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How to be a Global RDN

  1. The World is getting smaller America has always been a land of immigrants and has attracted folks from all over the world. It has regional cuisines and year by year more ethic grocery stores and restaurants are opening. Food and culture go hand in hand and make us who we are.
  2. A little about me.. I am a Brit, married to an Indian living here with 2 American kids. I have traveled extensively and have a passion for learning about other cultures and cuisines. I have a food blog chow and chatter.
  3. Misconceptions…. Gloria Tsang @HealthCastleGlo frying/stir frying are known in Chinese dishes in N. America. Steaming indeed is the most common way of Chinese cooking Janice Pattie @serialcrafter yes they think Scots eat Haggis and deep fried Mars Bars Jacqueline Roll @how2beagourmand deep fried mars bars..need I say more Andy Bellati @andybellatti That Latin food is the same throughout all of Central America. So much Variety from country to country Ilke Turkish food is Greek or Arab Food Christy Wilson RD @Christyschomp when studying for the RD exam, typical Mexican food was generalized as “liberal in fat.” I’ll never forget that.
  4. Beth Anne -"The English have 200 religions and only one sauce." – Voltaire This perception of English cooking as bland and unimaginative seems pervasive. Velva Mosher Knapp “That Americans only eat hamburgers.” Elizabeth Besa Quirino Filipino food is often misunderstood. Those who haven't tried it think recipes are difficult to do & ingredients are hard to find. NOT true. See my blog to find out the real easy story ! Mely Mtz That Every dish we cook is spicy. That taco bell and Chipotle is Mexican food. And the list can go on Claudia Ingliss Haas That Olive Garden is Italian @FridaHernandezB a dietitian in Raleigh NC from Mexico That everything is spicy or drowning in cheese Michael Tan @kookabar When people say that all Filipino dishes are greasy and unhealthy. Our food is as diverse as its people.
  5. Many childhood memories are about food. We celebrate occasions with food Its key to embrace your clients culture and cuisine be willing to learn and let them guide you as you counsel on diet.
  6. Did you know? The Navajo are the largest Indian tribe in the United States. They live on the largest reservation in the U.S. which covers over three states on 17 million acres in the Four Corners area of the southwest. NYC’s China town with a population of 90,000 to 100,000 is one of the oldest enclaves of Chinese outside of Asia In the 2010 Census there are 50.5 million Hispanics and 14.5 million Asians. The highest Indian population is in silicon valley In 1990, an estimated 90,000 Hmong refugees moved to the United States most in Twin Cities area of Minnesota, California, and areas of Wisconsin Hmong food is usually home grown. Meats are usually fresh, home butchered, and shared among clan members to keep storage time short. India has at least 6 religions and each shapes food customs
  7. Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the America and Canada celebrating African Heritage from Dec 26th to Jan 1st The King cake is a New Orleans tradition eaten on January 6th it even has a baby trinket in it, thought to represent baby Jesus. For more than 200 years, homemade apple pie has been a popular dessert in the United States - so much so that the expression “as American as apple pie” is used to describe anything considered typically American. Charleston’s The Post and Courier opined in 1952 that “Given enough [grits], the inhabitants of planet Earth would have nothing to fight about. A man full of [grits] is a man of peace.
  8. Guess the Food..
  9. Religious Food Practices Hindu – mostly from India, can be strict vegetarian with no eggs. Or Just no beef (the cow is Holy in India), no pork either. Often no alcohol. Jain- no meat, vegetarian, no eggs and no onion and garlic Muslim – no pork and Halal meat although it varies between individuals, no alcohol, fasting is observed during Ramadan. Jewish – observe special holidays and often fast, can be fully kosher need to ask Mormon – no alcohol no caffeine Buddhist / Chinese often believe in ying and yang and hot and cold foods
  10. Guess the Dish
  11. Tips to embrace culture and cuisine Don’t just read do…. Go to food festivals in your town Visit local ethnic stores and don’t be afraid to ask for help Get recipe books from library Read food blogs Travel as able Visit local ethnic restaurants ask your clients where they eat
  12. Let Client guide you… Use motivational interviewing to guide discussion, then as you learn their cuisine work into meal plan ideas in collaboration with them. OARS – open ended questions, Affirmation, Reflection, Summarization
  13. Practical tips Cook Consider a home visit, I once visited a Pakistani’s girl’s home with diabetes and celiac condition with the nurse. Take a cooking class Plan a grocery store tour with your client If there is a support group have a pot luck for each person to bring their own cuisine Tweet and connect with food bloggers for recipe idea’s and help adapting recipes if a healthier version is needed.
  14. Practical tips… Seek stores that sell ethnic food familiar to client and learn the nutritional value of the foods Consider making photo cards of familiar food to use along with my plate Tweet with dietitians around the world for tips and resources Ask about family dynamics, when I worked with a Pakistani community the wife’s would frequently tell me that a lot of oil in the curry made it taste good and that their husband’s liked it that way.
  15. Resources Global RD list on twitter Food and culture pinterest board Professional dietetic associations Food blogs You tube cooking videos Local community American Overseas Dietetic Association - But remember your client is your greatest resource
  16. Conclusions By embracing global cuisine, I feel you will better serve your clients and increase the chances of them adopting a healthier lifestyle. It will also broaden your personal horizons, jazzing up the food you cook at home, who knows you may get the travel bug and take trips and cooking lessons abroad 