I am a “foodie“– have been my whole life! My parents grew “organic” produce in our home garden long before “organic” was a popular word. I learned that good food really starts at the very beginning–in which varieties you choose to grow–and in how good your growing conditions are.
My mother and both of my grandmothers were wonderful cooks and bakers–they really were food “artists.” My father was an excellent gardener and he appreciated good California wine and food all of his life. He planted heritage Italian varieties of garlic and onions and he planted dozens of fruit trees in our yard. He used to prepare the garden soil every week by digging a trench and burying fish heads and fish innards and fresh horse manure–and the result was amazing—dark, rich, loose, fragrant, warm soil! Our garden was gorgeous and very productive! As a young man he planted hundreds of grapevine plants in the commercial vineyards of Asti, Geyserville and Cloverdale.
I went on to college to study and appreciate the “science” of food–but never forgetting the “art” of food. I created and taught the very popular cooking class “CardioCuisine ™ ” to help people cook delicious food that is lower in fat and sodium. I am a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator now, practicing in Marin County, in Northern California, and I try to keep the science and art of food in balance whenever possible.
I am a Marin County native and have been a dietitian in private practice in Marin since 1979. I have counseled thousands of patients for elevated cholesterol and triglycerides, diabetes, weight loss, hypertension, celiac disease, gastrointestinal problems, underweight, kidney disease and childhood feeding problems. I have seen patients for other nutrition-related problems, including eating disorders and post-surgical gastrointestinal problems in colon cancer patients, gall bladder surgery patients and gastric bypass patients. I am a Certified Diabetes Educator and see Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics, adults with Latent Autoimmune Diabetes (LADA) and women with gestational diabetes.
I went to undergraduate and graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, with Bachelor and Master degrees in Nutrition. I have a strong science background and my graduate research work was on the effect of different dietary fibers on bile acid excretion in humans and animals. I determined which co-carcinogens are formed from bile acids in the presence or absence of fiber. This led to my understanding of cholesterol metabolism—(bile acids are made from cholesterol)–which I used later in my work counseling hyperlipidemia patients.
Prior to the wide-spread use of statin drugs to lower cholesterol, I was the in-house dietitian for Cardiovascular Associates of Marin and San Francisco for 14 years. In “the old days” we lowered cholesterol with dietary changes rather than with drugs. I am a past-president of the American Heart Association, Marin Chapter and I have authored several publications on nutrition and heart disease and stroke prevention. I have also worked with the American Cancer Society, writing diet and cancer information brochures published by the National Cancer Institute. I am a past-president of the California Dietetic Association, Bay Area District, a group of 500 dietitians in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I created and taught the “CardioCuisine™ Cooking Class” in Marin for 5 years. I have worked as a consultant to Bay Area restaurants, helping them design heart-healthy recipes and menus. I was a co-author of “Dining Out in Marin,” a guide to low fat eating in Marin restaurants. I have also worked with Marin schools to help improve the school lunch program. I taught upper division nutrition courses and laboratories to nutrition majors for 2 years at San Jose State University. I have served as Preceptor for Dietetics students from the University of California, Berkeley.
Krames Communications/Stay Well, Inc. has now published over a dozen booklets with me as the primary consultant: “You Can Control Your Cholesterol” (over 6 million copies sold, award-winning), “Low Fat Eating” (award-winning) and “Weight Control” and six brochures on healthful eating including: “Eating Out” and “Healthy Cooking.” I also contributed to “Women and Heart Disease,” “Low Sodium Eating,” “Osteoporosis” and “Eating Well with Diabetes.” The most recent publications I have written include my dietary recommendations in the“On Demand” hospital patient discharge instructions.
I have been a frequent in-studio guest on KGO Radio and KGO News has used me as a nutrition expert for many news stories on their Live Line segments. I have appeared on local and national television (CNN) as an expert dietitian. Newspapers and magazines, including the Marin Independent Journal, have used me as a media expert on nutrition topics.
I am often told by patients that I explain complicated things in a clear way. My strong understanding of metabolism, and how it relates to medical problems, helps me explain to patients why and how dietary changes will help them with their problems.
Most people in the United States and Canada with the name “Del Tredici” are related to me–or came from ancestors from a very nearby town in Tuscany–and are most likely distantly related. I also have relatives in Italy, Germany, France and Argentina.
My blog here is a reflection of my wide interest in food. It is not always low in fat, sugar or sodium–so please don’t think everything I write about is okay for everyone to eat all the time. In my articles I will try to indicate if a recipe is not good for some people. Many of my recipes will have nutrition information displayed, too, so you can make your own decisions about the foods. I have a degree in food science, too, so sometimes I am just fascinated with how a recipe or a food behaves in certain circumstances. I hope you enjoy my view of food–and be sure to let me know if you’d like me to take on a particular food or subject. Enjoy!
“Del Tredici” is pronounced: “Del Tred-itchy”