Tracee BrennerTracee is founder of Nutrition is Healing a nutrition counseling firm to provide individualized services regarding weight loss, eating disorders, prevention of heart disease, diabetes, blood pressure, GI issues and overall wellness. The focus is on Holistic Nutrition, incorporating the importance of eating real foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, herbs and spices and understanding the incredible benefits they have on your body, as well as stress reducing techniques. Tracee went to Johnson and Wales Culinary school and graduated in 1986 and went back to school to become a Registered Dietitian at Marymount College and did her internship at New York Hospital Cornell Medical Center. She recently co-authored the book Whole Life Nurtition: A Simple Approach to Nourishing America’s Busy Families. Tracee is currently launching a company web-site www.Realfoodmoms.com which include a blog and cooking section for parents, rankings of healthy food products and a nutrition section answering questions from teens and tweens. Tracee continued her education at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and participates in many continue education classes including Mind Body Medicine through the Institute of Mind Body Medicine. Tracee is a member of the American Dietetic Association and Nutrition Entrepreneurs, Nutrition in Complementary Care and Weight Management practice groups. She is also a member of the American Botanical Society and a member of the Haworth School Wellness Committee and Action For Healthy Kids.
Host: How is the new food pyramid different from the old pyramid?
Tracee Yablon-Brenner: The new food pyramid has vertical strips of different colors and each color signifies a different food whereas the old food pyramid was stacked with different foods. They also mentioned how many servings of food you need a day, but the new food pyramid, you have to have internet access to see what the color signify and how much you need each day for your diet. The new food pyramid, you can actually, put in your height and weight and you will find out how many fruits and vegetables you need daily, which the old food pyramid didn t do. The new food pyramid also talks about whole grains, having at least half whole grains in your diet but they still allow for refined carbohydrate and refined carbohydrate turns into sugar into your body quickly, which really, is not very healthy. The new food pyramid has stairs going up the pyramid which signifies increase in your activity level which is very important. The old food pyramid did not talk about exercise at all. It s great that the new food pyramid is because changing your eating habits is just as important as exercising.