Interview with Kaitlyn Nemunaitis, RD | Disease Prevention + Nutrition



you do look really did hey guys I'm here with my friend Caitlin and she is a health professional and I wanted to dive into her different roles in the healthcare industry all right hey guys I'm a registered dietician and what that means is that I did a four-year undergraduate degree in nutrition and one year Dietetic internship and then I studied and took a licensing exam so that gave me the credential of Rd LD in the state of Ohio beyond so that I can practice nutrition in the clinical setting or wellness or wherever that might be yeah as a clinical dietitian you go into hospitals yes and then talk about that so I've never heard of that before until you just told me about it yes so there's all different types of dietitians you know we can work in hospitals we can work in nursing homes schools you know the opportunities are endless grocery stores community clinics the food bank but in my setting I know it is with it yeah and my studying we do a lot of dealing with people who are managing chronic disease so these are people who have heart failure diabetes that's become uncontrolled you know renal failure so I've seen people go from you know just having an infection in their toe to having their whole leg amputated to going blind renal failure yeah it's pretty scary so and this is all tied to your nutrition and how you meet so that's um that people need to be aware of yeah and that's one of the reasons I wanted to do this is because I feel like people don't really talk about that it's kind of like hush-hush and then by the time that actually it's happening it's like oh my god it's scary it's like actually life-threatening and these crazy things are happening to your body and it might be too late at that point right and what scares me the most is that these people you know often there are 40 50 60 years old and dealing with you know this uncontrolled diabetes or whatever their condition might be and I go to talk to them about it and talk to them how they're controlling their blood sugar and what their diet is and they don't no idea what I'm talking about so I think there's a huge yeah there's a huge lack of nutrition education over the lifetime I think children to adults so we're just not getting it and I think it's a lot more complicated than people realize which is why I think they need people like dieticians or you know nutritionist health coach whatever to kind of help people with this stuff because it is it's tough it's not always simple when you know we've got all these different products out there right yeah all these different claims my sentence baby right it's right so I mean so it's kind of my job to help them navigate that messy world of nutrition and that's our store and everything so when I was growing up I would see his dolls like taking a laundry list of pills and when I would ask that like what is that why you're taking that they would just say it's just what happens when you get older and I it scared me because I'm like is this my fate is this what I'm gonna have to do and I'm older like that's really scary but then I started like researching just how fluid body works and it sounds like your position instead of running two pills it's the opposite of that so instead of automatically just going to pills and medication you're changing your lifestyle to solve these issues in your body which i think is amazing yeah that's a really good point so a lot of the people I work with they have the option you know I can't force them to do anything it's something that they have to work but I say hey you have high blood pressure okay this is affecting your health and you know it's not going to be good food if you continue to eat a high sodium diet okay because that causes your blood pressure to rise a lot of sodium in the diet salt so you know but these people they don't want to do that they don't want to have to eat healthy they don't want to put in that effort so they just take another pill yeah and that pillow causes this side effects they take another path and then gene creation exactly and it's sad because all they had to do was make some very simple lifestyle changes and they weren't willing to do it yeah so it is it's really hard being a dietician a lot of the times more so than it's easy because like let me help you right you know and it's just people don't want to put in the effort and especially I think younger people are kind of opening up to it more but you know like family members and stuff like that that are a little bit older they're like oh stevia what's that you know salt I need solid smart for them to break habits that they built over a lifetime so yeah it's it gets very interesting yeah it's really cool that you guys have that position and is this something that's new like did this come out recently or people have been having a role for a long time or is this driven by health insurance or I'm just yeah it is it's not new we've been around I think the official Rd credential came out don't quote me in this like 60 70s but so we've been in hospitals for a while but the role with us and insurance has we've been more highly refunded like the insurance could help cover it yes yes so previously insurance did not cover dieticians but now more and more increasingly they are yeah and they're realizing how essential nutrition and diet is to healthcare right so it looks over popping up more and more everywhere so I think with as America I kind of have this theory about how food has affected people over time you know like our grandparents they made everything that's all from scratch they were fermenting things in their minutes – yeah right sorry and then their kids so like my parents they were like I'm not putting in all that time and effort I don't have time for that at work so they certified about this process so you know then the TV dinner came out great all these right and fast oh sure yeah food came out at the same time so at the same time all these fast easy option came out so they start eating all these things not really knowing much about it it's like a generation but saying you know this is easier I'm not putting in eight hours kidding things like my mom is so now you know these people are the ones that I'm dealing with in health care now who have you know the multiple chronic diseases going on and I think it's our generation that's saying hey maybe easier isn't always better you know all those chemicals and the processing all that obviously it's not impacting our bodies in a way that's good or beneficial so I think our generation is kind of turning this around and starting to realize you know maybe faster isn't always better yeah that's a really good thing in for sure I think that's something we can work on yeah and we're spreading the message here so then watching then to share with some people who meets you this I was so freaked out when I would see these adults around me like FEMA members friends a family and everybody that's older and like they would have a basket of pills and they're like this one's for high cholesterol this one's for this one's for that and I'm like oh my gosh oh my organs gonna shut down it's like it's just crazy and then I think that scared me so much that I started taking my home try on the ends by like working out a lot drinking a ton of water making my own food and like simplifying the ingredients and not buying stuff that's packaged as much right like reducing that processed food as much as possible definitely and especially because when you go to eat out even at places that claimed to be healthy I've seen firsthand that they load their food with butter and sugar and stuff like that so just because it's you know a salad doesn't mean it's healthy that salad could be well over 1,200 calories because it's full with nuts and cheese and bacon in an egg and all these things that when it had some at the end of the density right yeah at the end of the day I mean you're eating a 3,000 calories a day and your daily expenditure is 1200 you're going to gain weight and you know weight gain in itself causes detrimental health effects all right right for sure so when a patient comes in to see me in the hospital I go in and I kind of gain their background what's going on with them I usually read through their hospital record and see any history of what they've been through what brought them here so I can better assess you know how I can help them and the first thing I do and if they get through the doors give them a diet order or so when they're in my care unfortunately they're not cooking for themselves they have to eat what I give them so I am able to kind of force them to take you know whether that be a reduced sodium diet we have a cardiac cardiac diet which is like a heart-healthy diet it's low fat low in sodium low cholesterol or we have like a diabetic diet which is low in sugar so anyway I prescribed them a diet based on their need and then any supplementation that they might need people with wounds have high protein needs or might need like a multi like that so I pretty much assess where they are and where what their goals are so I do get like bariatric patients who come in and they really want to lose weight and I think in the hospital is a great time to start helping them with that goal because I'm there to encourage them where it is like once they're at home they're either around right so you know we'll figure out their goal cuz some people their goal is an immense weight loss and I can't force them to try to be healthy that's not what they want but yeah so they I will work with them towards their goal and you know cutting calories for weight more than anything implementing a healthier diet and teaching them about diet and nutrition so that you know when they leave my care they can implement that into their daily life because I know what's not going to be there for them doing that for them when they get home and I think that's more so that in fact I when I have on a daily basis is yeah okay you're with me in the hospital right now that's fine when you get home I want to make your life healthier and pre genuine right it must get them the habit of it right because I have people but you know people who are quite well educated say things like oh I don't need a lot of salt so I'm not going to get diabetes and I'm like you know tingling people just don't know like it seems to be so simple to me it seems so simple but to everyone it's not yeah that's something I have to realize to kind of stay grounded and understand where they're coming from in their education level because most people don't receive nutrition education could you give us like a success story like with the people that you've worked with like I don't know how long we work with them but if you've seen somebody have a chronic illness and then like it's it's getting better as you're working with them like is there one that stands out for you that you think of yeah I've had most a lot of people come in diabetic that don't might not have known they were diabetic or may not know how to control it so I had a guy who had an infection from the diabetes and was facing amputation of his leg yeah and that's one like their even their toenail into here right so diabetics they get the tiniest little sore on the foot or like anything and because of the high blood sugar it can evolve into a full amputation that happens I've seen it happen in two weeks yeah so scary yeah I mean and that's the reality of it so I've seen so we have someone experiencing this we were able to get his blood sugar under control he was increasing its activity he was eating better this never happens usually they are just like I'm so like are gone that I don't want to listen to you but in this case the guy did everything ABCD that we told them to do took his insulin on time a lot of them that's a problem not taking when they're supposed to got ass blood sugar under control got him out of there and it lived a happy healthy life and didn't have to come back again it's awesome because I do get a lot it all right right I get it like a cool ton of repeat customers in the hospital so you think they're great and healthy you sent him home and then they're back next week you know so yeah he was able to get his infections under and he was blood sugar open and willing to that be honest a lot of people and everything that you've laid out for him he actually did it yes and it was successful well the night Rapids that makes me so happy because it's so rare so you also work for a health coaching company talks about that yes so I work for a company called Eva they are creating a kind of app system II that we're not really sure where it's going to go yet it's a startup but basically it puts a dietician at your fingertips so we have like a module system things obviously someone clicked text a dietician all day long so they send in pictures of their food to us and yeah they send pictures of their food so we log all their food because a lot of people the problem is with trying to keep nutrition logs and stuff like that they're like I don't want to right so it increased its compliance with maintaining that log so you just take a picture send it to us we're on our phones all day long yeah okay so it's great because we know what they're eating we're also there so if they're at TGI Friday is for lunch they can be like hey dietician what should I eat and I can kind of glance at the menu and look at what the best option might be or will recommend breasts to be suggestions or just give them little tips throughout the day like hey did you drink your water yeah you know anything depending on what their goal is because not everyone told us weight loss you know sometimes it's just to increase their fruit and vegetable consumption or sometimes to drink more water or sometimes it's to work out more and you know I think nutrition is absolutely tied to Fitness right because if they're eating like garbage you're not going to have the energy to get in a great workout right so it's really fun working with people like that awesome okay and then you used to be a wellness consultant so yes I was a wellness consultant for a grocery store here in the Cleveland area it's called Heinen's it's like a small and I love I know yes it's a very small family-run company it's mainly known only in Ohio I think they have a couple stores in Chicago too now but so they're very focused on like local organic Whole Foods so what I did there was I was a wellness consultant so aside from like helping people customers with nutritional supplements because we had a whole wellness section which had nutritional supplements stuff like apple cider vinegar aloe vera you know the more like herbal holistic stuff we would also do grocery stores which were my favorite and what is that and soap well yeah so we would have people come to us and we set up these tours and we'd take them around the grocery store and kind of show them healthy options or things that they should look out for you know whether it be someone who's newly gluten-free and doesn't know that there's gluten and soy sauce little things like that or it could just be someone who's starting a new diet and they don't know how to navigate the grocery store they don't even know how to read a nutrition label right so we teach them those things and you know maybe like where sugar might be lurking like the different like the yogurts yogurts a big one like a lot of legal right what sugar a lot of them don't even have fruit in them which blows my mind like you're like I'm like guys look at this read these ingredients it says fruit yogurt where's the fruit like that's crazy yeah and the sugar is a huge thing I ever got for six – I mean at the very least you could buy plain yogurt and just sweeten it yourself so put in some stevia just some I just like it with fruit but I mean whatever really yes yes actually yeah or if you really needed more sweetness you can do honey but at least that's natural you're adding it yourself you know where it comes from you know with wooden you're not making your you don't really know what's going in the chair so well so yeah so you would taking around the story I know find out the options and all the different sections and you know making sure to give them those little tips like you know try to avoid in the middle of the grocery store because that's where a lot of the processed food is and I think it's really cool that a grocery store chain would do this for their customers because we're kind of telling them to avoid some of their groceries might not be the most beneficial thing for them but um you know I guess I just cared about their customers in that way is awesome shoutout Tynan's so I want to talk about supplements and what supplements are actually beneficial to take which ones are a waste of money like do you like a couple go twos so the first thing that the one thing I always recommend everyone take is a probiotic so a probiotic basically puts good healthy bacteria into the gut which the normal person should have pretty healthy bacteria in their gut but because the average Americans died in a so processed it kind of cleans all that good stuff out and so your digestion is isn't able to punish it normally so and a lot of people call the gut the second grade so what that means is that what you're eating and what you're digesting how we're digesting and all efficient that processes affects your entire body you know poor digestion has been linked to poor mental health yeah which is crazy so definitely recommend the probiotics to everyone I you started of life brand that's my favorite brand for offering all supplements are very like natural they're great some people will think probiotics are a little of like hoo-hah they know they work I'm telling you they work yeah okay I tried one called I think it's biome vio hmm okay I was at the Arnold Classic last year in Columbus and I stopped by this stand that had like free samples or whatever was or like a discount and the guy who started it it's from Case Western oh yeah I liked it okay cool so the other thing I do is a multivitamin with iron I also use the Garden of Life brand for that you know technically everyone doesn't need to take a multivitamin every day if you're eating the pretty low nourishing diet you probably don't but I just like to take it just in case and I do like the iron as a female we tend to be iron deficient so I definitely take the iron and then since it's winter in Cleveland I have to take vitamin d3 yes and vitamin E comes from some weird foods that mainly I don't even like liver yeah yeah so definitely recommend those three supplements those are your likes we go to yes top three go to yeah I don't take like any protein powders but I do if you're someone who's working out and trying to maintain those fitness gates if you ever go and sit down and track your macros you can just for a week and see how much you're greedy you're probably not getting anywhere near enough protein so I'm definitely not opposed to the protein powder if you're someone who's trying to up your protein intake nice I mean that's good too and then which supplements are a waste of money based like I mean when you go online these days there's like a thousand who Julian's up and everywhere and I can see how people are confused like I've even gotten confused before like what do you what do you need versus what's what's wasting your money so let's talk about the wasting your money solvents Garcinia cambogia supplements like a diet pill or like yes a diet show or whatever I do not take a diet pill if it worked everyone would be taking it it doesn't work don't waste your money why would you want to take that every day your whole life exactly yeah I mean and I have some concern I don't know what's in news but I definitely would have some concern for what kind of weird herbal supplements technically are like regulated so there's certain supplement brands that have a certification on them from whichever company that verifies their formulary still that's kind of unreliable I think there was like a huge scandal a couple years with I can't remember what company it was that they found out all their supplements were like sugar pills are you serious does it make you feel like nothing today so people are paying all this money for these supplements and their sugar pills so there's a human the website I'll have to tell you yeah but yeah but there's like a website where you can look them up and see what's actually yeah they give them like Roker aid and babies but yes but the other thing I was going to say was b12 we know is like so when I was working and like the wellness arena a lot of people seem to think that they could just take a b12 shot like a spray and this like sprays but they were drink and just take it 20 times in and thousands of energy well first off most people unless you're elderly you're not deficient most likely not deficient in b12 b12 is in any animal product some vegans okay I may be vegans but it's in any animal product people our age probably don't need to supplement beachball I've said they're just wasting their money on these b12 sprays my opinion because unless you're vegan you're probably getting more than adequate b12 it's an atom's I need eggs every day I'm not a big like a huge meat eater but I eat eggs every day so I'm sure might be 12 this yeah so good to wrap it up I want to lastly talk about your message to people our age especially like people people of all ages but especially our age how will making healthy lifestyle choices now impact their life to increase their quality of life yeah so I think the hardest thing is that when you're young you're healthy feel great you don't really think about the decisions you're making and what you're putting into your body because you don't really have to right now but the problem is is that impacts you over your lifetime and working in the hospital setting I've seen these people come in you know falling apart and they said I'm right within decades right and they say I wish I would have known sooner how to better take care of myself so that I want to be here right now you know only 40 50 years old they have families they need to take care of and their bodies are failing on them so I think my main thing I want to get at is that you know just because you're gone doesn't mean that you're immune to these things and you need to really start thinking about your nutrition your health exercise how you're taking care of as a whole that just cuz you're young doesn't mean you need to don't need to focus on your health you should be thinking about what you're putting into your body on a daily basis and how that's gonna affect you over the long term mmm well thank you it was an awesome interview make sure you follow up Caitlyn on Instagram I'm gonna link you want to like your personal and your health one yep okay so those will be linked in the description box and make sure to make how many choices still your best life oh my god healthy snacks look at this vending machine Kaelyn did you put this in here yeah I'm just kidding

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  1. You’re absolutely awesome. Do you ever coupon for your groceries? What stores do you usually shop at? Hopefully you can do some in store grocery videos showing how you shop

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