Today @ MAND- The Gut-Brain Connection: CBD, Probiotics, and More!

July 26th, 2021

Never judge a book by its cover – a phrase that nearly everyone has heard countless times in their lives which has been widely understood to mean not to assess judgement on appearance alone. This metaphor can also be true for ones body. Health is more than what is seen on the outside. It is also about the unseen issues that some face on the inside. Though, gut issues and mental health can rarely be detected by simply their outside appearance, it exists and are endured by many.

Erin Kenney, MS, RD, HCP, is a Registered Dietitian, Holistic Cannabis Practitioner, and CEO of Nutrition Rewired, a Boston-based company providing nutrition counseling and meal planning to help individuals achieve optimal physical and mental health and wellbeing, conducted a Virtual Continuing Education session on June 9, 2021 hosted by Central Mass Dietetic Association. She spoke about the importance of getting to the root cause of ones body not functioning at an ideal level and addressing those issues through an integrated nutrition approach.

Kenney’s session focused on how the gut and brain connect, and what could cause disruptions between them, nutrition’s effect on mental health with ways of focusing on nutrients, and the benefits and limitations of probiotics and CBD usage. She addressed ways to spot signs of gut issues and how ongoing stress can lead to poor digestion with also emphasizing the importance of testing for issues rather than guessing for optimal care. Signs and symptoms of gut issues can include anxiety, brain fog, chronic fatigue, sleep disturbances, weight changes, and more.

She had a fundamental feature on the importance of focusing on nutrients like proteins and healthy fats, along with minerals, vitamins, and probiotics. Specifically, one of the key takeaways from her presentation included how diet, specifically high-fat diets, can lead to changes in the gut microbiota and the benefits of fibrous foods, foods rich in Omega-3’s, Vitamin D, and folate. Each piece working together to strengthen and balance the mind, body, and soul for core health. Kenney addressed peer-reviewed research studies on positive effects CBD has been shown to have on mental health, along with sharing knowledge on how to purchase quality CBD.

Kenney was full of expertise and knowledge with the audience’s appetite wanting more. Learn more about her insight and wisdom with purchasing her Cookbooks: “Rewire Your Gut” and “Rewire Your Sweet Tooth” available in the Nutrition Rewired Shop and listen to her Nutrition Rewired Podcast where as a registered dietitian she brings cutting-edge, practical advice to advance your nutrition and de-bunks myths to help re-wire gut health. Also, follow her on Instagram and TikTok for daily doses of Kenney.

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Today @ MAND – Farewell MAND 2021

July 2nd, 2021

To the MAND community and beyond, It has been my honor and pleasure to serve as your President for the 2020-2021 year. When asked a few years ago if I would be interested in running for President, I had not anticipated managing an organization of over 2,000 dietitians and diet technicians in the midst of […]

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Today @ MAND – Summer Fun 2021

June 29th, 2021

June is coming to an end and this means change in MAND leadership and summer events and announcements. We want to acknowledge all the hard work of all the MAND executive team this past year and look forward to sharing some farewell messages, welcomes, and highlights of all the events this summer. Also, June is […]

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Today @ MAND – June 2021

June 4th, 2021

Food For Mood By Jody Bergeron, RN, BSN, MS, CEN One major lifestyle change that has the power to reduce symptoms of depression and or anxiety as these two are closely intertwined is dietary pattern modifications.  Have you ever heard of the antidepressant food score (AFS)?  A recent study in the World Journal of Psychiatry […]

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Today @ MAND – AAPI Month

May 30th, 2021

Did you know that all of May was Asian American and Pacific Islander month (AAPI)? We featured Karen earlier in the month and now have the joy of featuring Rosie. If you are interested in learning more, read here for the history of AAPI: https://www.asianpacificheritage.gov/about/ and read here for information on how to get involved […]

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Today @ MAND – We are open!

May 11th, 2021

After many conversations within MAND we have decided to open the blog to the public! This means many things, but first that we will continue to empower all nutrition and dietetic professionals, through advocacy and education, to serve the public as nutrition experts. We hope an open blog is the right step, and look forward […]

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Today @ MAND- April is Arab American Heritage Month

April 6th, 2021

DEI Spotlight: Norah Ismail As the holy month of Ramadan approaches this April, I find myself reflecting quite a bit on my path and where it has led me.  Born in Egypt to immigrant parents and growing up in communities where diversity was the majority, I never quite understood how “othered” my identities made me. […]

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Today @ MAND – Graduation time

May 19th, 2021

The end of May is always exciting for students. Graduation is finally here and many are starting to plan their next steps with either internships, graduate school or jobs. Toni Tirozzi from Central Mass Dietetic Association’s (CMDA) and a student at Framingham State University might already be ahead of this process, but we are excited […]

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Today @ MAND – Last Week of April

April 26th, 2021

What did you cook this week? I enjoyed some amazing hummus and even a picnic after a long bike ride. As April comes to a close, we hope you enjoy reading a feature of an amazing dietetic intern. Keep scrolling to the bottom for some speaker series. A Middle-Eastern Experience in the Western World As […]

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Today @ MAND- Election Results

April 22nd, 2021

Happy Earth Day! After a long anticipated vote, the results are in! The MAND Nominating Committee is proud to introduce the elected officers of the 2021-2022 MAND Board of Directors. Watch the blog for biographies in the coming months. President-Elect – Frances Parpos, RD, LDN, CDCES Secretary-Elect – Valerie Machinist, MS, RD, LDN Treasurer-Elect – […]

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