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By Sue Shekut, Owner, Working Well Massage, Licensed Massage Therapist, Certified Wellness Coach, ACSM Personal Trainer

Do you Tweet? Maybe you heard about Aston Kusher’s record tweets? Do you know what Twitter is? Well, maybe it’s time to find out!

What is Twitter?

According to the Twitter website, “Twitter is a real-time information network powered by people all around the world that lets you share and discover what’s happening now. Users can access Twitter on powerful broadband connections via a video game console or through faint connections in rural areas via SMS on a simple mobile phone. You can also access Twitter through more than 50,000 third-party Internet and mobile applications.” That’s quite a mouthful!

I consider Twitter to be a user-controlled Instant Messaging news service for people “on the go” that want to stay “in the know.”  (Yes, I admit,  I am a bad punner.)

When Twitter first came out, I was turned off on it because the only people I saw “tweeting” (Sending a Twitter message) where friends writing to blogs with boring tweets about what they were having for lunch.  As a business owner and wellness afficionado, however, I soon saw that Twitter can be an actual useful tool to keep customers up to date about the latest news about our services and special offerings. I also tweet about our blog posts, and share “retweets” from other twitter friends about topics of interest on fitness, nutrition, and wellness overall.

I recently had a fellow blogger share a post with me about great nutrition-oriented Tweeters. I  share her blog post and list with you.

Note: A few of her recommendation are no longer Tweeting. But most of them are still intact and can be easily accessed via a free twitter account. You can set one up in minutes and then receive tweets from Working Well and then ONLY other groups you want to follow.

Working Well’s Twitter name is “WorkWellMassage.” Follow us if you like! I often Tweet about discounts and special local event’s. Click here to follow us at WorkWellMassage.

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Jeanne Peterson, author of Physical Therapy Blog wrote the following post, “50 Nutritionists You Should Follow on Twitter.”
Health costs are on the rise, along with food prices, and everything else. So who has the time or money to pay for a nutritionist? If your answer is “not me,” then look to the internet. And if your internet time is limited as is, then Twitter is the site for you. It brings you the headlines and information you want as 140 character “tweets.”

Now that you know what and where, you’re only halfway there. With millions of users, Twitter can also be a nightmare to navigate. But no worries there. We have already done the work of gathering the 50 nutritionists you should follow on Twitter. Whether looking to lose weight, get healthy, or exercise more, they offer loads of help at no charge.

Nutritionists You Should Follow on Twitter

These nutritionists offer their expertise to tens of thousands of followers every day. Be one of them by following.


    1. Paris Jordan
    : She is a fitness and nutrition coach. With over 20,000 followers, her tips are practical and useful. Several tweets a day are on diet, exercise, and other topics.

    2. Fitness 4 Her : Karen Ficarelli is a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist. Her specialty is in motivating and inspiring women to achieve their goals. Tweets are full of useful tips.

    3. Linda Miner : Linda is a nutritionist from Vancouver. She helps others achieve optimal health through proper diet. Tweets are almost exclusively on nutritional links.

    4. Above Game : Get a Twitter feed for sports nutrition fitness here. You can also get an exercise wellness programs, network marketing coach, and more. Tweets are full of useful tips.

    5. My Healthy Bfast : This anonymous blogger uses the Twitter stream to tell all about a healthy breakfast. Get updates on why and what to eat. The main site even has recipes.

    6. Vicky Laney : Discover a deeper appreciation for nutrition by clicking here. Vicky tweets on whole nutrition for improved immune function and natural healing of chronic disease. See what she recommends for which ailment by stopping by.

    7. Nutrition 00 : Get loads of tips related to nutrition with this Twitter feed. They include how to get and stay healthy. They often comment about nutritional items in the news.

    8. Mandura : She is a former nurse who values nutrition. Based in Chicago, she launched several websites in support of it. She often tweets on health items.

Male Nutritionists You Should Follow on Twitter

Because men have loads to say about nutrition, take a look at the below nutritionists on Twitter.


    9. My Trainer Bob
    : Bob Harper is best known as one of the training and nutrition experts from “The Biggest Loser.” Visit to learn how you can inspire others to make healthier decisions. You can also check out his Facebook page or YouTube videos.

    10. Lobster and Chick : Henry Palmer is the author of “The Lobster and The Chicken” and an intuitive energy healer. Tweets mostly give life recommendations. However, there is still an occasional nutrition tweet.

    11. DJ Morris : An expert in the areas of nutrition, health, and the beach body, he tweets from Florida. His tweets regularly contain words of inspiration.

    12. Cussy : Get more inspirational tweets by following John Cusworth. He is into quotes, health, nutrition, fitness, and education. He also has lists on weight loss and body building.

    13. Healthy Hank : Hank Heister has been a health coach for over 25 years. He is also an EFT practitioner who specializes on cardiovascular nutrition. Tweets are often useful tips, along with do’s and don’ts.

    14. Mercola : Dr. Mercola is an osteopathic physician in Chicago. Founder of the natural health site, Mercola, he advocates dietary and lifestyle approaches to health. Get tweets on nutrition, health, and much more.

    15. Weight Loss Infos : Rolf Joho is from Switzerland and helps people all over the world lose weight. Tweets contain information on diets, emotional eating, nutrition, and cooking. He often links to items of interest.

    16. Wellness Twitts : Doc Bunnell practices at Berkeley. He brings all of his followers expert information on health, exercise, nutrition, and alternative medicine. He also often retweets on related items. (Note: This Twitter account is no longer active. Sue}

    17. Raw Nature Boy : Nick Stern is a longevity expert. He accomplishes this through raw foods and body building. Learn more about him and his lifestyle by following the tweets.

Semi-Nutritionists You Should Follow on Twitter

These Twitter users focus on many aspects of health and life, including nutrition.

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    18. The Peppermint Leaf
    : Amanda recently graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry. Her Twitter stream is all about vegan, biochemistry, Christian, pilates, health, bagpipes, and her husband’s LED company. With over 40,000 followers, she’s doing something right.

    19. Simple Living 1 : John Haines is an author and radio host. He also dabbles as a nutrition tutor, organic gardener, raw food vegan, and yogi. Check out his tweets for tips on all of the above.

    20. Jonus 855 : Wally Feschuk is an nutrition internet marketer from Ontario. He constantly features specials and items of interest as tweets. In addition, he also tweets about health and entrepreneurship.

    21. Joe Gigantino : He is a fitness and motivation expert from California. There are also tweets on workouts, communication, nutrition, and love. He often tweets on what works for him.

    22. Ganogirl : If coffee is part of your everyday nutrition, visit here. Rhonda Sellsted shows you the healthiest coffees and even ways to make money just by drinking. She also tweets on items that interest her.

    23. RH Pritchard : Richard is from Ohio and is a scientist and grandfather. He also tweets on nutrition and for fitness over 60. He often gathers tweets of interest and features them on his feed.

    24. Doc Wellness : Dr. David Orman is a naturopath who believes in acupuncture. Other areas of interest include nutrition, writing, and marathons. Tweets rarely link to external items, as he prefers to give his own advice.

Group Nutritionists You Should Follow on Twitter

The below teams of health experts tweet on nutrition and so much more.

    25. Men’s Health Mag : Both men and women can find useful nutritional information here. There are tweets on fitness, health, weight loss, sex, style, and nutrition. A highlight of the Twitter account is the Eat This, Not That links.26. Women’s Health Mag : Stop here for an ultimate guide to looking and feeling great. They bring you the latest in health, fitness, sex, beauty, and nutrition. Tweets often link to useful items.

    27. GHC Health : Get tweets on natural health and organic living here. Also known as the Global Healing Center, there are many natural remedies here. Visit the main site for more.

    28. one80dotcom : This site helps all visitors lose weight and get healthy. The Twitter feed is written by health and fitness experts, personal trainers, and nutritionists. There is a weight loss tip of the day and more.

    29. Fit Menu : Don’t derail your nutrition goals by going out to eat. This Twitter feed can help you eat healthy at restaurants. Stop by for the latest tweets or visit the main site.

    30. MSNBC Health : The main site is a great source of information on the latest health headlines. Check out the Twitter stream for information on health, diet, and nutrition. Tweets often link back to full articles.

    31. Healthy Stuff : The website Stay Healthy Forever has loads of tips for doing just that. Their twitter stream gathers info on health, fitness, weight loss, nutrition, and more. Click to read the full item.

    32. Nutrition Helper : Because great nutrition equals a healthy lifestyle, visit here. They give you the information you need to get that healthy lifestyle you want. Tweets are often nutrition headlines.

    33. MB Holistic : Get holistic health news from California with these tweets. Topics include world health news, holistic medicine, and alternative nutrition. Get related links by following them.

    34. Women’s Health : The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services maintain this Twitter stream for the health of women. Get the latest headlines, recall information, and more here. The main site also has many other tools for health.

Lesser Known Nutritionists You Should Follow on Twitter

These nutritionists have less than 15,000 followers but are still worth a look.

    35. Fertile Foods : Nutrition adviser Kathryn Flynn tweets on using the healing benefits of whole foods, exercise, and relaxation. These are ideal for balanced living before, during, and after pregnancy. Tips are on all sorts of diets and pregnancies.36. Dancing in Life : Get nutrition information for gluten free health by stopping here. Diana Herrington has been a health nut all of her life and is currently writing a cookbook. Nutrition tips, along with daily life, are featured.

    37. Starlightlife: Gina lives in Maui where she is a mind body nutritionist. She is also a personal coach and blogger who helps people see their true relationship with food. There are regular tweets on items of interest, and she also takes time answer questions.

    38. Karen4Fitness : Located in Palm Beach, Karen is a certified personal trainer and nutritionist. She specializes in helping women reach their goals. Tweets are often things she enjoys and recommends to her clients.

    39. Your Nutrition : Vicki Berry is a nutritionist from North Carolina. She specializes in supplements and staying healthy. Links are to related items and even episodes of her very own podcast on Blog Talk Radio.

    40. Nutrition Unplugged : Registered dietician Janet Helm tweets from Chicago. She is also a food and nutrition consultant, as well as a mother of twins. Lists include cooking, health, food, and more.

    41. Nutrition Expert : Tweeting from Kansas City, Mitzi Dulan is a nutrition expert. She also co-authored “The All Pro Diet” and has been seen throughout the country. Tweets are often inspirational and interesting quotes.

Supplement Nutritionists You Should Follow on Twitter

Get the latest news on vitamins and supplements by following these Twitter feeds.

    42. Health, Fitness, Diet : Over 50,000 Twitter users follow this stream to get nutritional information. Genesis PURE health products and fitness supplements offer natural, pure, and organic nutrition. Tweets are often headlines of nutritional interest.

    43. Your Nutrition World : Get information on nutrition, health, eating disorders, vitamins, and supplements. Tweets are on a regular basis with links to more. You can also visit their website with other information.

    44. Liquid 4 All : Why liquid vitamins? Stop by this Twitter feed or site to find out. They also offer a 60 day empty bottle guarantee.

    45. Liquid 4 You : Similar to the above, they specialize in liquid vitamins and supplements. They also offer a similar guarantee.

    46. Our Aloe Business : Tim Sander lives in London and tweets on natural health. Learn how to live a healthier life by checking out these natural products. He also tweets on useful health and nutritional topics.

    47. Abel Nunez : Vitabase Store is based in Las Vegas. Nearly 14,000 followers get information on popular and lesser known supplements by following them. There are also tips for fitness and nutrition.

    48. Dog Vitamins : If your pet needs a nutritionist too, visit here. These vitamins are for healthier, happier dogs. Tweets are on recent activities and related news items.

    49. The Best 4 Health : Brain Britton promotes both nutrition and health supplements here. You can also get information on weight loss, natural energy boosters, and snacks. Tweets often feature recommendations.

    50. Raw Beauty Team : Don’t stop at supplements, get your beauty products with a nutritional frame of mind. Raw Natural Beauty offers paraben-free natural cosmetics, skincare with age-defying botanicals, and nutrients to restore the complexion. Get loads of useful tips by following them.

Be sure and check with your physician before starting a new diet plan, taking supplements, or beginning a fitness program you read about in the above 50 nutritionists you should follow on Twitter.

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The Nutrition Data website is a great source of the latest information on nutrition. It also links to a great nutrition blog, the Nutrition Data blog, written by Monica Reinagel M.S., LD/N.

The information in Nutrition Data’s database comes from the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference and is supplemented by listings provided by restaurants and food manufacturers. The source for each individual food item is listed in the footnotes of that food’s Nutrition Facts page. In addition to food composition data, Nutrition Data also provides a variety of proprietary tools to analyze and interpret that data. These interpretations represent Nutrition Data’s opinion and are based on calculations derived from Daily Reference Values (DRVs), Reference Daily Intakes (RDIs), published research, and recommendations of the FDA.

Nutrition Data was launched in 2003 and has grown into one of the most useful sources of nutritional analysis on the Web. In July 2006, Nutrition Data was acquired by CondéNet, a digital publisher under the Condé Nast Publications umbrella dedicated to editorial excellence. Nutrition Data’s continuing goal is to provide the most accurate and comprehensive nutrition analysis available, and to make it accessible and understandable to all.

Check out Nutrition Data here for the latest on Diabetes, Diet and Weight Loss, Heart Health and a whole host of useful tools to track your daily caloric needs, compare foods to determine which has the best nutrition content and more!

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From the Nutrition Data Website,a diet that makes sense…and can actually be maintained over time. It’s not a fad, it’s a framework. Read about the Better Choices Concept:

The Better Choices Diet revolves around one very simple key concept:

For every food that you eat, there are likely to be other equally nutritious foods that will satisfy your hunger with fewer Calories.

The Better Choices Diet starts with a simple nutritional analysis of your current diet. It evaluates each food that you now eat, and recommends alternative foods that may provide more nutritional value and help you feel full on fewer Calories. Instead of shocking your body with an abrupt change in foods, the Better Choices Diet focuses on evolving your diet one food at a time.

Other benefits of the Better Choices Diet
Unlike many other diet plans, the Better Choices Diet:

• Has no banned foods. Instead of rigid lists of “approved” and “unapproved” foods, the Better Choices Diet allows you to eat anything, but encourages you to make smarter food choices.

• Requires no special foods or other investments. Everything you need to understand and use the Better Choices Diet is contained within the Nutrition Data website.

• Can be used with other diet plans. The tools and methods of the Better Choices Diet can also be used to improve the effectiveness of most other diet plans.

• Can also be used for weight gaining diets. The Better Choices Diet is not just for weight loss; it’s about controlling your weight (up or down) through proper food selection and hunger control.

How the Better Choices Diet Evaluates Foods

The Better Choices Diet determines potential food substitutions with the help of ND’s Nutritional Target Map, which maps food in relation to their predicted satiating effect (Fullness Factor) and nutrient density (ND Rating). Foods closer to the upper right corner of the Nutritional Target Map are Better Choices for healthy weight loss, and foods closer to the lower right corner are Better Choices for healthy weight gain.

Better Choices Nutritional Target Map

The 4 Steps of the Better Choices Diet:

1. Make a daily record of everything you eat. Making a record of your diet is a very tedious task if you’re using paper and pencil, but it’s very easy to do with the My Tracking feature of My ND. Please read the My Tracking Help page to learn how to track and analyze your intake.

2. Determine which foods contribute the most Calories to your diet. The primary focus of the Better Choices Diet is to gradually replace some of the foods that you now eat with other foods that are more supportive of your goals. It makes sense to start with those foods that are contributing the most calories to your diet, since this is most likely to have the greatest positive impact on your progress. This step is automated with My Tracking. The tracking report that it generates includes a listing of all foods that you consumed, along with the percentage of calories that each supplied to your diet.

3. Make Better Choice substitutions for those foods. For each item on your tracking report, you’ll also find links to Better Choice substitutions. Select your goal (weight loss, optimum health, or weight gain), and click on the link to explore the resulting list of foods. It’s not important to choose foods that appear highest on the list—simply choose any of these foods that you would enjoy eating.

4. Repeat. Your goal is to gradually evolve your diet to include more nutritious and filling foods and less unhealthy and unsatisfying foods. Over time, as you incorporate more of these foods into your diet, the total calories that you consume will drop, and the overall nutrient density of your meals will increase.

Warning: The Better Choices Diet is a self-directed program.

Despite its potential benefits, the Better Choices Diet is not recommended for those with eating disorders or diet-related medical conditions. It is best suited for individuals who are only moderately overweight and reasonably self-disciplined. All diet analyses and food recommendations are provided interactively via the Nutrition Data website. Although these services are free, no other specific dietary advice is provided. The Better Choices Diet also relies heavily on ND’s Ratings and Fullness Factors. While these calculated values provide a reasonable scientific prediction of a food’s benefit with relation to diet, they can not take into account every aspect of a food’s value. For this reason, no guarantee can be made on the accuracy or suitability of this diet with respect to your individual needs. If in doubt, please consult a nutritionist or healthcare professional for more specific dietary recommendations.

For more on the Better Choices Diet and Nutrition Data tools for tracking and evaluating your food choices, click here.

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