Covid-19 and Your Upcoming Appointment

March 15, 2020

The safety and security of the families we serve, including both our patients and our care providers, are our top priority. We expect rapid changes and updates to continue to guide our patient care decisions.

To that end, we have made the difficult decision to suspend face-to-face patient consultations beginning today and through March 30th, at which time we will re-evaluate the information and situation, and update our plan of action.

We are offering all of our clientele the opportunity to meet with us by Zoom in a virtual-appointment. If you have an upcoming visit scheduled, you will receive an email within 24-48 hours prior to your scheduled appointment time with instructions on how to join us virtually. read more

What are FODMAPs?

Gas, bloating, diarrhea, stomach cramps. These are the common symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). 

IBS affects 10-15% of the population, but often goes undiagnosed. For many sufferers, their symptoms are triggered by high-FODMAPs foods.

— What Are FODMAPs? — 

FODMAPs is an acronym standing for: Fermentable, Oligo-, Di-, Mono-saccharides, and Polyols.

These are types of carbohydrates, certain starches and sugars, that are fermented when we digest them. This causes gas and belching, stomach cramps and bloating, and diarrhea and constipation. read more

Feed to Succeed Podcast Season 6

Join your hosts, Betsy Hjelmgren and Jen Karakosta, as they kick off the first episode of their 6th podcast season with an update on everything pertaining to quarantining, COVID-19, and food! Betsy shares the pros and cons of providing nutrition services by telehealth, and Jen shares her insights on food and comfort in times of crisis.

One and Done? Breastfeeding Past the First Year

As a pediatric dietitian, I work with some of the youngest clients in our private pediatric nutrition practice.  There are many common themes that come up, as the families I work with try to nourish their children in the best ways possible and support their rapidly growing brains and bodies.  I am struck in the past couple weeks, with the same question and concern that has come up many times.  Should I keep breastfeeding after one year? 

This question came from an exclusively pumping client, who wondered whether she should continue to pump breastmilk for her one year old.  It also came from another client who’s doctor was questioning why she was still breastfeeding her 13 month old twins (who were former preemies) and a family member who was feeling done with breastfeeding and pumping for her 15 month old, but was feeling guilty about “quitting”. read more

Serving Our Patients and Families in New Ways Through Telehealth

As a pediatric dietitian, daily interactions with amazing children and their wonderful families is the best part of our practice.  Walking into a home visit, greeted by a hug or watching a family walk into our office with good news about how nutrition changes have helped make their child feel better is the best.  This is not happening right now.  We miss our patients and families. 

Yesterday, as we sat on our virtual staff meeting, this really started to get to me.  I was thinking about all we can’t do as providers right now.  What is missing.  It made me grumpy and really got me down.  However, I decided I needed to reframe my thinking.  I started thinking about the telehealth that I have been providing over the past eight weeks.  I thought about how it is changing how we practice.  And, many good things started to come to mind.  read more

Melanie Battaglia, RD

Quarantine Cooking: Episode 2

Chopping a Bell Pepper
Melanie Battaglia, RD

Quarantine Cooking: Episode 1

Cutting an onion
Meeting growth needs

COVID-19 Update!

Exciting news that all of our nutrition-covered BCBS Illinois patients are now eligible to receive nutrition services via telehealth! All the Feed to Succeed dietitians are available to provide new and follow up nutrition visits via Zoom. We are here to keep you healthy and eating well, even during this difficult time. Call the office to schedule your appointment, (847) 724-8015.

Tubie Talk

By: Amanda Gordon, RD, LDN, IBCLC and Dan Frazier, RDN-AP, CNSC

Parents feel fulfilled when they feed their children healthy foods.  Foods that are fresh, colorful and taste good.  Foods sourced from quality ingredients.  Food that are less processed and contain fiber and other nutrients that make our bodies work well.  Foods that provide energy.

There is an important movement afloat in the nutrition world and a growing body of scientific evidence that supports the idea that children with feeding tubes should eat real food too.  Tasty, nutrient-dense, colorful food.  The same food that their parents eat.  The same food that other children eat.  read more

Milk – Cow, Soy, Almond, and More! How to Choose, with Amanda

Join Betsy and Amanda for an in-depth and informative discussion on milk, milk-substitute, and nutrition. What is the best option for you and your family? Why does almond milk seem to have more calcium than cow’s milk (but really doesn’t!) Is cow, almond, or soy better? Or is cow’s milk really an acceptable healthy choice? All these answers, plus more are awaiting you in this info-packed episode!

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