May is Mediterranean Diet Month, and a perfect time to brush up on the basics of this wildly popular eating style. The Mediterranean diet emphasizes wholesome fruits, vegetables, legumes and mono- & polyunsaturated fat, while also incorporating lifestyle modifications and a unique approach to eating that is worth highlighting. This webinar will shine a light on a bit of the research supporting the diet’s impact on health and offers practical ways to bring the Mediterranean diet to your own table.
During this webinar, we will:
- Review the significant features of the Mediterranean diet
- Discuss recent science that supports the benefits of this way of living
- Share simple tips for incorporating Mediterranean eating strategies into one’s own diet
- Highlight how to use Guiding Stars to facilitate following the Mediterranean diet
- The Mediterranean Diet: A History of Health
- Oldways: The Mediterranean Diet
- Mediterranean Diet Pyramids
- Lyon Diet Heart Study
- Predimed Study
- Whole Grains Council: Whole Grain Stamp
- Dietary Guidelines 2015-2020, Mediterranean Diet Eating Pattern
- Archived Guiding Stars Webinars (Cooking on a Budget, Healthier Home Cooking, Mindful Melas, etc)
- United Nations Mediterranean Diet website
Allison uses her background as a food and nutrition expert to help others adopt healthier living. Frequently asked to contribute to nutrition, wellness and family life blogs and publications. She also frequently speaks to community groups and leads seminars on nutrition, balanced diet and disease prevention. As Guiding Stars’ Consulting Dietitian, Allison supports Guiding Stars partners in using the Guiding Stars nutritional algorithm to educate the communities they serve.
Her thoughts on nutrition can be also found in her Guiding Stars health and wellness blog. Allison also serves as a Retail Dietitian for Hannaford Supermarket, a Guiding Stars retail partner. Her professional journey also includes maintaining a private practice, which emphasizes a non-diet approach and increasing mindful eating as the key to making better food choices and healthy living. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two young children and her dog Josie.
Kitty is a member of the Guiding Stars Scientific Advisory Panel, a panel of experts in the fields of nutrition and public health, formed to develop a set of criteria which resulted in the design of a now patented algorithm used to analyze food products. Kitty is also a food and nutrition communications expert and the owner of NutriComm Inc., a marketing and communications company that services food manufacturers, trade groups and public relations firms nationwide.
Previously on the editorial staff at Good Housekeeping magazine, she has written many magazine articles and contributes regularly to a variety of publications and websites, including the Guiding Stars blog. Kitty is also the co-author of several cookbooks. A member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and several of the association’s practice groups, she served two terms of service as the president of the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Kitty is also an adjunct instructor in the nutrition department at Southern Maine Community College. A mother to two young adults, she resides in South Portland, Maine with her husband.