What is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?

The Institute of Medicine identifies registered dietitians as qualified professionals for nutrition therapy. According to IOM, “the registered dietitian is currently the single identifiable group of health-care professionals with standardized education, clinical training, continuing education and national credentialing requirements necessary to be directly reimbursed as a provider of nutrition therapy.” A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD or RDN – these credentials can be used interchangeably) is a food and nutrition expert who has at least a …

Handling a Hurricane – Tips for Parents

With numerous activities involved in preparing for hurricane season, don’t neglect to spend a few minutes safeguarding your most important asset- your children. The “unknown” can create stress for families both before and after the storm. Taking the time to prepare you young ones for the hazardous weather can save you from unwanted meltdowns.  Children who have been prepared, and whose parents handle the disaster well, have a greater ability to cope with the stress. …

Apps for Kids – (That Parents will Love!)

Summer time! Kids can enjoy camp, playing outside, and down time.. LOTS of down time! Down time which turns into “boredom” which turns into “Can I use your phone?!” There are more than enough apps to keep kids preoccupied, however some give your children a little more than entertainment. Here is a list of some apps to download today! Super Hero Comic Book Maker (Duck Duck Moose) – Imagination and creativity are key in childhood development. …

From Illness to Wellness

Most people who know me, know that I am an avid reader of spiritual, psychological and health & wellness books.  A book I frequently use in my work is “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life” by Marshall Rosenberg, Ph.D.  The title isn’t so appealing to most lay people, but the content is a treasure for all humans who endeavor to live life with fullness and passion.  Don’t get me wrong, it is not about sex, …

Savor the Flavor of Nutrition: Olive Oil

I knew I liked olive oil, but after visiting Spain and Italy, I developed a newfound interest in it, something so basic.   As I think about being an intuitive eater, I am reminded that our bodies enjoy foods that are healthful for them – sometimes we simply need to slow down, pay attention and taste.   So take a moment to do so, knowing that olive oil is also helping you in a variety of ways, …

10 Easy Ways to Reduce Stress at Work

Even if you are working at your dream job, stress can sap your effectiveness and your enthusiasm.  Much of what people do to reduce stress can cause more harm than good (like smoking or complaining to others.) Here are ten easy ways to reduce the stress reaction brought on by our everyday grind.  They are simple and most of them take less time than changing the ink cartridge in the printer! You can start with …

Is Restricting Food Really OK?

“We don’t keep bread in the house.”     “One serving is enough – kids don’t need seconds.”      “We just have protein and veggies at dinner.”      “Why is my child sneaking food and snacking all the time?!” Hmmm – at first glance, these may seem like separate, unrelated statements.  There is, however, a common thread and a chain reaction that is in play throughout the scenarios…and it all starts with restriction.  Carb …

Say NO to “Fat Talk”!

More often than not, when we see someone who we have not seen in a while, it is not uncommon to make a comment about his or her shape or size. This is clearly not shocking when one considers the world we live in. However, even if body-focused comments are intended as compliments, I challenge each and every one of you to be mindful of body talk. For those struggling with an eating disorder or …

What is Child Coaching?

Child coaching is a therapeutic tool that can be used to supplement existing therapy or on it’s own to help children cope with minor struggles or behavioral problems.  It is an economical and effective support to help children deal with school stress, disorganization, behavioral concerns and issue specific support such as loss of a loved one or a parent in recovery.  Child coaching at Therapeutic Oasis is based on a therapeutic model making it an …

Emotional Eating

Emotional Eating. This term has become a bit of a buzz word in recent years, typically having negative connotations and leading to the assumption that we should completely learn to separate emotions from our entire eating process.  This couldn’t be further from the truth, however.   In fact, our feeding relationship is best healed and balanced when we allow ourselves to (1) feel our emotions without judgment, and (2) eat with joy and awareness. When …