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Roberta Anding


Disordered Eating and Eating Disorders (DEED)

Sports Dietetics – USA (SD-USA)

Wellness and Cardiovascular RDs (Wellness/CV)

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Roberta Anding, MS,RD/LD,CSSD,CDE,FAND is the sports dietitian for Baylor College of Medicine department of Orthopedics Surgery and Corporate Programs. In clinical practice, she is the sports dietitian for the Houston Astros and the Rice University Owls. She is a past SCAN chair and past HOD representative. Roberta is the incoming chair of the Committee
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  • I'm loving "Nutrition Made Clear"! It reminds me of the Nancy Clark athletic nutrition books of the 70's and 80's, but with more science and many years of added knowledge.

    One correction - it is never 95 degrees and 95% relative humidity in Houston or anywhere on this planet. Southerrn India comes closest. In a typical weather year the highest one-hour relative humidity in Houston at 95F is 55%,. The highest wet-bulb temperature is ~81F, and WB temp is the factor that limits the ability of sweat and respiration to cool humans. I plotted a plychrometric chart of a typical year of Houston weather and hoped to attach it to this message, but I didn't find a choice to upload a file. If you are interested, my email should be available from my registration info for this site. 

    I'm looking forward to to finishing your Great Course!

  • Good morning Prof. Anding,

    I'm a 54 year old, wife, mom, CFO of our family owned business, and a personal trainer for the senior population 3 days a week.  For fun, I like to ride my bike from Houston to Austin for Multiple Sclerosis and train for that four months of the year.  

    I have two daughters (no other pregnancies) I was 23 and 26 when they were born.  I had my uterus and cervix removed laproscopically when I was 47.  

    So I eat well and exercise.  I do not take any supplements.  I take Ramipril 5 mg daily for HBP.  I take 5 mg of Synthroid for hypothyroidism.  Two days ago I was diagnosed with high cholesterol.  Tri 146, LdL 139, HDL 62.  I just received a call from my doctor's office with the results of my bone density test.  

    it states that my left femur neck meets the criteria for osteopenia and places me at a medium risk for fracture.  Ugggg Charlie Brown!  All other areas were within normal range.  She put me on 1200 mg of calcium/day and 800 mg of Vitamin D.  Are all brand of supplements created equal? 

    I do not drink or smoke.  No one in my family has ever had osteoperosis.   I also do not take any hormones.  What am I doing wrong?

    Your wise advise would be greatly appreciated.  I understand you cannot diagnose anything over an email, but any advice or just pointing me in the right direction will be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,

    Cindy Rhodes 

    Personal email:

    Work email:  


  • Defensive Tackle committed to Jacksonville University. I am 6'0" and 270lbs.  I have watched JJ Watt over the past 6 years, and have seen him go from being a big, thick defensive lineman to a lean and toned athlete while losing only 4lbs in the process. I'm currently  big and thick and would like to undergo a similar transformation. Would you have any dietary tips or plans that would help me achieve my goal of getting more lean without losing weight? 

  • Hi Ms Anding! I am looking for a professional tgat help me to gain muscle, based in macronutrients control and diet.. Could you help me?

  • Hi Roberta,

    Hope 2016 is off to a great start for you! My name is Dan Watts, I provide training for the portable BodyMetrix Pro Ultrasound Body Composition System our company produces and wondered if assessments were a part of your protocol? Our website is Accuracy for body fat % is one facet of the system comparable to DEXA, without the high price tag. What’s unique is ultrasound has the ability to render easy images offering definitive proof similar to an X-ray showing fat and muscle thickness changes over time, validating the hard work clients put in and risk levels for chronic disease while shifting focus away from scale weight. Some of our clients include the RD's and nutritionists at EXOS, every major sports market, universities, wellness centers, etc. I'm happy to answer any questions you have or provide a web-based demo. If you're interested, please feel free to email me at

    I look forward to hearing your thoughts!

    Take Care,



  •  My name is Bree Lanclos and I currently a dietetic intern at Lamar University. My internship director is allowing us one week for an elective rotation of our choosing. I was wondering if I could spend four days with you for my rotation, the week of May 9th. I do not have any sports nutrition experience and am wondering if it is actually where I belong. I know that the internship is all about learning  where you should or should not work. I know this is a strange request, but I do not want to waste such an amazing opportunity. Thank you for your consideration,

    Bree Lanclos, BS, Lamar University, dietetic intern, 2015 

    Roberta Anding replied:

    Posted: 12/11/2015 7:56:51 PM

    Hi Bree- Unfortunately I don't work in an environment that allows interns.  You might want to contact Steve Smith at the Texans.  The University of Houston is hiring a sports dietitian and you could check there as well.  Good luck!

  • I am a 54 yr. old, independent personal fitness trainer for the senior population.  For the last 6 years, I have cycled Jan.-April to train for the BP MS 150. I have high blood pressure.  Both of my parents have it.

    I have been taking Ramipril for the last 10 years.  My doctor instructed me to avoid grapefruit.  He said it would reduce the efficacy of the medication. Unfortunately, I have not researched this claim...yet.

    P.S.  I love your seminar on Nutrition Made Clear.  It is full of valuable information.  I downloaded it to my phone and listen to it during my commute to work. I have learned so much already.  Thank you. 

    Roberta Anding replied:

    Posted: 10/22/2015 2:28:13 PM

    Many drugs are influenced by grapefruit secondary its influence on a pathway that metabolizes drugs.  Thanks for your kind words on Nutrition Made Clear.  Loved working with the Teaching Company

  • Ms. Anding 

    i aprecciate your quick response and yes im located in houston. thank you

  • Dear Ms.Andig 

    I hope you are having a great day.

    I am writing to find out, where can we schedule an appointment with you, im a college athlete and im having troubles improving even though i know i have a great diet, im used to be monitored by a dietitian but i want to take a higher step and im sure i can achieve it with you. thank you

    Roberta Anding replied:

    Posted: 9/2/2015 7:24:17 PM

    Where are you located?  Houston? 

  • Dear Roberta,

    Hope this email finds you well .

    I am writing to find out whether I can benefit from your expertise in sports nutrition via internet.

    I do workout 3 times a week , mostly weights and some cardio in the beginning of the session.

     I can arrange for the fee via credit card or transfer to your account.

    Looking forward to receiving your response.

    thanks and best regards,




    Roberta Anding replied:

    Posted: 10/29/2014 10:15:11 PM

    Sorry I saw this late, email me at and I can see if I can help you

  • Hi Dr. Anding. I am an aspiring dietitian my completing my undergraduate work in Nutrition and Dietetics with minors in dance and biology through the coordinated program at Viterbo University. I greatly admire your past work with dance training and really look up to you as a dietitian. Thank you for serving as a fantastic role model in exemplifying ways that one can touch the lives of thousands through dietetics and dance!

    As part of the Coordinated Program, I have the option during my final semester (Spring of 2015) to complete supervised practice with a dietitian outside of Viterbo. Do you see any plausibility in me doing a 6 week rotation under your supervision in Texas? If not, do you know of anyone who I might be able to complete it with who is an RD and/or works with dancers?

    Looking forward to hearing from you!

    My email address is
    Amanda Emilee Moder

  • Hi Dr. Anding,

    I am listening to you Great Courses lecture.  They are very informative!  I realize that food is the best source for vitamins.  

    But some of my patients have heard about the constituents of vitamins being sourced from China and other countries even if finally produced in the USA.  I have researched this and the labels "Made, manufactured or produced" in the USA  allows for them to be sourced from China and other countries.  I have also read about heavy metals from the water etc in these countries as well as other toxic substances being in the vitamins, which as most know, are not regulated by the FDA.  I shop at Whole Foods and they say their vitamins are sourced from other countries including China.  If you were to take a vitamin, how would you research whether there is, or do you know of, an independent company that provides adequate quality control for the constituents of the vitamin no matter where they are sourced or made?  I'd like to buy and recommend products but not if there is no telling what is in them!  Thanks, Elizabeth


    Roberta Anding replied:

    Posted: 10/19/2013 5:15:55 PM

    Hi Elizabeth,  You usually need to contact the company.  Being manufactured here does NOT mean that the raw ingredients are from here.  Unfortunately that is where we ARE!


  • I heard you speak at a Memorial Middle School PTA meeting.  You were so knowledgeable and helpful - thank you!

    I believe you mentioned that it can be dangerous for teenage girls to take protein supplements.  How and why are they dangerous?

    My 17 year old elite athlete likes to take  Pure Protein Natural Whey Protein several times a week.  Would you recommend she NOT do this?  Any information you can offer would be very much appreciated, Dr. Anding!

  • Thank you for your fabulous Teaching Comany lectures!  Is there a place in Houston that will do the true bmi testing with either the under water method or the bod pod? I cannot find a place in the Dallas area and I am here with my father-in-law for a couple of weeks while he gets treatment for cancer.

  • Hi Roberta,

    I would like to ask the question of what your thoughts are on how important trace minerals and free radical scavengers are in playing a role in the nutrition of professional athletes.   

  • OK, really strange but it won't let me post. Can you post my comment for me?

    Thank you Roberta for keeping us all informed. You have taken on a big job and I know it is difficult to get a large number of members engaged.

All of my peers above make excellent points.


    My personal feeling is that until The Academy decides to put money into marketing our profession on a broad scale (including all forms of media), we will remain invisible and vulnerable. If people are unaware of our profession, credentialing will not make much difference.
I find myself having to define what a RD is on a daily basis during every presentation I give. This past summer I gave a nutrition presentation to Secondary level School Administrators for Health and Fitness in the state of Texas and not one person in the room had heard of the Academy or even our original name! The same problem occurred while I gave nutrition inservices to two of our largest school districts in Houston. This is a constant occurrence for most RDs I talk with.


    I would like to see funds go toward national TV advertising, Google ads, An Academy app or two, Advertising on popular apps. Whole Foods has an incredible recipe App. Why don't we? We have to get the word out and use social media that reaches out to the public. Whatever we are doing now isn't working. 

  • Hello Roberta! 

    It seems to me that the masses are fed a lot of dietary advice that doesn't seem correct to me when I think it over.  We seem to be the only species that must be advised scientifically on how/when/how often and in what measure to eat.  To gain or maintain muscle one must consume a certain percentage per kilo of bodyweight in protein for instance. We have had a few athletes diverge from this advice (now Arian Foster) and have thrived, as do most every species of animal on the planet.  I myself have at times eaten only fresh fruit, some vegetables with some grain thrown in here and there and felt great, (provided I ate ENOUGH of the fruits and veg).  What are your personal thoughts on athletes and diet and what sort of foods predominate Arians meals these days?       Thank you for the opportunity to talk to you here!   Best regards, James

    Roberta Anding replied:

    Posted: 8/27/2012 7:20:36 PM

    Hi James,  We are also the only species that really has free choice and is subjected to the media messages around food.  I guess those are challenges with the evolved species.  Don't assume that Arian or any other athlete that avoids animal products doesn't get adequate amounts of protein.  Nuts, beans, hummus, soy and seeds all provide protien. So each meal would have an alternative sources of protein.  He works hard and is amazing!

  • Dr. Anding, my husband and i purchased and watched your wonderful lectures for the Teaching Co.  I have been interested in nutrition since the early 60's when trying to feed my children properly and became an Adelle Davis fan.  My children suffered through many glasses of Tigers Miilk.  My question is about probiotic supplements.  My husband and I differ on what you had to say about them.  If we take Greek yogurt everyday, do we need the supplements?   Also you said use 2% yogurt.  Is there a reason for this or can we use fat free or 1% ?  Thank you very much for your advice and for the most helpful and interesting lectures.  Sally James

    Roberta Anding replied:

    Posted: 8/2/2012 7:58:19 PM

    Hi Sally- sorry for my tardy reply.  I would prefer you use non fat yogurt with active cultures and rotate brands ie one week Chobani, the next week Stoneyfield as the cultures are a bit different.  Food is always better but if you have been on antibiotics sometimes a supplement is best!

  • Hi Roberta, 

    My name is Paul Sullivan.  I am a graduate student at Marywood University in Scranton currently persuing my Master's degree in Sport Nutrition and Exercise Physiology.  I am doing a research paper on Activity Disorder / Exercise Addiction related to Eating Disorders.  I would like to know if I would be able to call or e-mail you with some questions if you have a few minutes.  Thanks and hope to hear from you soon! 


    Roberta Anding replied:

    Posted: 10/23/2011 11:27:59 AM

    Please email me Paul and then we can set up a time to talk!

  • Dear Roberta,

    You spoke to a group of parents at our school about a year ago and I refer to the notes from that presentation regularly.  My background is exercise physiology.  I am the mom to a very active 13 year old boy who plays baseball throughout the summers.  I was just asked by his coach if there is anyway you could give us guidelines for nutrition for game days.  The boys are 12 and 13 years old and are about to begin an All-star tournament.  Lately, they have begun complaining that they are not hungry and "tank" during game situations.  Maybe the boys would be more willing to listen to a professional, if you could give them some tips on how to prepare for game day.  We appreciate any advice you could give us.

    Thank you,

    Kari Greenwalt

    Roberta Anding replied:

    Posted: 6/27/2011 8:20:06 PM

    Hi Kari,  I do have a few handouts on game day nutrition.  Can you email me at

  • Dear Roberta,

    Our children's hospital is opening a sports medicine clinic and has expressed interest in having a sports dietitian involved in the clinic. My background is in sports nutrition, after completing my master's in sports nutrition and working at University of Florida athletes for 1 year in the sports nutrition department. If possible I would love to contact you regarding your involvement with the sports medicine clinic.  My email is

    Thank you,

    Stephanie M.C. Wilson, MS, RD, LDN

    Roberta Anding replied:

    Posted: 3/30/2011 6:04:47 AM

    Hey Stephanie,

    What an exciting opportunity for you!  Our sports medicine department is about 20 years old and sports nutrition was added about 5 years ago.  I would be happy to set up a time to talk with you about it.  My personal email is


  • Hi Roberta,

    I just read the blurb about you and what you do in the latest SCAN newsletter. My  name is Tina Gowin. I am a Registered Dietitian in New York City. I currently work in corporate wellness and work mostly with adults. However, I am very interested in sports nutrition, especially when it comes to the pediatric/young adult population. After reading the article, I was very intrigued and really excited to know that a job like yours exists! It sounds really amazing. I just wanted to know how you got into the field and what kinds of books/journals you read to learn more about pediatrics and sports. Any information would be much appreciated.

    My email is


    Tina Gowin, RD, CDN