Exam Room Nutrition: Nutrition Education for Health Professionals

Colleen Sloan, PA-C, RDN

Does providing patient education in a busy clinic day overwhelm you? Exam Room Nutrition is the go-to podcast for clinicians looking to revolutionize their approach to discussing nutrition with patients. In each episode, we’ll provide expert interviews and practical strategies to empower you to become a more effective communicator, tackling tough nutrition topics with confidence.  So the next time your patient throws you a curve ball nutrition question, you’ll be ready!

Disclaimer: This podcast is a collection of ideas, strategies, and opinions of the author(s). Its goal is to provide useful information on each of the topics shared within. It is not intended to provide medical, health, or professional consultation or to diagnosis-specific weight or feeding challenges. The author(s) advises the reader to always consult with appropriate health, medical, and professional consultants for support for individual children and family situations. The author(s) do not take responsibility for the personal or other risks, loss, or liability incurred as a direct or indirect consequence of the application or use of information provided. All opinions stated in this podcast are my own and do not reflect the opinions of my employer.

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Episodes

Mini Series | A Provider's Guide to Helping Patients Lose Weight: Part 5 | What Diet Should I Go On?
2d ago
Mini Series | A Provider's Guide to Helping Patients Lose Weight: Part 5 | What Diet Should I Go On?
What diet should I go on? Have your patients ever asked you this? As with most questions about nutrition, the answer, truly depends. Join me, Colleen Sloan, on the fifth episode of this 10-part series where I provide a review of the most common diets for weight loss. I'll help you determine which one would be appropriate for the patient sitting in front of you. If you're a primary care provider looking to enhance your nutrition counseling skills or simply seeking a refresher, join me as we make our patients healthier, one exam room at a time!Grab the companion PDF at examroomnutrition.com/weightloss, and let's confidently guide our patients towards their best lives in 2024.Listen to episode 4: Understanding Macronutrients US New Best Diets: https://health.usnews.com/best-diet/best-diets-overallSupport the showConnect with Colleen on Instagram! ====================== Exam Room Nutrition IG: ➡︎@examroomnutrition *** Stay up-to-date on nutrition hot topics *** Sign up for the Nutrition Wrap-Up Newsletter Nutrition hot-topics and professional growth strategies delivered to your inbox each week. This no-fluff blog simplifies nutrition for busy medical professionals. Support the show!If you love the show and want to help me make it even better, buy me a coffee to help me keep going! ☕️Just as helpful is sharing the show with someone who'd love it and leaving us a 5 star rating. Thanks for your support!
34 | Love Your Heart: Nutrition Insights That Save Lives
4d ago
34 | Love Your Heart: Nutrition Insights That Save Lives
In honor of American Heart Month, I am joined by Registered Dietitian, Michelle Rothenstein, to share invaluable insights and practical tips for healthcare providers to support patients with cardiovascular disease. From deciphering cholesterol levels to navigating popular diets like keto and carnivore, Michelle breaks down complex nutritional concepts into actionable advice.Key Takeaways:Understanding the nuances of cholesterol levels and how dietary choices impact heart health.Exploring the effects of popular diets like keto and carnivore on lipid levels and overall heart health.Emphasizing the importance of sustainable and implementable dietary changes for long-term cardiovascular wellness.Highlighting the significance of comprehensive risk assessment, including labs beyond the standard lipid panel, for early detection and prevention of heart disease.Connect with Michelle:@heath.health.nutritionisthttps://entirelynourished.com/Support the showConnect with Colleen on Instagram! ====================== Exam Room Nutrition IG: ➡︎@examroomnutrition *** Stay up-to-date on nutrition hot topics *** Sign up for the Nutrition Wrap-Up Newsletter Nutrition hot-topics and professional growth strategies delivered to your inbox each week. This no-fluff blog simplifies nutrition for busy medical professionals. Support the show!If you love the show and want to help me make it even better, buy me a coffee to help me keep going! ☕️Just as helpful is sharing the show with someone who'd love it and leaving us a 5 star rating. Thanks for your support!
33 | From Yuck to Yum! Strategies to Conquer Picky Eating
Feb 13 2024
33 | From Yuck to Yum! Strategies to Conquer Picky Eating
Do parents ask you for advice for their picky eater? Do your patients say "yuck, I don't like that" when you suggest they try some broccoli? How would you answer a mom who says, "my child only eats 10 foods, what do I do?"  In this episode, Registered Dietitian, Veronica LaMarca, joins Colleen to discuss practical solutions for 5 of the most common nutrition challenges faced by parents and pediatricians dealing with picky eaters.Key Takeaways:Responding to "Yuck": Discover effective ways for parents to respond when their child rejects a food with "yuck" and learn how to encourage food exploration.How to solve brand preference:  Learn how to gradually expand the child's food preferences through food chaining by making small changes to familiar foods.What to do when a child only eats 5-10 foods: Learn how to increase variety in a child's diet without pressuring or bribing.Family Meals and Environment: Understand the importance of family meals and creating a positive mealtime environment to promote healthy eating habits.What to do if a child refuses meat: Learn to reassure parents that kids need less protein than they think and they can meet those needs without eating meat. Whether you're a parent seeking mealtime harmony or a pediatrician looking for practical advice to share with your patients, this episode offers valuable insights and actionable strategies to help your picky eater transition from "yuck" to "yum"!Connect with Veronica on Instagram: @feedingpickykidsSupport the showConnect with Colleen on Instagram! ====================== Exam Room Nutrition IG: ➡︎@examroomnutrition *** Stay up-to-date on nutrition hot topics *** Sign up for the Nutrition Wrap-Up Newsletter Nutrition hot-topics and professional growth strategies delivered to your inbox each week. This no-fluff blog simplifies nutrition for busy medical professionals. Support the show!If you love the show and want to help me make it even better, buy me a coffee to help me keep going! ☕️Just as helpful is sharing the show with someone who'd love it and leaving us a 5 star rating. Thanks for your support!
Mini Series | A Provider's Guide to Helping Patients Lose Weight: Part 4 | Calculate and Count Macros
Feb 9 2024
Mini Series | A Provider's Guide to Helping Patients Lose Weight: Part 4 | Calculate and Count Macros
So what does it mean to count your macros? Is it necessary for fat loss?  This week we’re unpacking what macronutrients are, their functions in the body and how to calculate them for your patient.   Join me, Colleen Sloan, on the fourth episode of this 10-part series to help guide your patients on their weight loss journey.If you're a primary care provider looking to enhance your nutrition counseling skills or simply seeking a refresher, join me as we make our patients healthier, one exam room at a time!Grab the companion PDF at examroomnutrition.com/weightloss, and let's confidently guide our patients towards their best lives in 2024.Sources:Online Calculator: https://reference.medscape.com/calculator/846/mifflin-st-jeor-equationhttps://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25911631/#https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8912699/https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7539343/https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20351774/https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31039663/https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34171740Saturated or Not: Does Type MatterTrans fatty acids and cardiovascular disease. Nutrition Trackers:CronometerMyFitnessPalLoseItSupport the showConnect with Colleen on Instagram! ====================== Exam Room Nutrition IG: ➡︎@examroomnutrition *** Stay up-to-date on nutrition hot topics *** Sign up for the Nutrition Wrap-Up Newsletter Nutrition hot-topics and professional growth strategies delivered to your inbox each week. This no-fluff blog simplifies nutrition for busy medical professionals. Support the show!If you love the show and want to help me make it even better, buy me a coffee to help me keep going! ☕️Just as helpful is sharing the show with someone who'd love it and leaving us a 5 star rating. Thanks for your support!
32 | Game On! Nutrition Tips for Athletes
Feb 6 2024
32 | Game On! Nutrition Tips for Athletes
If you work with young athletes, this episode is for you! I'm joined by sports dietitian, Jessica Ashton, RD,  to help you know exactly what your athlete should eat before, during, and after exercise and how to nurture healthy habits that ensure a lifetime of peak performance. Key Points:Understand Macronutrients: Learn the difference between carbohydrates, protein and fat and the role each of these plays in an athlete's body.Pre-Exercise Fueling: Learn about the importance of pre-exercise nutrition for young athletes, including the need for carbohydrates to fuel energy stores. During-Exercise Nutrition: Explore recommendations for maintaining energy levels during prolonged exercise sessions. Understand when and what young athletes should consume to sustain performance and prevent energy depletion.Post-Exercise Recovery: Discover the role of carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats in supporting muscle recovery and replenishing energy stores after physical activity.Hydration Matters: Gain insights into the critical importance of hydration for young athletes. Learn how to assess hydration status and educate pediatric patients on maintaining proper fluid balance to optimize performance and prevent dehydration-related issues.Join us as we equip pediatricians, parents and coaches with the knowledge and tools needed to support the nutritional needs of young athletes, ensuring they thrive both on and off the field.Connect with Jessica:Instagram | @jessicaashton_rdSupport the showConnect with Colleen on Instagram! ====================== Exam Room Nutrition IG: ➡︎@examroomnutrition *** Stay up-to-date on nutrition hot topics *** Sign up for the Nutrition Wrap-Up Newsletter Nutrition hot-topics and professional growth strategies delivered to your inbox each week. This no-fluff blog simplifies nutrition for busy medical professionals. Support the show!If you love the show and want to help me make it even better, buy me a coffee to help me keep going! ☕️Just as helpful is sharing the show with someone who'd love it and leaving us a 5 star rating. Thanks for your support!
31 | Migraine Management: Finding Relief with Food
Jan 30 2024
31 | Migraine Management: Finding Relief with Food
Is there a migraine-friendly diet? Does sugar trigger migraines? Are there any vitamins that treat migraines? How much water should I be drinking? With at least 39 million Americans living with migraines, your patients are sure to seek your help finding relief.  Joining me today is The Migraine Dietitian Kelli Yates, to unpack the complex world of migraine management through the lens of nutrition. Key Takeaways:Hydration Goals: Encourage patients to consume 65-100 ounces of water daily.Caffeine and Migraines: Individual tolerance varies; limit caffeine intake to below 200 mg per day.Sugar Management: Balance sugar intake with protein and fiber to avoid blood sugar spikes.Supplements: Consider magnesium, riboflavin, and CoQ10 for migraine prevention; start with one and evaluate. Ensure vitamin is third-party tested.Consider environmental triggers: sleep, stress, smells, and bright lightsConnect with Kelli on Instagram: @the.migraine.dietitianSupport the showConnect with Colleen on Instagram! ====================== Exam Room Nutrition IG: ➡︎@examroomnutrition *** Stay up-to-date on nutrition hot topics *** Sign up for the Nutrition Wrap-Up Newsletter Nutrition hot-topics and professional growth strategies delivered to your inbox each week. This no-fluff blog simplifies nutrition for busy medical professionals. Support the show!If you love the show and want to help me make it even better, buy me a coffee to help me keep going! ☕️Just as helpful is sharing the show with someone who'd love it and leaving us a 5 star rating. Thanks for your support!
30 | How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label - with a Focus on Kidney Health
Jan 23 2024
30 | How to Read a Nutrition Facts Label - with a Focus on Kidney Health
Have you ever stared blankly at a nutrition facts label wondering what it all means? Or maybe your patient has asked you what they should look for on a food label? The nutrition facts label is an extremely useful tool for clinicians to use to educate their patients on making the best food choices. It is especially useful for patients following a therapeutic diet. Emily Campbell joins me today to unpack all the information that can be found on a nutrition facts label, in the context of kidney health.  Emily is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator specializing in renal nutrition.  Emily dispels common myths about kidney-friendly diets and highlights the importance of personalized care.  The discussion emphasizes a food-first approach, allowing patients to enjoy a variety of foods while preserving kidney function.  You'll walk away today knowing exactly what's on a food label and how to explain it to your patients, whether you're counting calories, protein or sodium!Main Discussion Points:Interpreting nutrition labels for kidney healthInclusion of plant-based proteins in renal dietsUnderstanding sodium, potassium, and phosphorus levelsPersonalized care and goal-setting for kidney patientsThe importance of a food-first approach in preserving kidney functionConnect with Emily:Instagram | @kidneynutritionCookbook | https://kidneynutrition.ca/Support the showConnect with Colleen on Instagram! ====================== Exam Room Nutrition IG: ➡︎@examroomnutrition *** Stay up-to-date on nutrition hot topics *** Sign up for the Nutrition Wrap-Up Newsletter Nutrition hot-topics and professional growth strategies delivered to your inbox each week. This no-fluff blog simplifies nutrition for busy medical professionals. Support the show!If you love the show and want to help me make it even better, buy me a coffee to help me keep going! ☕️Just as helpful is sharing the show with someone who'd love it and leaving us a 5 star rating. Thanks for your support!
29 | Sugar, Dyes and ADHD: Sifting Through the Science
Jan 16 2024
29 | Sugar, Dyes and ADHD: Sifting Through the Science
6 million children living in the US have been diagnosed with ADHD. Many parents want to know if there is any treatment outside of medication and behavior therapy. As a provider, you may be wondering, "is there an ADHD diet I should put them on?" "Should they cut out all sugary foods?" This episode will give you the nutrition information you need to confidently guide your patients in their child's ADHD management. Joined by an expert in the pediatric neurodivergent space, Registered Dietitian Breta Alstrom is here to give us the science behind common misconceptions about diet and ADHD.Key Takeaways:Foundations of Nutrition: We explored the fundamental pillars of nutrition for ADHD kids—focusing on fat, fiber, and protein. Omega-3s : Discover the evidence supporting the inclusion of Omega-3s and explore creative ways to incorporate them into children's diets. From fish to flax and chia seeds, we've got super creative ideas.Supplementation Strategies: Dive into the world of supplements, including multivitamins and the nuances of choosing the right options. Uncover the importance of personalized approaches based on individual needs.Caloric Boosting Techniques: For underweight kiddos, we discussed strategies for adding calories without introducing entirely new foods. From fortified milk to Nutella banana roll-ups, find ways to make meals both nutritious and appealing.Addressing Food Dyes: Delve into the debate around food dyes and their potential impact on behavior. Connect with Colleen on Instagram:Exam Room Nutrition IG: ➡︎@examroomnutritionConnect with Breta:Instagram: @the.neuro.nutritionistOnline: https://www.nourishedtogether.com/Support the showConnect with Colleen on Instagram! ====================== Exam Room Nutrition IG: ➡︎@examroomnutrition *** Stay up-to-date on nutrition hot topics *** Sign up for the Nutrition Wrap-Up Newsletter Nutrition hot-topics and professional growth strategies delivered to your inbox each week. This no-fluff blog simplifies nutrition for busy medical professionals. Support the show!If you love the show and want to help me make it even better, buy me a coffee to help me keep going! ☕️Just as helpful is sharing the show with someone who'd love it and leaving us a 5 star rating. Thanks for your support!
Mini Series | A Provider's Guide to Helping Patients Lose Weight: Part 1 | 3 Questions to Ask First
Jan 12 2024
Mini Series | A Provider's Guide to Helping Patients Lose Weight: Part 1 | 3 Questions to Ask First
This is the first of a 10-part series in which Colleen will equip you with the tools you need to guide your patients to achieve their weight and health goals in 2024.  If you're unsure how to help your patients who ask, "how do I lose weight?", this series is a must-listen!Throughout this series, Colleen shares invaluable insights starting with three essential questions to unlock your patients' weight loss goals– probing into their motivation, past attempts, and challenges faced. Alongside, get equipped to tackle psychological factors, balance macronutrients, and customize diet plans as we dissect the 'best diets' of 2024.If you're a primary care provider looking to enhance your nutrition counseling skills or simply seeking a refresher, join me as we make our patients healthier, one exam room at a time!Grab the companion PDF at examroomnutrition.com/weightloss, and let's confidently guide our patients towards their best lives in 2024.Support the showConnect with Colleen on Instagram! ====================== Exam Room Nutrition IG: ➡︎@examroomnutrition *** Stay up-to-date on nutrition hot topics *** Sign up for the Nutrition Wrap-Up Newsletter Nutrition hot-topics and professional growth strategies delivered to your inbox each week. This no-fluff blog simplifies nutrition for busy medical professionals. Support the show!If you love the show and want to help me make it even better, buy me a coffee to help me keep going! ☕️Just as helpful is sharing the show with someone who'd love it and leaving us a 5 star rating. Thanks for your support!
28 | One Family, One Meal: Fighting Prediabetes Together
Jan 9 2024
28 | One Family, One Meal: Fighting Prediabetes Together
In today's episode, we address the urgent link between childhood obesity and the looming threat of diabetes. Join host Colleen Sloan and esteemed guest Lucille Bessler, a seasoned Registered Dietitian, as they unpack the clinical pearls and practical strategies healthcare professionals need to reverse prediabetes and prevent diabetes in their young patients. Childhood obesity can be a delicate subject, but it's one we tackle head-on with compassion and actionable guidance. We discuss how to foster a family-centric meal planning approach that ditches the quick-fix diets and instead embraces nutrient-dense, delicious meals everyone will love. Key Takeaways:96 million adults have prediabetes, and 1 in 5 children aged 12 to 18 are at risk.Childhood obesity is the leading risk factor for prediabetes and subsequent diabetes.Approaching the topic of a child's weight requires compassion and positive reinforcement.Practical nutrition advice includes emphasizing a balanced meal pattern and high-fiber carbohydrates.The DASH diet is a simple and effective approach for promoting overall family health.Encouraging physical activity and addressing excessive screen time are essential for preventing diabetes.Sleep patterns and mental well-being are intricately connected to screen time, emphasizing its impact on overall health.Plus, I share some of my favorite high fiber snack ideas that kids will adore, from avocado crackers to homemade fruit pops. So, grab your headphones and let's shape the health of our future generations.Don't forget to link up with Colleen on Instagram @examroomnutrition for more nutrition tips and community support, as we strive to make our patients healthier, one exam room at a time. Connect with Lucille:Website: https://nutritionandfamily.com/DASH diet Resources:https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/education/dash-eating-planhttps://www.diabetesresearchclinicalpractice.com/article/S0168-8227(23)00577-6/fulltextSupport the showConnect with Colleen on Instagram! ====================== Exam Room Nutrition IG: ➡︎@examroomnutrition *** Stay up-to-date on nutrition hot topics *** Sign up for the Nutrition Wrap-Up Newsletter Nutrition hot-topics and professional growth strategies delivered to your inbox each week. This no-fluff blog simplifies nutrition for busy medical professionals. Support the show!If you love the show and want to help me make it even better, buy me a coffee to help me keep going! ☕️Just as helpful is sharing the show with someone who'd love it and leaving us a 5 star rating. Thanks for your support!
27 | Weight Loss Secrets: A Dietitian's Top Tips
Jan 2 2024
27 | Weight Loss Secrets: A Dietitian's Top Tips
New Year, New You! There's no doubt your patients are seeking your advice on how to lose weight in 2024, so in today's episode we'll answer 5 of the most common questions around weight loss. Joining me today is Melissa Mitri, an experienced Registered Dietitian and expert in weight loss.  Discover the truth behind fad diets, the pros and cons of weight loss medications, and the real deal about late-night eating. Melissa shares valuable insights on exercise recommendations, emphasizing the importance of finding joy in your fitness routine. Plus, unravel the mystery around strength training for women – newsflash: it won't make you bulky!As both a pediatric PA and a dietitian, I'm eager to share our strategies for compassionate patient engagement, steering clear of the BMI tunnel vision, and embracing a more comprehensive health narrative.Here are some Key Takeaways:Sustainable weight loss requires long-term lifestyle changes, not fad diets.Understand the pros and cons of weight loss medications before recommending them.Embrace a balanced approach to exercise, combining cardio and strength training.Explore the truth about eating late at night and discover better snack options.Learn how to refer patients to a Registered Dietitian for personalized guidance.Don't forget to link up with us on Instagram @examroomnutrition for more nutrition tips and community, as we strive to make our patients healthier, one exam room at a time.Connect with Melissa:Website: https://melissamitri.com/Email: melissa@melissamitri.comInstagram: @theweightloss.dietitianSupport the showConnect with Colleen on Instagram! ====================== Exam Room Nutrition IG: ➡︎@examroomnutrition *** Stay up-to-date on nutrition hot topics *** Sign up for the Nutrition Wrap-Up Newsletter Nutrition hot-topics and professional growth strategies delivered to your inbox each week. This no-fluff blog simplifies nutrition for busy medical professionals. Support the show!If you love the show and want to help me make it even better, buy me a coffee to help me keep going! ☕️Just as helpful is sharing the show with someone who'd love it and leaving us a 5 star rating. Thanks for your support!
26 | When Eating Hurts: A Dietitian's Journey with EoE
Dec 27 2023
26 | When Eating Hurts: A Dietitian's Journey with EoE
Join Colleen as we discuss the complexities of managing Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EOE) with Courtney Dunn, a fellow registered dietitian who not only specializes in this field but also faces the daily realities of the condition. Our discussion  explains the different food elimination strategies and why identifying personal food triggers is critical. As Courtney shares her personal experiences with EoE, you will gain a better understanding of the psychological challenges patients face, learning how empathy and patient-centered care are paramount in supporting individuals as they navigate the emotional process of dietary changes and strive for remission.  Our conversation underscores the importance of empathy in treatment outcomes, leaving listeners with a resounding message about the transformative power of compassion in healthcare. Join us for this heartfelt exploration into EOE, where wisdom meets warmth in the quest for better patient care.Resources:Medscape Article: Empathy Meltdown? Why Burnout Busts Your Empathy LevelsNIH Article on EoE:Eosinophilic esophagitis—established facts and new horizonsCourtney Dunn, RDhttps://courtneydunnnutrition.com/Instagram: @eoedietitianSupport the showConnect with Colleen on Instagram! ====================== Exam Room Nutrition IG: ➡︎@examroomnutrition *** Stay up-to-date on nutrition hot topics *** Sign up for the Nutrition Wrap-Up Newsletter Nutrition hot-topics and professional growth strategies delivered to your inbox each week. This no-fluff blog simplifies nutrition for busy medical professionals. Support the show!If you love the show and want to help me make it even better, buy me a coffee to help me keep going! ☕️Just as helpful is sharing the show with someone who'd love it and leaving us a 5 star rating. Thanks for your support!
25 | The ABCs of Feeding Picky Kids: Your Guide to Raising Good Eaters
Dec 19 2023
25 | The ABCs of Feeding Picky Kids: Your Guide to Raising Good Eaters
Are mealtime battles with your picky eater driving your parents up the wall? I've got you! On today's episode, Colleen teams up with Kristen Smaldone to share the ABCs of winning over the littlest critics at your dinner table. Kristen, a pediatric Registered Dietitian, brings her kid-approved ABC method to the table, crafting a trifecta of appealing, balanced, and convenient meals that will have even the fussiest of eaters asking for seconds. Say goodbye to mealtime battles, as we give you the lowdown on protein-packed breakfasts and the secret to a varied plate that keeps everyone happy.What you'll learn:Why early feeding experiences and the environment at the dinner table plays a role in getting kids to be good eatersLearn how to spot a pediatric feeding disorder by asking specific questions from the Feeding Matters questionnaire.  This tool helps you differentiate between phases of normal picky eating and signs that may indicate it's time for a referral to a feeding specialist. In Colleen's nutrition notes segment, she stresses the powerful influence parents have when it comes to their children's eating habits. Children are the best imitators that we have, so let's give them something great. to imitate. From modeling positive behavior to setting firm yet loving boundaries, we explore how to create a mealtime atmosphere that encourages curiosity and a love for healthy food.  Join us, and let's journey together towards nurturing a lifelong healthy relationship with food for our kids.Resources:Feeding Matters Feeding Questionnaire Support the showConnect with Colleen on Instagram! ====================== Exam Room Nutrition IG: ➡︎@examroomnutrition *** Stay up-to-date on nutrition hot topics *** Sign up for the Nutrition Wrap-Up Newsletter Nutrition hot-topics and professional growth strategies delivered to your inbox each week. This no-fluff blog simplifies nutrition for busy medical professionals. Support the show!If you love the show and want to help me make it even better, buy me a coffee to help me keep going! ☕️Just as helpful is sharing the show with someone who'd love it and leaving us a 5 star rating. Thanks for your support!
24 | Happy Gut, Happy Life: Boost Gut Health with Nutrition
Dec 12 2023
24 | Happy Gut, Happy Life: Boost Gut Health with Nutrition
If your patient were to ask you, “what can I do to improve my gut health?” What would you say?  Do you know how to improve their gut health naturally through nutrition? I am joined by Christa Smith, a Registered Dietitian, to unpack the strategies that are foundational to optimal gut health.What you'll learn:How to be aware of factors such as stress, diet, lifestyle, and sleep that can significantly impact a patient's gastrointestinal well-beingLearn to address the root causes of digestive discomfortWhy not everyone needs to follow certain restrictive dietsWhy "cleanses" are not helpfulUnderstand the difference between IBS and IBD and known trigger foods to avoidThe importance of dietary fiber and excellent food sources to recommendHow much caffeine is too much Stay to the end for Colleen's Nutrition Notes segment for an encouraging quote, you need to hear today!Connect with Christa: @christasmithnutritionSupport the showConnect with Colleen on Instagram! ====================== Exam Room Nutrition IG: ➡︎@examroomnutrition *** Stay up-to-date on nutrition hot topics *** Sign up for the Nutrition Wrap-Up Newsletter Nutrition hot-topics and professional growth strategies delivered to your inbox each week. This no-fluff blog simplifies nutrition for busy medical professionals. Support the show!If you love the show and want to help me make it even better, buy me a coffee to help me keep going! ☕️Just as helpful is sharing the show with someone who'd love it and leaving us a 5 star rating. Thanks for your support!
23 | Just Take a Bite: How to Get Kids to Embrace Veggies
Dec 5 2023
23 | Just Take a Bite: How to Get Kids to Embrace Veggies
"My child won't eat any vegetables!" How many of your parents tell you that during a check up?! Parents feel like they're in a tug of war with their kids when it comes to veggies and they come to the pediatrician looking for answers. So today we're guiding you in the conversation about getting kids to eat their veggies. And no, it's not pressuring them to "just take a bite" and it's not bribing them with dessert. I am joined by Pediatric Registered Dietitian, Leah Hackney, to help me you navigate this universal parental challenge. In this episode, we unravel the mystery of getting kids to eat their veggies and share practical strategies that will not only make mealtime enjoyable but also lay the foundation for a lifetime of healthy eating habits.Key Takeaways:Understanding Developmental Stages: Learn how developmental changes around the one-year mark can impact a child's selectivity in food, especially veggies.The Power of Modeling: Discover why modeling healthy eating habits in front of kids is one of the most effective ways to encourage them to embrace a variety of foods.Family Meals Matter: Explore the significance of family meals and how incorporating favorite options can create a positive association with trying new foods.Food Chaining: Uncover the concept of food chaining, building upon familiar foods to introduce new ones and gradually expanding their palate.Avoiding Sneaky Tactics: Leah advises against sneaking veggies into meals, emphasizing the importance of honesty and involving kids in the kitchen.Teeny Tiny Portions: Learn the art of introducing minuscule portions, allowing kids to interact with the food at their own pace without overwhelming them.Managing Parental Stress: Leah reassures parents that children can meet their nutritional needs over multiple days, relieving the stress associated with daily veggie intake.Join us for a fun and informative discussion that will transform your approach to pediatric nutrition. Ready to make veggies a source of joy, not frustration? Join us on this journey to raise healthier kids, one meal at a time. So let's start making veggies fun!Support the showConnect with Colleen on Instagram! ====================== Exam Room Nutrition IG: ➡︎@examroomnutrition *** Stay up-to-date on nutrition hot topics *** Sign up for the Nutrition Wrap-Up Newsletter Nutrition hot-topics and professional growth strategies delivered to your inbox each week. This no-fluff blog simplifies nutrition for busy medical professionals. Support the show!If you love the show and want to help me make it even better, buy me a coffee to help me keep going! ☕️Just as helpful is sharing the show with someone who'd love it and leaving us a 5 star rating. Thanks for your support!
22 | Journey through Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes: A Dietitian's Guide
Nov 28 2023
22 | Journey through Pregnancy with Type 1 Diabetes: A Dietitian's Guide
Does the thought of managing pregnant patients with Type 1 Diabetes give you the chills? In this episode, Colleen is joined by Lemma Brown, a Registered Dietitian, mother of two, and type 1 diabetic herself, who shares her invaluable personal and professional insights to ensuring a healthy pregnancy . Lemma Brown is living proof that  it's possible to have a healthy baby while managing this chronic condition as she provides us with a trimester-by-trimester blueprint for pregnant diabetics. Today, you'll learn:How first trimester hormones often lower blood sugarTips for navigating blood sugar with morning sickness  Why the second trimester can sometimes feel like a walk in park but, preparation for insulin resistance is keyStrategies, like food pairing, to control third trimester blood sugar spikesThe importance of avoiding over-simplifying nutrition You won't want to miss the end with Colleen's Nutrition Notes segment where she reveals 3 of the most frustrating nutrition recommendations that make dietitians cringe. This might be a gut-check for some of you, but it's crucial to tune in. You definitely don’t want to be the one spreading misguided nutrition advice to your patients. *** Grab your FREEBIE here! ***Click here to download for FREE!As a thank you for tuning in today, I want to give you my free guide: How to STEER Your Patient Conversations!I understand the struggle when a patient unloads a laundry list of concerns during an appointment. It's overwhelming, time-consuming, and finding the right direction in the conversation can be like searching for a needle in the haystack. You're busy, running behind schedule, but you want to be empathetic, helpful and ensure that your patient feels heard and understood. With this framework, you'll learn how to guide the conversation effectively, ensuring your patient feels valued and understood, while addressing the most crucial issues. No more chaotic, meandering appointments that leave you both frustrated. Instead, you'll build a strong rapport, understand their concerns and help them feel confident in your care. Yes! I need this!Connect with us on Instagram! ============================= Exam Room Nutrition IG: ➡︎examroomnutritionLemma IG: ➡︎ @type1diabetes.nutritionistSupport the showConnect with Colleen on Instagram! ====================== Exam Room Nutrition IG: ➡︎@examroomnutrition *** Stay up-to-date on nutrition hot topics *** Sign up for the Nutrition Wrap-Up Newsletter Nutrition hot-topics and professional growth strategies delivered to your inbox each week. This no-fluff blog simplifies nutrition for busy medical professionals. Support the show!If you love the show and want to help me make it even better, buy me a coffee to help me keep going! ☕️Just as helpful is sharing the show with someone who'd love it and leaving us a 5 star rating. Thanks for your support!
21 | Beyond Antacids: Nutrition Strategies to Manage Heartburn
Nov 21 2023
21 | Beyond Antacids: Nutrition Strategies to Manage Heartburn
Join Colleen Sloan and Registered Dietitian Patricia Skolnik, as we unravel the mysteries of reflux, its triggers, and effective strategies to manage it. It is no longer appropriate to give your patient a list of 10-15 different foods they must avoid to manage their reflux. So how can we offer relief to our patients?In today's episode, you'll not only have a clear understanding of general foods that MIGHT trigger or relieve reflux, but we also discuss the importance of using a symptom tracker, because not everyone needs to avoid the same foods.  And I think you're really going to enjoy some surprising lifestyle changes that you can suggest your patients implement. And you are really in for a treat today because we'll teach you a powerful exercise for stress relief that only takes 16 seconds. We'll also debunk some old wives tales regarding milk and its use in the treatment of reflux. You'll learn some red flags that should alert you to think of alternate diagnoses that you cannot miss. And make sure you stick around to the end for my Nutrition Notes segment, because I'm teaching you three strategies to prevent you from jumping to the diagnosis.So, get comfy, listen in, and let's make our patients healthier, one exam room at a time.Connect with us on Instagram! ============================= Exam Room Nutrition IG: ➡︎examroomnutritionPatricia IG: ➡︎ @patriciaskolniknutritionhttps://www.patriciaskolniknutrition.com/Support the showConnect with Colleen on Instagram! ====================== Exam Room Nutrition IG: ➡︎@examroomnutrition *** Stay up-to-date on nutrition hot topics *** Sign up for the Nutrition Wrap-Up Newsletter Nutrition hot-topics and professional growth strategies delivered to your inbox each week. This no-fluff blog simplifies nutrition for busy medical professionals. Support the show!If you love the show and want to help me make it even better, buy me a coffee to help me keep going! ☕️Just as helpful is sharing the show with someone who'd love it and leaving us a 5 star rating. Thanks for your support!
20 | Tiny but Mighty: Nutrition for Premature Babies
Nov 14 2023
20 | Tiny but Mighty: Nutrition for Premature Babies
Today's chat is extra special because we're diving into the tiny yet mighty world of premature infant nutrition. You know, those little warriors who steal our hearts and ignite our passion for giving them the healthiest start possible.We've got a rockstar guest in the house – Lauren Seaman, a registered dietitian and preemie mama herself. Together, we're unpacking the nitty-gritty of neonatal nutrition, blending professional wisdom with real-life experiences.Key Takeaways:Feeding Challenges: Explore the unique challenges premature infants face, such as oral aversions and a higher risk of aspiration. Gain insights into recognizing readiness cues and ensuring safe feeding practices.Premature Formula 101: Uncover the significance of specialized premature formulas like Neosure and Enfacare, designed to support preterm infants' nutritional needs. Get guidance on when and how to transition to regular formulas if needed.Introduction to Solids: Navigate the complexities of introducing solids to preemies, considering their individual developmental milestones. Learn why a combination of purees and baby-led weaning might be beneficial.Common Pitfalls to Avoid: Hear expert advice on steering clear of outdated practices, such as starting solids too early, introducing one food at a time, and weaning too quickly.Understanding Corrected Age: Learn the importance of corrected age in assessing premature infants' developmental readiness for solid foods. Discover how to calculate adjusted age and why it's crucial for tailoring nutritional guidance.For clinicians and families passionate about providing the best care for premature infants, this episode offers a wealth of knowledge, blending professional expertise with personal experience to create a valuable resource on nutrition in the neonatal journey. I know you'll find something you can walk away with today that will improve the health of your patients! If you have a colleague or friend who struggles with knowing how to discuss nutrition or weight with their patients, and you think they might benefit from my podcast, I would love if you could share this episode with them. My goal is to help as many clinicians as possible realize that nutrition matters and it is possible to educate our patients toward a healthy lifestyle, despite all the barriers we face.Connect with us on Instagram! ============================= Exam Room Nutrition IG: ➡︎examroomnutritionLauren IG: ➡︎ @preemie.nutrition.mamaWatch videos on YouTube =================https://youtube.com/@examroomnutritionProfessional Resources:Gestational age calculator on Peditools.org: ​https://www.peditools.org/dSupport the showConnect with Colleen on Instagram! ====================== Exam Room Nutrition IG: ➡︎@examroomnutrition *** Stay up-to-date on nutrition hot topics *** Sign up for the Nutrition Wrap-Up Newsletter Nutrition hot-topics and professional growth strategies delivered to your inbox each week. This no-fluff blog simplifies nutrition for busy medical professionals. Support the show!If you love the show and want to help me make it even better, buy me a coffee to help me keep going! ☕️Just as helpful is sharing the show with someone who'd love it and leaving us a 5 star rating. Thanks for your support!