Ask the Dietitian

Submitted by Carilion Dietitian on Thu, 06/29/2017 - 1:04pm
Good for you for making some lifestyle changes after your health scare!  Quitting smoking will be one of the best ways to improve your health, keep working on that.  Unfortunately there are so many apps out there to choose from!  We do not endorse any one app over another.  If you have a smart...
Submitted by Carilion Dietitian on Tue, 06/27/2017 - 2:46pm
Hi Diane, Thank you for your question, your sudden sensitivity to dried pinto beans could be caused by several factors.  If the pinto beans were from the same batch of beans, they could have a fungus or have been sprayed with a pesticide that made you sick.  If you are intolerant of all dried beans...
Submitted by Carilion Dietitian on Mon, 05/08/2017 - 10:52am
Hi Jack: Glad you liked the article on hydration.  Yes, decaffeinated coffee does count towards your daily fluid intake, as well as herbal teas and decaffeinated teas.  Caffeinated coffee, tea and alcohol actually cause the body to lose water as they are considered diuretics.  However, new research...
Submitted by Carilion Dietitian on Wed, 03/29/2017 - 1:44pm
Hi Mark: Sorry, but the RD's have not heard of Dr. Michael Klaper and Dr. Michael Greger and the miracles of a plant based diet healing disease.  This writer has read the book of Dr. Dean Ornish and the program for reversing Heart Disease with a plant based diet, however.
Submitted by Carilion Dietitian on Mon, 03/20/2017 - 1:09pm
Hi!  Thank you so much for your question.  We are certianly all really busy with our schedules and it can be hard to get some healthier meal options on the table.  I will say upfront that this will require a little bit of pre-planning to get a few healthy meals added to your week.  Take a few...
Submitted by Carilion Dietitian on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 8:04am
Title: Appointment with a dietitian Question: How do I make an appointment with a dietitian? Answer: Thanks for the question Patsy. To make an appointment with a dietitian call 1-800-422-8482. We would be glad to try to help you reach your weight goals. The cost for the appointment ranges between...
Submitted by Carilion Dietitian on Wed, 02/01/2017 - 8:04am
Title: Appointment with a dietitian Question: How do I make an appointment with a dietitian? Answer: Thanks for the question Patsy. To make an appointment with a dietitian call 1-800-422-8482. We would be glad to try to help you reach your weight goals. The cost for the appointment ranges between...
Submitted by Carilion Dietitian on Mon, 01/30/2017 - 9:09am
Great question.  On intake, a patient or the patient's family is normally asked about any food allergies and these are then added to the patient's allergy list along with any medication sensitivities or allergies.  You should also alert each oncoming nurse about the patient's allergies.  The...
Submitted by Carilion Dietitian on Thu, 01/19/2017 - 2:49pm
Thank you for your question.  Carilion does not do these sorts of tests.  We do not endorse any providers who perform this testing, but they can be found on the web.  One I recently found out about is Wellio by PreviMedica.  Again, I am not endorsing this company. There are also holistic...
Submitted by Carilion Dietitian on Thu, 01/19/2017 - 2:33pm
Hi Ester: Yes, you are correct, brown rice syrup is quite high in sugar content and is also high on the glycemic index. By the time rice syrup reaches your small intestine and gets broken down, it is basically just 100% glucose, the same sugar that raises blood sugar levels.  If you are trying to...