fun fun!

  17. March 10, 2010 / 4:47 pm

    Happy RD day, Nicole!
    Your Garden looks so cute. I’m jealous!

  18. March 10, 2010 / 4:58 pm

    i have hypOtension, lol! HAPPY RD DAY! you’re a shining example of a dedicated and talented RD! i’ll be sure to check out those cool blogs

  19. March 10, 2010 / 7:06 pm

    Happy RD Day Nicole! Thanks for the shout out!

    Love the way the garden is looking. I love the fencing..I think its looking great!

  20. March 10, 2010 / 8:24 pm

    Aw man! I hope to make your list next year … 3 more months to go! lol almost there 🙂 Happy RD day lovely!

  21. March 10, 2010 / 8:34 pm

    Hi Lily! 🙂

    Happy 2nd RD day to you! I’m so excited to be joining the ranks in 1.5 years. The garden looks wonderful in white, and I agree – even though I’m partial to red, you can’t have a mismatched fence!

  22. March 10, 2010 / 8:58 pm

    Happy RD Day to you, Nicole! 🙂 I’m so excited at how fast your garden is progressing — and it looks so pretty in white!

  23. March 10, 2010 / 9:30 pm

    Awww that might be my fave lily pic! She is such a cutie =)

    Happy RD chickie!!!!!

    Your garden looks so pretty and I love lily in the background *she looks like a Where’s Waldo picture! ha

  24. March 10, 2010 / 10:52 pm

    happy RD day my dear blogging buddy your garden will be fab for sure

  25. March 11, 2010 / 10:19 pm

    Happy NRD Day!! Your garden is so cute and I can’t’ wait to see all the goodies that grow!

  26. Nicole Geurin, RD
    March 15, 2010 / 11:47 am

    Thanks for the shout out! Hope you had an awesome RD day too 🙂

  27. March 15, 2010 / 6:10 pm

    There is something so amazingly rewarding about going to your garden, picking some basil… then picking some more… going back inside and making fresh pesto. I lived on that for the past two summers, and luckily one of my basil plants seems to be quite hardy and made it through the winter so I already have some fresh leaves cropping up. Ahh basil…

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