Tip of the Month

Welcome to the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Tip of the Month

The Power of a “Thank-You” Note

“Thank you!” How many times have you said these two simple words to the clients who have supported you and your business or perhaps to your mentors, colleagues, and potential referral sources? I have been writing thank-you notes for as long as I have learned how to write. My mother instilled this habit on me at an early age by making sure I wrote thank-you notes to family and friends that sent me gifts for holidays and birthdays. I guess this has rubbed off on me as I continue to send out handwritten thank- you’s. It’s funny too that some people will actually thank ME for taking the time to write THEM a thank-you note!    
It seems amazing and it's true. Sending a simple thank-you note to a client, for example, who has just solicited your business for the first time can yield considerable power and influence and reflect very favorably on you and your company. By sending a thank-you note, you show your clients common courtesy and respect. So few new business owners send thank-you notes and by you making that critical step in writing one automatically helps you stand out. A thank-you note also gives you an opportunity to speak to your client directly and even more important personally. A thank-you note also demonstrates your written communication skills. Furthermore, clients get to see firsthand that customer service is an important aspect of your business practices. 
I know most of us lead crazy, busy lives, yet, we must make sure to take the time to say “thank-you.” It’s these little “things” that provide long-lasting positive impressions and relationships.
Tip of the Month: January 2014
Chrissy Barth


Where to Turn for Legit Supplement Information

Every registered dietitian nutritionist has a toolbox. This is one tool that has been in mine for years—ConsumerLab.com. How often have you been asked about a certain supplement, herb, vitamin, etc? If you speak to the public, are in private practice, or just want to stay in-the-know I highly recommend a subscription to ConsumerLab.com. (It's a nominal $33 per year cost but worth it. Plus it's tax deductible!)

How many clients have asked you about garcinia cambogia? Would you like to know more about it, its efficacy, and which products did not pass testing? (Prevention magazine had an article—The Diet Pill That’s Scamming You—referring to ConsumerLab.com results.)
Curious to know what to look for in a fish oil (omega 3) supplement? 
Do you realize spending more than ten cents per day on a multivitamin may be unnecessary?
Would you like to find out what weight loss supplements have been recalled? Or which ones contain undeclared drugs?
What’s the allure of acai berry? Is there value or is it all marketing?
What probiotics fared best in product testing and how do they compare cost-wise per one billion organisms? 
You will get the answers to those questions plus so much more. 
Founded in 1999, ConsumerLab.com has tested over 3,400 products representing 450 brands including vitamins, minerals, herbal products, functional foods, sports and energy products, and more. Products are tested for identity, strength, purity, and disintegration.  (https://www.consumerlab.com/aboutcl.asp
As health professionals we are aware of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA) but most of our clients and patients are not. In 1994 there were an estimated 4,000 supplements marketed but today there are well over 50,000 (estimates as high as 75,000).
Unlike food additives or drugs, supplements do not need to be proven safe and effective, nor do they need FDA’s approval before being sold.
There are no standards for potency or dosage and no requirements for providing warnings of potential side effects.
Should a problem arise, the burden falls to the FDA to prove that the supplement poses a “significant or unreasonable risk of illness or injury.” Only then will it be removed from market.
This Q & A on Dietary Supplements is an excellent resource that may answer questions you have.
Houston-based Dr. Penny Wilson, sports dietitian at the Memorial Hermann Ironman Sports Medicine Institute, mentioned how she uses ConsumerLab.com all the time. When a question appeared on our electronic mailing list (EML) about krill oil she commented, “The monograph will help you understand dosing for given conditions as well as purification processes (some are better than others).”
Like Dr. Penny I am a frequent user of ConsumerLab.com. It is one of my go to resources for reliable, up-to-date information on anything supplement related. 
Tip of the Month: December 2013
Jennifer Neily, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD is 2013-14 Chair of Nutrition Entrepreneurs, a Dallas-based registered dietitian nutritionist and Wellcoaches® Certified Health Coach, Jennifer—aka “Neily” (Neily on Nutrition www.NeilyonNutrition.com)—provides science-based advice through coaching, speaking, writing, teaching, and her YouTube channel (www.YouTube.com/NeilyonNutrition). Follow @JenniferNeily. On a personal note, Neily has been a foster mom to 36 gentle giant Great Danes over the years.

5 Minute Morning Happiness Ritual

Our lives are busier than ever. We work more and seem to get less done and seem unhappier than ever! Busy tasks take your attention away from what matters most. Mahatma Gandhi, a great political and spiritual leader states, “Happiness is when you think, what you say and what you do are in harmony.” Often, we are unhappy because we are focusing on what we don’t have, what is missing or wrong in our lives. Bottom line, we don’t feel in charge of our lives.

Understanding how to use the law of attraction will help you become the leader of your life again.
Whether you believe in the Law of Attraction or not, just like the law of gravity, it is at work in your life 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You are constantly using the law of attraction and are attracting to your life and business, whatever you give your attention, energy and focus to, whether positive or negative.
There are only three Law of Attraction steps
1. Ask yourself what you desire (so go after something you really want!)
2. Believe that you will get it, no matter what.
3. Allow the universe to respond to your desire and becoming a willing receiver of good
Morning Happiness Ritual
Want to have a smashing great day, create positivity and attract what you want?  All it takes is a few minutes to visualize your day.
Set your alarm 5 minutes early
Close your eyes and smile
Pretend you are just waking up
Thank God that you are alive
Picture your day and the people and situations you are grateful for
Think about what you are expecting from this day, and what you want to happen
Allow yourself to see it happening. Be more specific than saying, “I want to have a great day!” If you are having a client meeting, visualize a productive meeting and the results you want to create.  Law of attraction demands we request, believe and allow. Be specific not vague.
The secret to happiness is positivity and focusing on abundance. Decide to be happier and more abundant. I mean really decide. Decide every day when you wake up that something wonderful will happen to you today and allow it to happen! Your abundant life is waiting, better get busy!
Tip of the Month: November 2013
Chere Borke gives dietitians a boost of confidence to live the life they have always wanted.  For three decades Chere has helped turnaround people’s lives and work so they can live a life that ignites their soul and pocketbook.  She helps dietitians find clarity so they can be both the best moms and businesswomen living without regrets. 
As a Law of Attraction facilitator she loves helping RDS attract a satisfying career, getting compensated for what they are worth and creating a joy filled family life at the SAME time.
Chere speaks nationally and is a member of NSA traveling across the country helping people discover abundant energy, and helping them create a life of health, passion and purpose. 

How to Feel Accomplished Every Day

In today's multitasking world, we easily get distracted. And some days, we do everything else but what we really needed to do. It's time to get productive!

Make a to-do list each and every day, starting with the most important or draining tasks first, so you get them done! And focus on each task as you go. If you're writing a blog post, close your internet and email tabs, so you can remain focused. If you're answering emails, don't pick up the phone call from your sister. Return the call later when you have time.

Stay focused and pick only 2-3 high-priority tasks that are realistic for you to get done in a given day. And work when you're at your best. For most, our energy is at the start of the day and you can only do so many “high-powered” mental tasks in a 24-hour period. Do the ones you must do and check them off as you go. You’ll feel accomplished and less stressed later.

We take care of everyone else. Now, start taking care of YOU. It's amazing what happens when we focus!

Tip of the Month: October 2013

Corinne Dobbas, MS, RD

4 Essential Things to Do BEFORE Walking into FNCE

1) Create memorable business cards:  We pass out so many business cards during FNCE that sometimes it can be hard to keep track of who’s who.  Make your card unforgettable with a uniquely designed logo or picture of yourself so people can attach a name to a face.  Also, jot down a few quick notes after you’ve spoken to someone on their card to refer to next time.  For example, if someone was telling you about how much they love their dog, Milo, make sure to mention Milo when you connect with them again at a later time for a personalized touch!

2) Prep your elevator speech: Another valuable tip I learned at the first NE Networking Event I ever attended was to have a 30-60 second elevator speech prepared. Being able to succinctly let people know what I do has helped me not only network with fellow dietitians, but also promote my services to potential clients without sounding sales-y.  Shape your speech by starting with who you work with (your niche), what value/service you provide, and create your opening “what I do” line.  Trust me, if you can deliver a powerful elevator speech, you are way ahead of the game.

3) Tweet to Meet: Nutrition entrepreneurs tend to be so social media-savvy that many of our friends in the biz are virtual! FNCE is the perfect opportunity to meet face-to-face.  I can’t tell you how many times I overhear “Hey, I follow you on Twitter!” at FNCE and it’s a great way to break the ice and make a new friend or contact.  It’s as simple as sending out a tweet: “Hey @sarahkoszykRD are you going to the #NEDPG Breakfast on Sunday? Let’s meet up!” or send out a mass tweet “Who’s going to the #NEDPG Breakfast on Sunday?”  Instead of being worried that you won’t know anyboyd, you’ll walk into the event with an automatic group to connect with!

4) Put your FNCE badge front-and-center: I remember at one of my first FNCE sessions, past NEDPG president, Emma Fogt, taught me a trick:  Adjust the strap so your nametag is closer to your chest rather than your bellybutton.  This makes it easier for people to see your name right away without having to look down at your tag (and avoid any awkwardness of incorrect/forgotten names).  It sounds like a small thing, but I can’t tell you how useful it’s been and I always appreciate when others do the same!

Tip of the Month: September 2013

Kristen Carlucci, RDN
Director Member Services, Nutrition Entrepreneurs