Rachel Begun, MS, RD, CDN

Rachel Begun, MS, RD, CDNRachel is a Registered Dietitian. She provides education, communications and consulting services to health organizations and the food industry and educates the public via speaking opportunities, online activities and writing for publications, including her own blog.

The Dietary Importance of Protein
Much has been talked about protein recently, so I thought I help explain why this important nutrient is getting so much attention as well as give some tips for how to get enough of it while maintaining a healthy diet. Protein, carbohydrate and fat are the three macronutrients the body need, meaning they are the nutrients that come with calories and, therefore, provide us with energy. We’ve known for a long time that protein and its building blocks, amino acids, are indeed very important for the body.
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This Is the Year to Get Moving
As a dietitian, I have spent my entire adult life helping people to eat better. But when asked about the single greatest thing I do to keep myself in shape, my answer has always been regular exercise. I can say with 100 percent conviction that exercising is an absolutely necessary part of weight management. So this year, you’ll be hearing much more from me about the importance of keeping your body moving, as much and as often as you can.
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2013 Food and Nutrition Trends – Part Two
This post is a continuation of last week’s about coming food and nutrition trends in 2013. Of course, my spin on it all is how these trends affect the gluten-free community. The trend predictors are recognizing the health benefits of eating breakfast every day: Better performance in school and at the office, better memory, lower risk of weight problems, and potentially lower incidence of type 2 diabetes.
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2013 Food and Nutrition Trends – Part One
It’s that time of year, the few weeks before the New Year when everyone with a stake in food and nutrition starts predicting the food and nutrition trends for 2013. What I do is read through all of these food trend reports and pull out the common themes that are relevant to the gluten free lifestyle. Here is a list and links to provide you with an idea of what to expect when eating out and going food shopping in 2013.
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Local and Naturally Gluten-Free
I find it fascinating that the local food and gluten-free trends have simultaneously gone mainstream. The former is my passion and the latter my necessity (and expertise). As a dietitian specializing in the gluten-free lifestyle, I particularly love the emphasis on local harvest because it is a food trend that the gluten-free community can participate in.
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