General Wellness

Private Practice

Nutrition in Recovery is a private practice founded by David Wiss MS RDN, who recounts:

The vision was born in 2006 ago when I got sober and used nutrition and exercise as part of my personal recovery. I had made attempts at getting sober previously, but never felt comfortable in my skin, mostly plagued by lethargy and anxiety, which left me pessimistic about sobriety. I had always assumed nutrition was about fitness and weight, which is how it is presented by society. But when I began to exercise and eat a wide range of plant foods, something dramatic happened to my mental health. There were dramatic changes in my body which served as positive reinforcement, but the real outcome was that I became optimistic and found some inner-peace. My thoughts cleared up and so did my skin. My bowel movements became regular, and my heartburn went away. I woke up feeling refreshed in the morning, and when I read recovery-related literature, it was actually sinking in. Previously it seemed as though my eyes were just skimming the page. At that point I knew that nutrition is important for recovery from addiction and wondered why no one ever told me so. From there I was able to quit smoking and became a non-competitive athlete. I can remember being extremely excited to go to the grocery store and buy fresh food to experiment with in the kitchen.

After working as a personal trainer for a few years, I was accepted into a master’s program in nutrition where I completed training to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. I worked at UCLA Medical Center and gained experience with eating disorders. The field of nutrition for addiction recovery was unchartered and I started a private practice immediately after passing my exam. I have not had a slow week since. I have run groups at many different treatment facilities and have trained other dietitians to do the same. I fell in love with academic research and began publishing scientific articles. I taught myself the basics of neuroscience, nutrition-related hormones, and gastrointestinal health. With this information I was able to conceptualize eating behavior in order to create real change in the people I work with. Most of my referrals come from previous clients, and mental health professionals who have seen my work transform people. Currently I am working on my PhD in Public Health from UCLA.

I am not attached to any particular food philosophy. I do not try to convert people to eat the way I eat, although I do eat strategically without much effort. I am a believer in using whole foods and developing life skills to cook and prepare food when possible. Supplements can be helpful, but they are designed to support behavior change. I specialize in helping people to make gradual and stepwise changes in their food choices. I am an expert in nutrition but can serve the role of a coach. I look at the entire dimension of wellness: food, beverage, exercise, supplements, sleep, sunlight, etc. I am recovered, and love to help other people become the same. I spend the first hour collecting information about you and from there will have a better picture of the direction we are headed. Some people need structure, other people just need a safe place to talk about food and body. Some people need tips for grocery shopping, other people just need some accountability for their recovery. I try to find the intersection between giving my clients what they want and giving them what they need. Let’s take a journey together and see where it goes!

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Vaping & Disordered Eating Video

Nutrition in Recovery is thrilled about our new monthly newsletter! Get the latest information on Nutrition for Addiction and Disordered Eating! Check out our latest video on Vaping!

This video is about Vaping, which can impact appetite, and be used for weight loss and control. In other words, vaping is linked to disordered eating. Exactly how can vaping relate to disordered eating? Find out the specifics!

Nutrition in Recovery is a group practice of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and other health professionals who specialize in the treatment of addictions, eating disorders, body image, mental health, as well as general wellness.

We send out a monthly Newsletter summarizing the latest research linking nutrition and mental health. Each newsletter will include a short video with some helpful hints and actions you can implement to improve mental, spiritual, and physical wellbeing for yourself and for your clients. You will be among the first to hear the findings and insights from cutting-edge data, and we are providing references so you can do your own research if interested.

Within the next year you can look forward to the following topics being covered:

Bariatric Surgery

Child Nutrition

Circadian Rhythms

Men and Eating Disorders

View last month’s video on Attentional Bias & Disordered Eating

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Nutrition and Mental Health

Nutrition and Mental Health

As a nutrition and dietetics student I developed an interest in the field of behavioral health nutrition. The idea that nutritional deficiencies or a variety of medical disorders could produce symptoms that mimicked psychiatric abnormalities [1] resonated with me early in my academic exploratations. The links between nutrition and mental health appeared to be a promising new area of investigation. In the past decade, research on the gut microbiome has documented compelling evidence that the bacteria flora in our intestines have a direct link to our brain and that these pathways are bidirectional [2]. As a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) working with patients with co-existing mental health conditions, I have observed an association between diet and depression. Practice experience has shown that dietary improvement can reduce some depressive symptoms [3]. Given that mental illness is a major public health problem, an emerging field known as nutritional psychiatry has received increased attention [4].

There are established links between depression and chronic diseases such as obesity [5], metabolic syndrome [6], and type 2 diabetes [7]. There are also associations between depressive symptoms and inflammatory bowel disease [8], as well as disordered eating [9]. Recent evidence suggests that altering the composition of the gut microbiome can lead to depressive-like behavior in animal models [10]. Because the human microbiome is highly influenced by foods that we eat, there may be an opportunity to improve depressive-like symptoms through dietary interventions. Randomized controlled human trials have shown that nutrition interventions can provide alternative or adjunct treatment for depression in common conditions such as obesity and type 2 diabetes [11]. The most common dietary recommendation is a Mediterranean-style diet with early trials showing a reduction in depressive symptoms [12,13]. Given the likelihood that nutrition can improve some depression-related symptoms, targeted dietary interventions should be considered a public health priority.

References

  1. Pollak, J., Levy, S., and Breitholz, T., Screening for medical and neurodevelopmental disorders for the professional counselor. Journal of Counseling & Development, 1999. 77(3): p. 35-358.
  2. Evrensel, A., and Ceylan, M.E., The gut-brain axis: the missing link in depression. Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience, 2015. 13(3): p. 239-244.
  3. Li, Y., et al., Dietary patterns and depression risk: a meta-analysis. Psychiatry Research, 2017. 253: p. 373-382.
  4. Marx, W., et al., Nutritional psychiatry: the present state of the evidence. Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, 2017. doi:10.1017/S0029665117002026
  5. Garcia-Toro, M., et al., Obesity, metabolic syndrome and Mediterranean diet: impact on depression outcome. Journal of Affective Disorders, 2016. 194: p. 105-108.
  6. Ohmori, Y, et al., Associations between depression and unhealthy behaviors related to metabolic syndrome: a cross sectional study. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2017. 26(1): p. 130-140.
  7. Dipnall, J.F., et al., The association between dietary patterns, diabetes and depression. Journal of Affective Disorders, 2015. 174: p. 215-224.
  8. Bhandari, S., et al., Association of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and depressive symptoms in the Unites States population and independent predictors of depressive symptoms in an IBD population: a NHANES study. Gut and Liver, 2017. https://doi.org/10.5009/gnl16347
  9. Kim, O. et al., Binge eating disorder and depressive symptoms among females of child-bearing age: the Korea Nurses Health Study. BMC Psychiatry, 2018. 18:13.
  10. Wong, M-L., et al., Inflammasome signaling affects anxiety- and depressive-like behavior and gut microbiome composition. Molecular Psychiatry, 2016. 21: p. 797-805.
  11. O’Neil, A., et al., A randomized, controlled trial of a dietary intervention for adults with major depression (the “SMILES” trial): study protocol. BMC Psychiatry, 2013. 13:114.
  12. Parletta, N., et al., A Mediterranean-style dietary intervention supplemented with fish oil improves diet quality and mental health in people with depression: a randomized controlled trial (HELFIMED). Nutritional Neuroscience, 2017. doi:10.1080/1028415X.2017.1411320
  13. Sanchez-Villegas, A., et al., Mediterranean dietary pattern and depression: the PREDIMED randomized trial. BMC Medicine, 2013. 11:208

 

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Food Politics Video

Nutrition in Recovery is thrilled to announce our new monthly newsletter! Get the latest information on Nutrition for Addiction! Check out our latest video on Food Politics!

Nutrition in Recovery is a group practice of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and other health professionals who specialize in the treatment of addictions, eating disorders, body image, mental health, as well as general wellness.

We send out a monthly Newsletter summarizing the latest research linking nutrition and mental health. Each newsletter will include a short video with some helpful hints and actions you can implement to improve mental, spiritual, and physical wellbeing for yourself and for your clients. You will be among the first to hear the findings and insights from cutting-edge data, and we are providing references so you can do your own research if interested.

Within the next year you can look forward to the following topics being covered:

Alcoholic Liver Disease

Attentional Bias

Vaping (E-cig)

Bariatric Surgery

Child Nutrition

Circadian Rhythms

Men and Eating Disorders

View last month’s video on Night Eating Syndrome

Nutrition in Recovery

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Thank you for all your support as we embark on the journey of improving the health and wellbeing of our clients and their loved ones.

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FNCE 2017 Reflection

FNCE 2017 Thoughts and Recap

I have attended the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo for the past several years. Traditionally I have attended as a representative of Dietitians for Professional Integrity, which is an advocacy group we formed back in 2013, to promote responsible and ethical sponsorship within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In 2016 I wrote a recap which highlights concerns around industry-sponsored continuing professional education (CPE) units for registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs).  FNCE 2017 was a celebration of 100 years and this theme was certainly central at the event.

I was not planning to attend this year but was alerted that I had won an award, so felt an obligation to show up! My award was for “Excellence in Practice” for Addictions and was presented by the Behavioral Health Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group. The award was presented at a breakfast at 6:30am Monday morning. There was also awards given to an RDN for excellence in practice in eating disorders, mental health, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. We all had a few minutes to give a speech and received little plaques. It’s always great to be recognized for accomplishments.

On Monday I went to a session called “Food Fraud” which was about deception in our food supply. Fake honey, mislabeled seafood etc. The focus was on seafood since there is much fraud happening globally. There is a website with more info. On Monday I spent an hour wondering the expo floor. It has improved from previous years, but of course Monsanto and The Sugar Association were present. It didn’t upset me like it has in the past, and I did not take photos since it is no surprise to anyone that these companies are here. Monday afternoon I attended a talk called “Intolerance vs. Avoidance” which discussed the intersection between food allergies and eating disorders. A certified eating disorder registered dietitian discussed common concerns around food allergies with restrictive patients and those with “orthorexia nervosa” while an MD gave some background on testing for food allergies.

Tuesday I went to talk on “Nutritional Genomics” where the speakers summarized the latest advances in the intersection between genetics and nutrition. They discussed a website called 23 and Me where one can send in a spit sample to get personalized nutrition information. Unfortunately, the recommendations are pretty generic, but I am still curious and will request a kit! The closing keynote was a physicist (Dr. Michio Kaku) who discussed “The Future of the Mind” where he outlined current advances that could revolutionize healthcare. I was most impressed by the contact lens with a screen on it. Digitized healthcare definitely sounds intriguing, but much of what he described seems like a potential disaster for mental and spiritual health. Overall, my experience for FNCE 2017 was different this year. I was not at the event as an undercover journalist. Just another RDN trying to make a difference in people’s lives…

 

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Social Media and Body Image Video

Nutrition in Recovery is thrilled to announce our new monthly newsletter! Get the latest information on Nutrition for Addiction! Check out our fourth of many videos! This video is on social media and body image!

Nutrition in Recovery is a group practice of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and other health professionals who specialize in the treatment of addictions, eating disorders, body image, mental health, as well as general wellness.

We will be sending out a monthly Newsletter summarizing the latest research linking nutrition and mental health. Each newsletter will include a short video with some helpful hints and actions you can implement to improve mental, spiritual, and physical wellbeing for yourself and for your clients. You will be among the first to hear the findings and insights from cutting-edge data, and we are providing references so you can do your own research if interested.

We will only send out one video per month and you can unsubscribe at any time!

Within the next year you can look forward to the following topics being covered:

ADHD and Disordered Eating
Trauma and Eating Disorders
Impulsivity and Decision Making
Night Eating Syndrome
Food Politics

View last month’s video on the Microbiome and Mental Health

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Do you know someone who might be interested in the link between nutrition and mental health or any of the topics mentioned above? Please forward this to them so they can join us and don’t keep us a secret!

Thank you for all your support as we embark on the journey of improving the health and wellbeing of our clients and their loved ones.

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Healthy Food Festival

Healthy Food Festival 2017 in Josephine County, Oregon

David Wiss MS RDN founder of Nutrition in Recovery will be the keynote speaker this year at the Healthy Food Festival in Josephine County, Oregon.

The hope is to translate David’s research into new and innovative addiction treatment techniques amidst the heroin crisis.

Event WebsiteHealthy Food Festival

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Microbiome and Mental Health Video

Nutrition in Recovery is thrilled to announce our new monthly newsletter! Get the latest information on Nutrition for Addiction! Check out our third of many videos! This video is on the microbiome and mental heath!

Nutrition in Recovery is a group practice of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and other health professionals who specialize in the treatment of addictions, eating disorders, body image, mental health, as well as general wellness.

We will be sending out a monthly Newsletter summarizing the latest research linking nutrition and mental health. Each newsletter will include a short video with some helpful hints and actions you can implement to improve mental, spiritual, and physical wellbeing for yourself and for your clients. You will be among the first to hear the findings and insights from cutting-edge data, and we are providing references so you can do your own research if interested.

We will only send out one video per month and you can unsubscribe at any time!

Within the next year you can look forward to the following topics being covered:

Social Media and Body Image
ADHD and Disordered Eating
Trauma and Eating Disorders
Impulsivity and Decision Making
Night Eating Syndrome
Food Politics

Monthly Newsletter

Please SIGN UP HERE so you will not miss out on this revolutionary information!

Do you know someone who might be interested in the link between nutrition and mental health or any of the topics mentioned above? Please forward this to them so they can join us and don’t keep us a secret!

Thank you for all your support as we embark on the journey of improving the health and wellbeing of our clients and their loved ones.

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Healthful Herbs and Spices

Healthful herbs and spices

Healthful Herbs and Spices

Many of us have eaten a variety of herbs and spices throughout our life without much thought about it. What you may not know is that in addition to adding flavor and making our food more interesting, some healthful herbs and spices have a number of health benefits. In fact, some of your favorite spices that you enjoy on a daily basis may be helping to fight illness, boost energy, and add years to your life!

Ginger

Ginger has been used for centuries for its perceived medical benefits. It has shown to have a powerful anti-inflammatory impact on the body, largely due compounds called gingerols. Individuals that struggle with rheumatoid arthritis have experienced a reduction in related pain when including ginger into their routine. In addition, ginger may have a positive impact on gastrointestinal distress and can help relieve symptoms associated with nausea. A simple and delicious way to enjoy fresh ginger is to make tea with it. Just place a small amount in a cup, pour boiling water over, and let steep for 4-5 minutes.

Garlic

Garlic is used in numerous cuisines around the world and is something that almost everyone has tried at some point in their life. In fact, there is evidence that Ancient Egyptians cultivated garlic as far back as 5,000 years ago. When eaten regularly, it can have a dramatic impact on the cardiovascular system. The “stinking rose” as it is sometimes referred to helps to protect blood vessels and blood cells from oxidative and inflammatory stress. This can assist in reducing chances of atherosclerosis and heart attack. Fresh garlic can be enjoyed in a countless number of ways to add depth of flavor. It is the perfect addition to marinades, salad dressings, soups, and stews.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon has a host of health benefits when eaten regularly, in large part due to a compound called cinnamaldehyde. This compound is also responsible for giving cinnamon its distinct flavor and aroma. Some research has shown cinnamon to have a positive impact on insulin resistance and may have an anti-diabetic effect when enjoyed consistently. It is able to help decrease the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream after a meal by interfering with several digestive enzymes that break down carbohydrates. Cinnamon is easy to include in your routine and makes a delicious tea when combined with ginger. Sprinkle some on sweet potatoes and roast in the oven for an incredible treat!

Turmeric

Turmeric has a distinct flavor and color and is used by a variety of different cultures in a number of different recipes. It contains a compound called curcumin that has been proven to contain powerful anti-cancer properties. In particular, it has been studied for its impact on cancers of the digestive tract. In addition, it is useful in the fight against Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and inflammatory bowel disease. Turmeric can be enjoyed in a variety of ways including salad dressings, tea, and other ethnic dishes.

Going Forward

Healthful herbs and spices not only provide delicious flavor to our meals and snacks, but also a host of health benefits. The inclusion of spices in cooking can also help to reduce the need for added salt or sugar. Find your favorite herbs and spices and include them regularly!

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Public Health Private Profits Conference

Public Health Private Profits

Public Health Private Profits One Day Conference April 1, 2017

The Los Angeles District (LAD) of the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics presents our first annual conference on April 1, 2017 at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. The conference is titled “Public Health and Private Profits: A Dialogue about Critical Topics Shaping the Future of the Dietetic Profession”

We are beyond excited to host this event to discuss issues which we feel are of paramount importance to our profession, and are not being adequately addressed at the state and national conferences.

The event is approved for 5.5 CPEs for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists

Learning Codes Covered:

1050: ETHICS
1070: LEADERSHIP, CRITICAL & STRATEGIC THINKING
2040: FOOD SCIENCE, GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD
5200: DISORDERED EATING

 Public Health Private Profits

Topics which will be discussed include:

Corporate Sponsorship

GMOs

Food Addiction

Speakers:

Opening Keynote:

Michele Simon, JD, MPH “Avoiding Conflicts of Interest When Working in the Public’s Interest”

Corporate Sponsorship:

Bonnie Y. Modugno, MS, RDN, CLE “Selling my Time, not my Integrity”

Andy Bellatti, MS, RDN “Public-Private Partnerships: A Political Slippery Slope”

GMOs:

Amanda Maxham, PhD “Why GMOs are a Good Thing”

Melinda Hemmelgarn, MS, RDN “GMOs: What Dietitians Need to Know”

Food Addiction:

Peter Pressman, MD “Food Addiction: Clinical Reality or Mythology”

David A. Wiss, MS, RDN “Food Addiction: What Dietitians Need to Know”

Register for the Conference HERE

Conference Website HERE

 

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