Hi everyone! Sorry my posting schedule has been a little erratic, it might be that way for the next month or so, hang in there with me! As you know, Thurs- Tues I was in Atlanta, Georgia for the Food and Nutrition Conference hosted by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I really loved the city, actually yesterday I posted some pictures of just the city. I feel like I’ve been non- stop for the last week, well I always feel like that, but it was a good feeling.
(PS There is an awesome little giveaway at the end of this post!)
The first day was particularly exciting because I took a food photography class hosted by Regan Jones and Liz Weiss. I was excited to meet both of them because Regan is co-founder of the Recipe Redux which has been such a blast to participate in and Liz is an inspiration with her site focused on family friendly meals. I learned SO MUCH about food photography during the class, plus I had a blast!
(Unfortunately, due to poor planning on my part I won’t be participating in the Recipe Redux this month. I really encourage you to check out some of my favorite redux blogs like Anne’s and Kara’s. The theme is a really good one I’m sorry to miss: Spooky Spices! )
This photo was taken with my iPhone under horrible lighting for practice.
And edited to this using snapseed, not so bad (not great but much improved photo).
Just a few tips I picked up:
- Food always looks better wet and sexy!
- Ideally at least 1/2 the dish should be seen
- instagram pictures using no filters are doing better right now
- iphone photo apps- shoot in Camera Plus and Edit in Snapseed
- Use your iphone for overhead shots
- To prevent “camera shake” set the timer to delay your shot for 2 seconds
Those were just a few of the many tips I picked up, if you ever have a chance to take this pre-FNCE workshop I would HIGHLY recommend it!
The rest of the conference was a world wind of so much good information. Of course, I had a lot of fun at the social media booth as well.
Dress from target and jacket from express 🙂 Okay maybe I had a little too much fun.
I’m also the social media coordinator for the Arizona Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (shameless plug: follow us on twitter and facebook) so I loved getting to know some Arizona Dietitians and Students better at the networking events and at the sessions!
One of the most interesting sessions I attended was on how the bacteria in the gut can affect obesity. Here are some facts I learned:
- Obesity can be effected by an alteration in gut microbiota.
- In mice, simply changing their gut microbiome can induce weight gain.
- Gut Microbiota may play a role in metabolism and insulin sensitivity
- An alteration in gut microbiota after bypass surgery may be a reason why insulin sensitivity improvement is seen before weight loss.
- Artificial Sweeteners may play a role in altering the microbiota leading to weight gain and insulin resistance.
- Exposure to antibiotics earlier on in life (infancy and childhood) is most important for establishment of the optimal gut microbiome
- Strategies to promote healthy gut microbiome include avoid excessive use of antibiotics, use probiotics, prebiotics, synbiotics, genetically modified bacteria, bacterial components, and microbiota transplantation (fecal transportation)
Another session I attended regarding Integrative and Functional Nutrition touched on probiotics and prebiotics briefly touched on the following:
- Probiotics- are actual bacteria used to recolonize, but are only effective while you take them.
- Prebiotics- usually fiber sources are food for the the bacteria and could be more useful in establishing gut microbiome over time.
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I hope you have a great rest of your day! I’m off to physical therapy, clean the house, get some work done!