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The holiday season is in full swing. For some people this means a lot of stress! With stress comes some very specific and uncomfortable symptoms, including low energy, upset stomach, muscle tension, chest pain, rapid heartbeat, insomnia, headaches, and more.
There are other causes for headaches, including food related triggers. If you are experiencing headaches this holiday season or have been for some time now, take a look at the most common nutrition triggers for headaches below.
For the past several years, I have volunteered my time with the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in some capacity. I have served on the Annual Conference planning committee, as reimbursement representative, on the licensure task force, and for the past two years as the Professional Development Co-Chair. Our board and different task force committees are made up of very few, despite the fact that there are over 4,000 dietitians in Michigan.
The Michigan Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics is a state affiliate to the national Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND). AND is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals founded in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1917, by a visionary group of women dedicated to helping the government conserve food and improve public health and nutrition during World War I. The goals of the Michigan academy are to 1) ensure that the Michigan public trusts and chooses dietitians as food and nutrition experts, 2) improves the health of Michigan consumers, and 3) provide vast professional development opportunities to all members and non-members.
As a Michigan RD, with 9 years of dietetics practice under my belt, I feel that is it part of my responsibility to advocate for the nutrition experts in Michigan in order to serve consumers safely and effectively. All our committee members are extremely busy with multiple jobs, contract work, and families; however, we all find time to volunteer and serve our members and the public. Below are the reasons I feel strongly about serving and giving the gift of my time:
If you are a dietitian and want to get involved in the board or one of our task forces, do not hesitate to reach out to us!
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Have ya'll seen the movie Four Christmases? It’s that really terrible Christmas movie with Reese Witherspoon and Vince Vaughn. Trust me; it’s not good. But the movie is very relatable to many couples/families that run around on the holidays attending multiple gatherings on the same day. Thanksgiving is particularly difficult because you only have one day to see various families; which could mean many Thanksgiving feasts! This has been my story for the past several years and I know that I’m not alone! So, as a dietitian, I thought I would share my “making it through multiple Thanksgiving dinners” survival guide.
Allison Tropf, MS, RD, CSSD
Allison is a Sports Dietitian in Michigan. She enjoys helping others reach their nutrition and fitness goals through reliable and trustworthy recommendations.
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