These past few days I was in Boston for the Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo, the annual Dietetics conference where over 10,000 dietitians attend each year! The location for the conference rotates and this year it was in the beautiful city of Boston
I toured the city with my FNCE roomie Jo-Ann and we explored many places including Quincy Market and Harvard. Food highlights included coffee from Thinking Cup, an awesome lunch spot called Flour Bakery, dinner dates with friends from DC and Syracuse University, and this amazing Pitaya Bowl from Jugos.
Now on to the Conference! A big highlight of this trip is the amazing Expo where hundreds of food and nutrition companies show their stuff with samples, materials and all the swag!
A few of my favorite products that I tried are below -- some that were new to me as well as the usual staples. They were so delicious and the nutrition stats are impressive.
Biena Chickpeas (Delicious Chickpea snacks)
Betsy's Best Nut Butters (Unique flavors that taste SO good)
Another amazing part of the conference are alumni receptions! I attended the Syracuse University Nutrition Reception, where I went for undergrad. It was so wonderful catching up with old classmates and Professors and hearing about their newest ventures.
The Syracuse Nutrition Department is celebrating their 100th year next year, which is so impressive! Looking forward to going back to the University to celebrate this milestone.
Now on to what I learned at FNCE. There were many interesting sessions that I attended but a few really stood out.
Orthorexia Comes of Age: Perspectives on the "Healthy" Eating Disorder
Orthorexia is a newish condition that refers to someone who only will eat healthy, clean or "safe" foods, leading to disordered eating that is severely restrictive or limiting. This is not yet considered an eating disorder, but awareness of this condition is growing and more and more cases are being seen. The man who coined this term did the talk and it was very interesting to learn more about what to look for and how it is treated. While healthy eating is important, there is no such things as perfect and it is SO important to have a balance in order to prevent any disordered thoughts around food. This talk ties into my work with mindful and intuitive eating so I enjoyed learning more about it. There was so much interesting information that was discussed that I will have to write a separate post to share it all!
Using Science to Further Define FODMAPS
IBS is a common issue and one that I work with a lot with my clients. When clients have tried multiple food elimination diets and are having trouble identifying what is causing their gastrointestinal distress, I often turn to the FODMAP diet. This is a research based practice that removes certain types of carbohydrates from the diet so that the person is able to identify which ones are causing symptoms. After 2 weeks of eliminating the FODMAPS, the person then starts to add them back in to see which ones they are able to tolerate. While very helpful, the diet can be confusing and somewhat restrictive at times, so this talk was very helpful in guiding us towards resources and recipes that I can share with clients to make sure that they are successful. Again, so much information was discussed in this session and I will have to write a separate post to share everything I learned. If anyone has questions in the meantime, feel free to reach out.
And just like that, FNCE 2016 is done! Looking forward to next year in Chicago to celebrate the Academy's 100th year!