A little over a month ago, I had a great experience taping a segment covering the truth about sweeteners and healthy diets for the Lifetime TV show, The Balancing Act. I flew down to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Sunday evening and Monday morning I went to The Balancing Act studios where I met with the producer of the show to review the segment and set up the table with food I would be discussing. (Oh, and I also got my hair and makeup done – always a fun part of going on TV!).
Once everything was set up and I was ready to go, I met the host of the show, Danielle Knox. She was so enthusiastic about the topic and so full of energy and personality! Taping the segment with her was a blast – she was easy to talk to, as if I was talking to a friend – I didn’t even realize I was on camera! We discussed my general tips for people who are trying to eat a healthy balanced diet, the fact that all sweeteners are nutritionally equivalent, and why the rise of obesity in our country is not due to the consumption of high fructose corn syrup – a common misconception these days.
Also, since it’s back-to-school time and Danielle, as well as many of The Balancing Act viewers are mothers, we spent some time talking about balancing a child’s healthy snacks and sweets. For some great tips on how families can help their children lead healthier lives at the table, check out my post from earlier this year.
What I love the most about being a media dietitian is the opportunity to share important messages and information about food and health, especially when dispelling popular myths about certain foods and ingredients. It makes me proud to be a dietitian when I can help others understand that in moderation all foods fit in a diet and as part of a balanced life. That’s a message all women everywhere need to hear, and The Balancing Act was the perfect place to spread the message! Tune in to The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television next Monday September 24th at 7 a.m. EST.
Disclaimer: I am a consultant to the Corn Refiners Association (CRA); however, all statements and opinions are my own.