Friday, March 1, 2013

Dietitian Julie Feldman Gives National Nutrition Month a Grocery Makeover

Dietitian Julie Feldman Gives National Nutrition Month a Grocery Makeover

March 1, 2013, Ann Arbor

March is National Nutrition Month, an annual education campaign sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign is intended to increase awareness of the importance of making healthy food choices and establishing positive eating and physical activity habits.

Registered dietitian Julie Feldman and Spry Publishing today announced the upcoming release of Grocery Makeover: Small Changes for Big Results, a revolutionary diet and nutrition book that leads readers on an aisle-by-aisle journey to better health (Publication Date: April 2, 2013). In the spirit of National Nutrition Month, Grocery Makeover focuses on understanding basic nutritional concepts, learning how to make smarter decisions at the grocery store, preparing healthy meals that will appeal to adults and children alike, revamping negative eating habits, and taking manageable steps that can lead to major improvements in overall health and well-being.

In a recent interview, Feldman reflected the goals of National Nutrition Month as she discussed the philosophy behind her new book. “It is important to remember that you must be realistic with your health goals and nutrition standards,” she said. “Not every family is able to pay the $80–$150 per session it costs to meet with a professional dietitian. I hope this book can provide some very useful information in a way that can fit into anyone’s budget.”

Julie Feldman, MPH, RD, is an acclaimed public speaker and nutrition educator and is currently available to comment on a wide range of health-related topics, including National Nutrition Month, family nutritional planning, obesity, vegetarian and vegan diets, eating disorders, pre- and post-natal nutrition for infants and mothers, food allergies, diabetes, gastrointestinal issues, and cardiovascular disease.


Julie Feldman is a Registered Dietitian who works in her own private practice based in Farmington Hills, Michigan, where she provides counseling and consulting services to individuals, families, teams, and corporations. She thoroughly enjoys spreading the message of sound nutrition, appearing frequently on television and in print as a nutrition expert.

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I started my "working life" as a holistic and allopathic nutritional consultant with a love of cooking. Teaching the value of wholesome meal choices to families became close to my heart after I battled a long history of struggles with weight and health, and the passion for teaching led me into where I am now. My blog, which focuses on "bringing good taste to healthier food" through creative use of whole grains, fresh produce and acknowledging the importance of the occasional treat, also features a wealth of "specialty diet" friendly recipes for gluten-, egg-, dairy- and sugar- tree nut-free items that everyone can enjoy without alienating those who need them.

Overall, I want to bring back the desire for good quality, homemade, (mostly) healthy food into the hearts and kitchens of families so that the next generation will be less box-reliant than mine. I firmly believe that any “homemade” food, even when labelled as "naughty", is a more wholesome treat than pre-packaged, cookie-cutter junk. With the knowledge of good food (and how to cook good food) as a base, a healthy lifestyle can follow, and then anything is possible!