How do you stay up-to-date on the latest nutrition information? With so many articles and sources, it’s tough to recognize what is reliable information on nutrition. While I am not a registered dietitian or licensed nutritionist, I do have a good amount of knowledge in this area and have attended some fantastic continuing education conferences on this topic.
This year I attended the Food As Medicine conference hosted by the Center for Mind Body Medicine. I was amazed because this was not just for health care professionals – there were people from the general public there too. While some of the subject matter may have been difficult to grasp for someone not well versed in clinical nutrition, there was something there for everyone. What I appreciated the most is the information received on good, basic principles. Many of which will not change even as new research comes out. For example, the herb Basil, will always be antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, and an antioxidant…in addition to being a fantastic staple in Italian cooking. And 1/4 cup of dry roasted sunflower seeds, will always contain 8.4 mg of Vitamin E (unless of course they become genetically engineered and we must also consider the quality of the soil in which the sunflower grew).
There was great new information and a highly knowledgeable local practitioner that presented on nutrition and pediatrics, with focus on children on the autistic spectrum. There were really great (and well-known) speakers, and it was great to network with people who think similarly about food and it’s affects on health.
In some upcoming blogs, I will offer some more blurbs of nutritional information from this conference. If it peaks your interest, check out the website in the links above and see if you might be interested in attending yourself. Or try this book for whole food recipes: The Healthy Mind Cookbook by Rebecca Katz, MS.
In Good Health,