“Healthy Diet” Modifications To Consider Based On Your Age & Sex | Lina Begdache, PhD

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AN INTRODUCTION TO DR. LINA BEGDACHE:

Dr. Lina Begdache is an assistant professor in the Health and Wellness Studies department at Binghamton University.

She received her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology with a Neuroscience concentration—also at Binghamton University—and a master’s degree in Nutrition Sciences from the University at Buffalo.

Dr Begdache is a Registered-Dietitian Nutritionist, a Certified Nutrition-Specialist-Scholar, a Certified Dietitian Nutritionist, AND a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

She’s also a speaker and a writer on different topics on nutrition, brain health and mood. 

Her research focuses on depicting and modeling the links between dietary and lifestyle factors (such as stress, sleep, and exercise) in relation to mental distress (like anxiety and depression) and brain function. 

She has a special interest in gender differences and age groups as brain morphology differ across these groups.

In the episode, Dr. Begdache shares nuanced nutrition changes we should consider based on our sex and age, a primary reason for unwanted weight change during the pandemic, two common misconceptions about nutrition that really irk her…and more!


QUESTIONS I ASK DR. BEGDACHE IN THE EPISODE:

  • What’s your story? (Specifically, what led you to become a registered dietician and professor of nutrition?)
  • I originally found you through your research on custom diets for mental health, so I’d love to talk about that first…
    • Can everyone follow the same “healthy diet”? Why or why not?
    • How do you distinguish between “young” and “mature” adults?
    • Why are there different recommendations for different age groups?
    • Let’s talk about the unique recommendations you discovered that may be optimal for different groups: young women, mature women, young men, and mature men
  • Aside from this research, what have been some of your other interesting research findings?
  • What new research are you working on? What questions do you still have?
  • You wrote an article about unwanted weight loss/gain during the pandemic. Can you elaborate on that?
  • What are some of your suggestions for preventing overeating when we’re at home a lot (like during the pandemic, or working from home)
  • What are some of the biggest misconceptions floating around, re: nutrition?

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