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Indians in Nutrition and Dietetics Member Interest Group (IND MIG) of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy) is pleased to invite you to attend this webinar. Please share this announcement with your members, friends and on social media. Kindly register for this event as soon as possible as space is limited.
Webinar Title: Ayurvedic Nutrition and Assessment: A review of 6 tastes, elemental qualities of foods, stages of digestion and meal planning
Speaker: Pushpa Soundararajan, RDN, LDN, RYT, AHE, AFNC, MBA
Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT/ 12:00 pm CDT / 11:00 am MDT / 10:00 am PDT
India--Please adjust the time internationally
Registration LINK
Registration is FREE
• This session will be presented using VOIP. A phone number will not be available.
• The webinar will be recorded and posted to the IND website for later viewing. Slides and recording will be sent to all registrants.
• NOTE: CPEU have not been requested for this session; You will need to request for CPEU according to your individual professional development portfolio need.
Session Summary
Traditional Indian Cuisine along with spices and herbs used commonly has its roots in the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda. Although it has evolved with the migration of this population all over the world, adapting to the local cuisine, some principles of eating remain the same. This webinar will discuss the 6 tastes described in Ayurveda, which is the basis of diet recommendations for the different body types. It will also cover the elemental composition of foods based on the 5 great elements and their impact on the patient’s/client’s health. The stages of digestion along with key concepts of Agni (digestive fire) and Ama (metabolic toxins) will be discussed. Practical questions for Assessment of imbalances in patients and appropriate food choices will be covered. The use of spices in cooking and their value will be emphasized. General rules for meal planning and other lifestyle recommendations using Ayurvedic principles and ways to incorporate it into your practice of medical nutrition therapy will be outlined. It will provide an intuitive approach to diet counseling in all settings.

Speaker Bio

Pushpa Soundararajan (RDN, LDN, CYI, AHE, AFNC, MBA) is a Registered Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist who graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Medical Dietetics, CUP program from the University of Illinois in Chicago. She has over 30 years of experience in nutrition counseling to patients in many settings including dialysis units, hospitals and outpatient centers. Pushpa is also a Certified Yoga Instructor, Ayurvedic Health Educator and Ayurvedic Food and Nutrition Consultant. She is currently in Private Practice as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and believes in integrating ancient principles of Ayurveda with Modern Medical Dietetics in providing her clients with a comprehensive individualized nutrition plan for health and healing. She has been a speaker at several conferences on varied topics, integrating Ayurveda and modern medicine for a holistic approach to health. She co-authored a book, A Primer on Ayurveda, which was published in October 2018, and serves as a practical guide for personalized nutrition for dietitians and other healthcare providers. She is also on the faculty of Ananda Ayurveda Academy offering courses in Ayurveda, in Willowbrook, IL and online. Contact details: Email: [email protected] Website: www.vpknutrition.com
Webinar Objectives
1. Identify the six tastes in foods along with their energetic qualities.
2. Outline the three stages of digestion and how food is processed at each stage.
3. Creating a meal plan based on Ayurvedic principles and incorporating with modern medicine.
Learning Need Codes:
• 3005, 5000, 5370
• 4040 Disease prevention
• 5420 Complementary care, alternative therapies (Nutritional care) 

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