National Nutrition Month, observed every year in March, is an annual health education initiative led by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics which aims to raise awareness of the importance of not just making better informed (and more healthy) choices about food, but also cultivating healthy eating habits and physical exercise.

The theme this year for National Nutrition Month – ” Enjoy a World of Flavors”highlights the fact that tastes from different cultures across the world aren’t just delicious ways to eat, but also a chance to recognize our region’s remarkable cultural diversity.

“We’re each unique, with our own bodies objectives, backgrounds, and preferences,” says Lucette Talamas who is a registered dietitian at Community Health at Baptist Health South Florida. “As certified dietitians we’re able assist in creating healthy eating practices that allow you to appreciate your heritage and your the flavors you love — or try new flavors.”


What is the difference between the registered dietitian and the nutritionist?

As per Ms. Talamas According to Ms. Talamas (RD) (RD) or registered dietitians Nutritionists (RDN) can be described as nutrition and food experts who meet the following requirements to attain their certification:

  • Attained a minimum bachelor’s degree from an U.S. recognized regionally accredited institution or college, and the course was is recognized as accredited or approved by Accreditation Council for Educational nutrition and dietetics (ACEND) which is part of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As of January 1, 2024 the minimum requirement for a bachelor’s degree will be changed from an undergraduate degree to a doctoral degree.
  • Accredited by ACEND for supervised practice program in a health facility, community agency and foodservice companies. This can be paired with undergraduate or graduate study.
Lucette Talamas and Amy Kimberlain both registered dietitians at Community Health at Baptist Health
  • The national exam was conducted through the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).
  • Comply with the requirements for continuing professional education to keep your certification.
  • Certain RDNs have additional certifications in specific areas of practice like renal nutrition, pediatrics, Nutrition support, sports dietetics as well as diabetes awareness.
  • In addition to the RDN credentials, many states have regulations for nutritionists and dietitians to ensure that each practitioner is meeting the minimum standards for safety in their practice. Thus, certain dietitians hold the LDN credential , which means they are licensed in their respective state of practice.


Do I need to give up the tastes I enjoy?

“Food is more than fuel – it is deeply rooted in our traditions, cultures, and individual preference,” acknowledges Amy Kimberlain who is a registered dietitian and Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) in Community Health at Baptist Health. “As Dietitians who are registered, our goal is to help people understand the possibility of filling their plate with the food they enjoy while still eating healthy.”

Mrs. Kimberlain says that regardless what cuisines from different cultures you like You should think about following what is known as the Baptist Plate, as adapted from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) MyPlate guidelines. It is a good idea to make 50 % of your plate vegetables and 25 percent whole grain and 25 percent protein that is lean.

“This gives you both micro- and macronutrients that your body requires, it’s healthy and can easily meet any particular dietary restrictions, cultural concerns or food preferences” Dr. Kimberlain says. “We must all customize our meals as we’re all unique and have individual preferences and tastes.”


What is the matter with carbohydrates?

Carla Duenas, a registered dietitian and certified diabetes care and education specialist (CDCES) at Community Health at Baptist Health suggests that you divide your meal into the three major food groups: grains, vegetables and proteins. “When eating Italian foods, for instance eating the Caesar or Caprese salad could count as vegetables, along with the added protein from parmesan or mozzarella cheese” she says. Duenas.

When it comes to carbs when it comes to carbs, Mrs. Duenas recommends asking yourself what exactly you’re in search of. Risotto? Pasta? Bread? All of them count as the same food group, she adds and adds how portion control can be essential for carbs.

In keeping with in the Italian food theme She suggests that you fill 25 % of the plate your most-loved Italian carbohydrate “If you can find whole grains, it’s better since you’re getting nutrients,” she says – and the remaining 25 percent can be a lean protein like grilled chicken or branzino.

Do you want Middle Eastern food? Do you have a craving for Middle Eastern food. Duenas suggests substituting labneh (thickened yogurt spread) instead of cream cheese. You can also consider snacking on hummus, or Babaganoush (eggplant dip). “You are also able to spice up your dishes using sumac or za’atar, or with a homemade lemon-tahini dressing for salads,” she says. “You might also want to explore kefir, fermented milk that is rich in probiotics, and is similar in flavor similar to yogurt.”


About the Authors

Amy Kimberlain RDN LDN

Amy Kimberlain RDN LDN is a registered dietitian and a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) working with Community Health at Baptist Health South Florida. The Dr. Kimberlain has 20 years of experience in dietetics and nutrition and is a advocate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics the largest group in the world of nutritionists and food experts.

Carla Duenas  MS RDN

Carla Duenas MS RDN is an accredited dietitian and certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES) working with Community Health at Baptist Health South Florida. A dedicated advocate of health and wellness, as well as the role of nutrition in managing chronic illnesses she is a renowned expert on managing chronic diseases. Duenas’ expert tips and suggestions have been highlighted in broadcast and print media.

Lucette Talamas MS RD LDN

Lucette Talamas MS RD, LDN is a certified dietitian working for Community Health at Baptist Health South Florida. She. Talamas enjoys providing practical nutrition tips to encourage healthy lifestyles that aid in preventing and managing chronic illnesses. Her tips and expertise are featured in broadcast and print media.

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