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Dominique Adair, MS, RD, CLS, TTS

Dominique is well known for her contribution to cardiovascular and cardiometabolic disease management as a part of clinical treatment teams and as a medical educator. She holds a board certification in lipidology (Clinical Lipid Specialist) and brings to the conversation a sophisticated understanding of the identification, diagnosis and interventions to treat cardiovascular and other metabolic diseases. Additionally, Dominique has worked extensively with the entertainment industry and with collegiate and professional athletes, specializing in evidenced-based performance nutrition without compromising optimal health. Dominique serves as an advisor and on-air commentator to electronic and print media including the traditional commercial broadcast television networks, as well as CNBC, CNN and others. She recently partnered with Dr. Oz and ShareCare, making wellness and healthy weight a realistic and accessible goal for hundreds of thousands of people via a digital educational and cloud-based support arena. Dominique has contributed to the development of local and national health policy by serving on numerous boards, including her present position on the American Council on Exercise’s Scientific Advisory Panel. A Registered Dietitian, Dominique earned her undergraduate degree at Barnard College/Columbia University and master’s degree in clinical nutrition from City University of New York, graduating from both with Phi Beta Kappa honors. She is also a Mayo Clinic trained Tobacco Treatment Specialist. Dominique lives with her 14-year-old son in New York and enjoys running, cooking and helping anyone make a lifelong commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

Recent Posts

NLA Guidelines – Sorting Fact from Fiction

Posted by Dominique Adair, MS, RD, CLS, TTS on Feb 9, 2017 10:34:00 AM

With nutrition information everywhere, it can be hard to tell fact from fiction.  Scientific breakthroughs happen from time to time, but they are very rarely “breakthrough” despite the sensational news headlines.  Making sense of these exaggerated news bites can be difficult for most.  In fact, the National Lipid Association, a well-respected organization of scientific professionals, just released their version of nutrition education materials1 to help healthcare providers help patients make better nutrition choices.   This marks a significant step forward in combatting nutrition mythology and in helping healthcare professionals provide legitimate nutrition education to their patients. 

I’ve always believed in the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Silly).   There is lots of sound information out there that is well supported by research, but we also see a lot of not so great or even downright harmful information being passed around.  Here are a few strategies I have shared with my clients over the years to help them detect the truth from the fiction:

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Topics: Food and Nutrition, Expert Support, Latest Science

Quitting Tobacco – Practice Makes Perfect

Posted by Dominique Adair, MS, RD, CLS, TTS on Nov 17, 2016 10:30:00 AM


As it is Great American Smokeout Day, it is important to raise awareness that people trying to quit smoking often feel a lot of shame around failed attempts.  Reframing multiple quit attempts as practice for eventual success instead of submission to multiple failures can have an enlightening effect on someone trying to quit.  Understanding these challenges and some tobacco myths and half-truths can help people get closer to quitting smoking for good.

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Topics: Expert Support, Men's Health, Empowerment, Women's Health

8 Important Facts About Diabetes

Posted by Dominique Adair, MS, RD, CLS, TTS on Apr 7, 2016 11:37:00 AM

Diabetes is more common than you may think. In fact, type 2 diabetes affects some 18 million Americans! That means that you, your relatives and/or your friends may have diabetes or have been affected by it in some way. But how much do you actually know about diabetes?

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Topics: About Stroke, Diabetes and CVD, Wellness, Men's Health, Women's Health

How to Avoid Diabetes

Posted by Dominique Adair, MS, RD, CLS, TTS on Mar 10, 2016 11:24:00 AM

A few years ago a patient said to me, “Dominique, you act like everyone has diabetes.”  That really struck home. I had been explaining to him that he should exercise regularly (about 300 min/week) and eat a mostly plant-based diet with enough lean, heart healthy protein and occasional high-fiber grains. “That’s how my aunt has to eat,” he said. ”She has diabetes but I don’t,” he expressed. Suddenly, I realized what I had probably been recommending all along—eat as if you have diabetes and you are less likely to get it. 

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Topics: Food and Nutrition, About Stroke, Diabetes and CVD, Wellness

The Best Diet Isn’t a Diet at All But a Healthy ‘Eating Pattern’

Posted by Dominique Adair, MS, RD, CLS, TTS on Feb 11, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Eat less fat! No, eat more fat but only the right kinds! Wait! Eat low glycemic, high fiber, three meals, six meals, no, graze all day long!   All this nutrition information is ripe with plenty of good advice but also a lot of contradictions and myths. Sorting it out can be extremely confusing.

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Topics: Food and Nutrition, Wellness, Men's Health, Women's Health