Why Won’t “Biggest Loser” Contests Die Already?

I have always hated “Biggest Loser” style contests, and yet they remain one of the most-requested wellness campaigns. To be clear, this is what we are trying to replicate in the name of health: After the first season, participants confessed to resorting to extreme dehydration to lose weight and the winner, Ryan Benson, told The New York Times that…

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, and what your life expectancy is. You could collect a lot of numbers in ink on paper…

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 adverse 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…

Four Words This Dietitian Hates

Words have more power than we give them credit for and there are a lot of words that irk me when people use them during conversations about food and nutrition. Healthy – Define “healthy” for me, because your definition is likely very different from mine. If you tell me that you want a “healthy diet”…

My Growing Bones

When I was 30, and my body decided to rebel against me, I found out that I had osteopenia- actually, pretty severe osteopenia that resulted in the doctor writing, “warranting treatment…fracture risk is moderate”.  I drank (literally) a gallon of milk every day or two when I was young, and no, osteoporosis doesn’t run in…

It’s Not All About About Grams and Milligrams

During one of my most frustrating experiences in the fun field of clinical dietetics, I had a husband and wife who were apparently under the influence of at least one potent substance, yell the names of random foods at me in a rapid-fire style for well over an hour. He had hypertension, and she had…

When Wellness Died

We took a good idea, chopped it into a million meaningless pieces and worked it to death. Now we have this idea that “wellness” on a corporate level comes down to having your blood drawn for lipid and glucose measurement and filling out what is essentially a really long survey about what you eat, whether…

What You Won’t Find Here

The following is an abbreviated list of stuff that you’re not going to find here that you can see in abundance other places if you so desire: You’re not going to find recipes that I’ve copied from other websites and magazines, changed two or three ingredients, and called my own. There’s a fine line between…