Vida Fuel - Nutrition & Wellness blog

  • Dietitian Toolbox: DIY Bulletin Board on "Bone Health"

    About Vidafuel is committed to providing the tools and resources that help support dietitians working in a clinic. Below are the tools you need to...
  • How to Protect Against Infection With Protein

    In the last year, research has shown a familiar macronutrient has gained recognition in helping improve patient outcomes: protein. More specifically, the protein in our blood known as albumin. This blog post aims to educate on protein and how it can be used to help protect against infection.

  • 7 Key Factors That Affect Albumin Status in End-Stage Renal Disease

    Kidney damage can cause protein to be released in the urine. This takes albumin from the blood leading to hypoalbuminemia. Read about the 7 key factors that affect albumin status in end-stage renal disease, written by our team of dietitians.

  • Meet our dietitians: Dana Trotta, MS, RDN, CSR

    Meet Dana Trotta, MS, RDN, CSR: As a Vidafuel Clinical Educator (and registered dietitian), Dana has spent the last ten years refining her skills teaching others about diet and nutrition.

    In our latest blog post, Dana shares:

    • Her educational background and why she chose dietetics
    • Why she recommends a high-quality nutrient diet
    • What it's like being a renal dietitian and clinical educator for Vidafuel
  • Osteopenia and Osteoporosis: What You Need to Know

    Natural bone loss is very common as we get older. On average, osteopenia affects half of Americans over age 50, and osteoporosis causes an estimated two million broken bones every year. There are several main causes of osteopenia and osteoporosis, including: genetics, lack of exercise, and diet lacking calcium and/or vitamin D.
  • Osteopenia: The Latest Research Findings

    Our dietitians share the latest research on osteopenia — looking at the common risk factors, how to detect it, and the impact of nutrition on its progression. Also included is a free, ready-to-print guide to help educate patients on osteopenia and osteoporosis and actionable steps they can take toward its prevention.
  • Meet our dietitians: Vanessa Rojas-Bautista, RDN

    Meet Vanessa Rojas-Bautista, RDN: As a Vidafuel Sales Executive (and registered dietitian), Vanessa has been passionate about helping others on their journey to better nutrition for as long as she can remember.

    In our latest blog post, Vanessa candidly shares her personal journey, including:

    • What inspired her to enter the world of nutrition
    • Food recommendations for eating out or ordering in
    • What is the best (or worst) diet out there? 
    • How she went above and beyond to help a patient with high phosphorus get down to a normal level
  • Research Update: The Latest Clinical Findings on COVID-19, Albumin, and Nutrition

    Our dietitians share the latest research on the impact of albumin and early nutrition intervention on COVID-19 patients. Also included is a free, ready-to-print guide to help educate patients on how to protect themselves through adequate protein intake.
  • Meet our dietitians: Julie Ruff, RD

    Meet Julie Ruff, RD: As a registered dietitian and clinical educator at Vidafuel, the most common question Julie gets asked is: "Can you write me a meal plan?!". And while everyone's dietary needs are different, there's one piece of advice she stands by: all foods can be enjoyed in moderation!

    Get to know her as she shares:

    • What inspired her to enter the world of nutrition
    • How she helped a patient get off dialysis and become eligible for a kidney transplant
    • Nutritional advice on high-quality vs. low-quality food
  • The Harmful Effects of Artificial Sweeteners (and why we avoid them!)

    Our dietitians share the latest research on artificial sweeteners and why we choose to avoid them. Also included is a free, ready-to-print guide to help your patients choose the right protein supplement for their needs.
  • Meet our dietitians: Ellen Paterson, RDN

    Meet Ellen Paterson, RDN: Vidafuel's VP of Sales and Business Development, and registered Dietitian. Ellen loves to educate and promote a healthier lifestyle through foodGet to know her as she shares: 

    • Her personal journey and how it influenced her career
    • Patient stories that made an impact
    • When someone should get in touch with a dietitian
    • Her favorite food (after a salad, of course!)
  • What You Should Know About Sarcopenia

    Natural muscle loss is very common as we get older. On average, adults lose 3% of their muscle strength every year, which can begin as early as the age of 30. There are several main causes of sarcopenia, and those who suffer from obesity, diabetes and low levels of vitamin D are more susceptible to it.