The Link Between Lifestyle and Kidney Disease

One in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease, according to the National Kidney Foundation. Some of the risk factors are out of your control, but there are several that you can do something about: Not Controllable: family history of kidney failure; being age 60 or older; being African American/Black, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific…

A Modern-Day Fable for the Emotionally Wounded

I’m going to tell you a story. There once was a woman named Naivete who was very, very kind. In fact, she was so kind that she repeatedly found herself in situations that were dangerous to her, either emotionally or physically. After many, many years of mistreatment, Naivete decided that she wanted to get to…

The Story of Illness: Narrative Medicine

Anyone who has ever taken the time to talk to an ill person (pretty much all of us), know that the person never says the things that are written about them in medical charts. They describe their symptoms, their disease progression, and their outlook in terms of analogy and simile. In essence: they tell the…

Are You On an Anti-Inflammatory Diet? Do You Know What That Means?

  Just a few of the headlines that have caught my attention and furrowed my brow in the past week: The One Anti-Inflammatory Breakfast You Should Eat to Lose Fat, According to a Trainer 4 Anti-Inflammatory Supplements Docs Swear by for Weight Loss 4 Anti-Inflammatory Foods Docs Say You Should Eat to Speed Up Your…

Wellness Whac-A-Mole

  Given enough time and access to the necessary programs and calculators, you could discover how likely you are to have a heart attack in the next few years, how much your estimated medical expenses are for 2018, what your life expectancy is…you could collect a lot of numbers in ink on paper that are…

Feeding the Fire: The Science of Eating for Exercise

  Many people complain of feeling like they’ve “hit the wall” when they’re exercising, which essentially just means that you’ve burnt through all of the glucose stored as glycogen in your skeletal muscle and liver. When this happens, you’re literally running on empty. This can be dangerous because when you are dragging during a workout…

5 Things to Keep in Mind on Bad Days

I’ve written about my attempts at becoming a better person before – how I’m potentially the least mindful person alive; how I use self-help books as a nice thing to read while I’m drinking my morning coffee without ever actually delving into anything; how I tried meditation a few times and then realized that I…

Are Your Snacks Helping You or Hurting You?

There is a huge difference between a “snack” and a “treat”, regardless of what the food manufacturers try to tell you. A snack should be like a “mini meal” and contain smaller amounts of the nourishing foods that should make up your main meals. If your snack doesn’t both provide nutrition and keep you full…

This Dietitian Loves Her Coffee: Here’s Why

  I’ve gotten a lot of comments from surprised people when they see that I’m drinking coffee, because they falsely believe that it’s a “bad” habit.  It’s true that caffeine is an addictive stimulant and it’s also true that it has been linked to some pretty negative health problems, including: recurrent migraines, anxiety, insomnia, GERD,…

A Dozen Lessons in a Dozen Years of Being a Registered Dietitian

  I have been a registered dietitian for almost exactly a dozen years, which makes me want to write something to commemorate the occasion. Without further adieu, here are the top 12 things that I have learned in the past 12 years: It’s not really about nutrition a lot of the time. What is it…

Moving Beyond Supplements to Medical Food

  Medical foods are becoming increasingly popular as patients and doctors alike search for alternatives to traditional medications. Medical Foods are in their own FDA regulated category and are defined as “a product specifically formulated for the dietary management of a nutritional need in order to manage a disease or health condition”. Unlike dietary supplements,…