Integrative IDEAs in Dietetics

This podcast is produced by the Committee of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access through the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM) practice group with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Join us to explore a range of whole food therapies and mind body modalities within different settings and cultures, and to celebrate the ways that our diversity in practice and perspective makes us stronger.

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Sunday Jun 23, 2024

Enjoy this episode with Denee Bex, MPH, RD, CDCES, an award-winning registered dietitian and owner of Tumbleweed Nutrition.  
Through Tumbleweed Nutrition, Denee works to celebrate cultural foods, partner with local Native-owned farms, and increase food access in tribal communities. She shares her passion for integrating indigenous foods into healthcare and the importance of building relationships with community partners. Denee also provides insights into traditional foods like blue corn and their significance in Native culture.
Don't miss this inspiring episode that sheds light on the intersection of nutrition, culture, and Native American community. 
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Sunday May 19, 2024

Join us as we welcome Aarthi Pauldass, an IT professional turned registered dietitian and breathwork coach.
Aarthi's holistic approach towards wellness focuses on treating patients through the root cause of their symptoms, one of which is stress management through breathwork. Through this podcast, Arthi introduces us to three distinct breathing techniques for various parts of the day. Listen in and discover how these breathing techniques can help your patients to manage stress, improve sleep, and induce an overall state of well-being.

Sunday Apr 07, 2024

Welcome to an enriching episode of The Integrative Ideas in Nutrition podcast where we delve into the fascinating journey of Amber Alexis; a public health nutritionist and registered dietitian based in Trinidad and Tobago.
Our guest shares personal experiences and memories around traditional Caribbean foodways, shedding light on how regional dishes, ingredients, and cooking styles significantly impact her nutritional counseling.
The episode further highlights our guest's innovative work where she integrates traditional cultural diets and modern nutrition science. Alexis elaborates on her mission to breakdown and highlight the nutritional properties of local foods and discusses her process for adapting evidence-based studies informed by integrated functional nutrition principles.
We also delve into the importance of open dialogue with clients in understanding their food traditions and dietary habits, fostering a stronger client-dietitian relationship that promotes comprehensive and personalized nutritional advice.

Tuesday Mar 05, 2024

Areli Gutierrez is a registered and licensed dietitian who has worked in nutrition and wellness in retail, government, clinical inpatient and outpatient settings. Areli received her Bachelor’s of Science in Nutritional Science from Texas A&M University and her Master’s of Science in Nutrition from Texas Woman’s University. She completed her dietetic internship at Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston. 
Currently she works as a renal dietitian for Davita Kidney Care where she has held many additional champion roles. Areli is committed to improving cultural competency as well as practicing with cultural humility and discusses this topic with other healthcare professionals on her podcast Food Culture Curious. She additionally presented at the 2023 FNCE on cultural inclusivity in the renal diet for Latinos.
During this conversation, we discuss considerations and strategies for inclusion of traditional and favorite Latino foods into the eating plan of those with chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Monday May 01, 2023

Lorena Drago, MS, RD, CDN, CDE, is a registered dietitian, consultant and certified diabetes care and education specialist. In this episode, she discusses how her career developed to fill a void in providing culturally-sensitive nutrition care for Hispanic individuals. 

Wednesday Feb 01, 2023

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Thursday Dec 01, 2022

Pamela Malo, MHS, RD, KYT speaks with us about her mind-body approach to nutrition, and provides guidance for creating your own personal professional path. 

Tuesday Nov 01, 2022

Aminah Ghaffar joins us to discuss the value of indigenous and knowledge-based healing traditions within the Native American community, sharing strategies for how to learn from indigenous knowledge while honoring the human source. 

Saturday Oct 01, 2022

Pushpa Soundararajan, RDN, LDN, MBA, AP, CYI discusses how Ayurvedic principles shape her perspectives and practice as a Registered Dietitian. 

Thursday Sep 01, 2022

Episode Summary
Sumiya Khan, MS, RD discusses how exposure to a diversity of cultural food practices have shaped her professional viewpoints, provides insight into Sanctuary Kitchen, and speaks to the role of storytelling and sharing meals in creating human connection.  

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