About

Linda

Welcome to NutritiousTable.com! I hope that this website gives you insight into my business practices and my philosophies about nutritional health and nutrition counseling. I truly believe that proper nutrition provides the strong foundation you need to maximize your fitness, health and quality of life.

I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a Texas Licensed Dietitian in San Antonio, Texas. I’ve owned and operated my private practice since 1995. I specialize in providing personalized nutrition counseling, tailored to meet the specific health and fitness needs of each individual. My career in dietetics includes over 35 years of experience in personalized nutrition counseling, medical nutrition therapy in hospital settings, food service management, nutrition facts labeling, public speaking and volunteerism.

I am a graduate of Iowa State University, where I earned my BS degree in Food and Nutrition-Dietetics. My dietetic internship was completed at the University of Iowa, College of Medicine. After graduation I passed a national registration exam to become a Registered Dietitian and moved to Texas where I became licensed.

As a Nutrition Expert Resource for the local media, I have appeared on KENS 5 TV (CBS) – Great Day SA, KMOL TV (NBC), KLRN TV (PBS), and FOX TV stations. In addition, I have been a nutrition resource for the San Antonio Express-News and various radio stations such as Magic 105.3 FM, KONO 101.1 FM, and WOAI 1200 AM.

As a Media Spokesperson I have worked for (not all inclusive): the “Milk Mustache” Campaign; Heartburn and Prilosec; Chiquita Banana; “Best Start Under the Sun”— Florida Orange Juice; KIND Bars; Bard Valley Medjool Dates: Marathon Bars, Wholly Wholesome, Allens Canned Foods, and Mission Tortillas companies.

I have provided Menu Analysis and Nutrition Facts Labeling for (not all inclusive): Eurest Dining–Compass Group; Fresh From Texas; Tio Ricardo’s Salza; SA Catering; Jim’s Restaurant.; Juice Central, Blanco Creek Farms LLC.

I have provided Wellness Programs for (not all inclusive): Valero Oil Company, KCI/Optum Health—United Healthcare, Tenzing Health, SACU, Walk San Antonio/YMCA—Fit City Fit Schools, TAKATA, and OASIS, Bandera Electric, The Westin Riverwalk.

My Public Health Nutrition Volunteerism includes:

  • San Antonio Mayor’s Fitness Council—2010-present
  • Siclovia–2012-present
  • Por Vida Healthy Restaurant Coalition—2009-present
  • San Antonio Health Vending Initiative: 2007, 2011
  • San Antonio Fit City / Fit Schools Initative
  • North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce— Executive Women’s Conference Committee and speaker

As a Dietetics Advocate and Volunteer Leader:

I was elected by the 75,000 members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, to serve as their Speaker of the House of Delegates for 2016-2017. I am currently serving as the immediate past Speaker. Read my press release here.

  • The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Speaker of the House of Delegates 2016-2017, Board of Directors 2015-2018,  2011-2014, House of Delegates Leadership Team 2015-2018, 2011-2014, Quality Management Committee 2015-2016, Diversity Committee 2012-2014, Evidence Based Practice Committee 2011-2012, Legislative and Public Policy Committee 2016-2017, Academy Finance Committee 2015-2016.
  • Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Media Representative 2014-present, Delegate 2006-2011, Past President, President 2004-2005, President-elect, Healthcare Financing & Reimbursement Chair, District President, Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Chair
  • South Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (San Antonio): President, Nominating Committee, Council on Professional Issues Chair

I am especially proud of my Honors.

  • Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND) 2014
  • Texas Distinguished Dietitian 2011
  • San Antonio Healthcare Hero 2005—San Antonio Business Journal
  • San Antonio Distinguished Dietitian of the Year 2003

Outcomes

My Medical Nutrition Therapy sessions are effective. Outcomes data collected from my 2010-2015 clients who had weight loss as a goal and received at least three counseling sessions, demonstrate that 84{e9b12ec15e9982de8367963543c9b37951d70c172157fccd4357ab08990e7d63} lost weight. The average weight loss of these clients was 8.9 pounds or 4.3{e9b12ec15e9982de8367963543c9b37951d70c172157fccd4357ab08990e7d63} of their body weight, after only three sessions with me. This data is on track with national statistics that demonstrate that individuals can attain a maximum of 10{e9b12ec15e9982de8367963543c9b37951d70c172157fccd4357ab08990e7d63} weight loss over six months, following weight loss diets.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Evidence Analysis Library evaluated studies on the cost-effectiveness, cost benefit and economic savings of outpatient Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT), involving in-depth individualized nutrition assessment and a duration and frequency of care using the Nutrition Care Process to manage disease. Using a variety of cost-effectiveness analyses, the studies affirm that MNT resulted in improved clinical outcomes and reduced costs related to physician time, medication use and/or hospital admissions for people with obesity, diabetes and disorders of lipid metabolism, as well as other chronic diseases.

Mission

Linda’s mission is to help you improve your quality of life with simple, easy-to-implement tools that promote proper nutrition and healthful living for a lifetime.

Linda is concerned about America’s increasing issues with overindulgence, poor eating habits, and inactivity, which are resulting in long term health problems and increased healthcare costs. San Antonio (Bexar County) has been one of the most obese cities in America. Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in Bexar County followed by Cancer at #2 and Diabetes at #6. Focusing on healthy lifestyle choices as a key component of wellness and disease prevention holds great promise in reducing the incidence and progression of chronic illness, sources of disability, and conditions that cause premature death. Given that there are no cures for many of these conditions, strategies to promote healthy lifestyles, such as visiting Linda, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, is vital to improving health outcomes.

Look at these 2002 statistics about our health & lifestyle choices in Bexar County, compared to the rest of Texas and our nation’s goals for Americans! Where do you fit? In 2013, we found that the health of our population is improving, but we still have a long way to go.

HEALTH AND LIFESTYLE STATISTICS

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Eat at least 2 fruit servings/day 20 13 75{e9b12ec15e9982de8367963543c9b37951d70c172157fccd4357ab08990e7d63}
Eat at least 3 servings vegetables/day 16 11 50{e9b12ec15e9982de8367963543c9b37951d70c172157fccd4357ab08990e7d63}
Considered Obese –
based on BMI 30 or more
25 20 No goal
Health Weight or BMI 19-25 35 40 60{e9b12ec15e9982de8367963543c9b37951d70c172157fccd4357ab08990e7d63}
Diabetes / High Blood Sugar 11 6
Chronic Heart Disease 6
Hypertension 26
Eat a high fat diet 14
Use food labels 31
No Leisure Time Activity 32 29
Chronic Drinking 8 5

Data Sources:

  1. Texas Department of Health
  2. The “2002 Bexar County Community Health Assessment Report.” Commissioned by the Bexar County Community Health Collaborative and compiled by researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center Houston School of Public Health San Antonio Regional Campus, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and Our Lady of the Lake University.
  3. Healthy People 2010 is the prevention agenda for the Nation. It is a statement of national health objectives designed to identify the most significant preventable threats to health and to establish national goals to reduce these threats.

Dietitians

The Registered & Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN/LD) is the nutrition expert because s/he has the most rigorous and concentrated education and training in nutrition of any health care practitioner. The principles of nutrition are those based in human biochemistry & physiology, food science, and behavioral and social sciences. The RDN/LD is a nutrition professional who has at least a baccalaureate degree in nutrition/dietetics from an accredited US college or university, has completed an accredited, supervised post-graduate practice program usually lasting 10-12 months, and has passed a nationwide credentialing exam. Every RDN must obtain at least 75 continuing professional education units every five years to maintain their registration status.

Credentialing is in the best interest of the public, because it protects them from being harmed by unqualified and incompetent practitioners. Licensed Dietitians are the only nutritionists licensed and credentialed by the state of Texas. To help clarify titles, think of it this way… All dietitians are nutritionist but not all nutritionists are Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. When seeking a qualified nutrition professional, be sure your nutritionist is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian.  For further information on the profession of dietetics contact The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Registered Dietitians must follow a professional Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, which guide their professional practice and conduct.

Where do Dietitians work? The majority of Dietitians now work in the food and nutrition industry, in business, journalism, communications, sports nutrition, research, corporate wellness, private practice, education and other non-traditional work settings. About 45{e9b12ec15e9982de8367963543c9b37951d70c172157fccd4357ab08990e7d63} of RDs work in hospitals and clinics where they are an integral part of a medical team that treats and prevents disease.

Nutrition Assessments

Nutrition Assessment is the process Linda uses to obtain information needed to identify your personal nutrition related problems, which can be resolved or improved through diet counseling, nutritional guidance and behavior changes.

You will be asked questions about:

  • medical, family and dietary history
  • food preferences, allergies and intolerances
  • social history: mealtime routines, cooking skills, alcohol use, emotional eating
  • chewing, swallowing and gastrointestinal problems
  • past diets and weight history
  • lab data from your doctor
  • medications, vitamins and nutritional supplements
  • physical activity, sleep patterns and occupation

Linda will analyze the information obtained from the nutrition assessment interview and will develop a nutrition care plan for your specific needs. She will educate you about healthful changes and will collaborate with you to develop your own short & long term goals and meal plan.

Medical Nutrition Therapy

Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) is an essential component of comprehensive health-care services. Individuals with a variety of conditions and illnesses can improve their health and quality of life by receiving medical nutrition therapy. MNT can increase consumer’s health and well-being, and increase productivity and satisfaction levels through decreased doctor visits, hospitalizations and reduced prescription drug use.

Linda Farr RDN/LD practices Medical Nutrition Therapy. Her nutrition care process focuses on nutrition assessment, nutrition diagnosis, nutrition interventions and nutrition monitoring and evaluation for the prevention of disease. Linda can separate facts from fads and translate the latest scientific findings into easy-to-understand personalized nutrition programs. She is your trusted authority for cost effective, personalized, and preventive medical nutrition therapy.

Body Composition Analysis

Linda will measure your body composition by using the Tanita Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) technology. It is a quick and painless process that simply requires you to step on a scale in your bare feet. You will not have to undress or be pinched by calipers. You will be in contact with a “foot to foot” pressure contact electrode. The BIA technique is based on the fact that lean tissues have a high water and electrolyte content, and thus provide a good electrical pathway. Fat mass contains a lower percentage of body water, and thus is a poor conductor of the electrical signal.

Trending your body composition consistently over a period of several weeks and months will provide helpful insight into the success of your diet and exercise program. Short term changes are usually caused by normal day to day hydration variances. The BIA measurements will provide valuable information about changes in your:

  • Weight
  • Body Mass Index
  • Percent Body Fat
  • Fat Free Mass (bone, muscle, tissue and water)
  • Hydration

In order to obtain the most accurate results, please plan ahead for the following conditions:

  • Be able to remove your socks or hose
  • No alcohol for 48 hours before the test
  • Avoid intense exercise 12 hours before the test
  • Avoid caffeinated products 4 hours before the test
  • Empty bladder 30 minutes before the test

Please inform Linda if you are pregnant or have a pace maker or other internal medical device. In these cases the test will not be done.

Disclaimer

The information contained herein is intended for educational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose and should not be construed as the delivery of medical care. Persons with healthcare concerns should contact their local healthcare provider for diagnosis and treatment. Always consult your doctor or health care provider before you attempt a new diet.

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Copyright

Materials from this site may be reproduced for free distribution only. Modifications may not be made in any way. Credit to the author and website must appear on each copy. Other web sites are welcome to link to www.NutritiousTable.com and display the Nutritious Table graphic.

Disclosure Statement

As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, I am bound by the Code of Ethics for the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession. This code of ethics states that “the nutrition and dietetics practitioner adheres to the core values of customer focus, integrity, innovation, social responsibility, and diversity. Science-based decisions, derived from the best available research and evidence, are the underpinnings of ethical conduct and practice.”

I do not advertise, sell or endorse products on this website. Nor do I accept sponsorships or fees to support this website.

In my private practice, I am occasionally contacted by companies, who provide free samples with the hope that I endorse and share them with my private clients. In this case, I thoroughly evaluate the product and may offer the free sample to a client to try, when the product may be an option for their health condition. I do not endorse or  promote any products on this website.

Occasionally I am contracted to demonstrate and promote a new product on a TV cooking segment. I only accept and promote products that are in my opinion nutritious and tasty, and I only use my own opinions and wording in the promotion of the product.

I am the author of this website including my blog post section. Words are my own. I strive to be truthful and science-based in everything I post. If a comment is my opinion, I will state it as such. Occasionally I will have a dietetic intern or other nutrition professional help me with the writing of the blog posts. In this case, I review the article in detail for accuracy, potential plagiarism and credible resource links. I credit the person assisting with the article with a short byline using their initials.

I try to update the links on my website annually with the newest and most science-based resources. I am not responsible for the content of sites I link to and will make very attempt to only select the highest quality, most credible sources.

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