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”…

HIIT vs LISS

HIIT certainly has a cult following. Sometimes it seems like it’s the only type of workout that I hear mentioned these days. There are very good reasons for people who are physically able to do HIIT to do so – namely it improves cardiorespiratory fitness both during exercise and at rest, and you will continue…

Healthy-ish Hot Dogs, Brownies, and Baked Beans for the 4th

  What Most People Eat: Processed meats cooked at really high temperatures How to Make It Better: There are a lot of really good reasons to avoid processed meats, in general, and to especially avoid those that have been charred. If you want to learn more about the carcinogens and atherosclerosis-promoting compounds created naturally and…

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…

Why Our Kids Are at Risk for Cirrhosis

Fatty liver disease is often ignored or minimized, but this is a big, big mistake. Everyone has a little bit of fat in their liver. However, once someone has enough fat in their liver to account for 5-10% of the organ’s total weight, they have fatty liver disease. There is fatty liver disease caused by…

Martyr Much?

You probably know someone with a “martyr complex” or a “victim complex”, but maybe you didn’t know that’s what it’s called. We all sacrifice out time, money, energy, and happiness for others sometimes. Someone with a martyr complex  believes that they have no choice but to continue to sacrifice their needs and desires for others;…

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 obviously 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…

We Need to Talk About Rural Health

 I don’t believe that anyone can have a well-informed  discussion about healthcare policy without first turning an eye towards rural health in the U.S. There are many different ways to define an area as “rural”, but it’s fair to say that 15-20% of the total population in America lives in a rural area. I am…

What Can Be Done About Catastrophizing

This is the last post of a three part series: Understanding Catastrophizing, The Role of Catastrophizing in Chronic Pain, and What Can Be Done About Catastrophizing The first step to stopping catastrophizing is, not surprisingly, awareness. People who catastrophize really don’t recognize what they’re doing – this is their reality. That’s why if someone is…

The Role of Catastrophizing in Chronic Pain

  This is the second post of a three part series: Understanding Catastrophizing, The Role of Catastrophizing in Chronic Pain, and What Can Be Done About Catastrophizing Interestingly, a good bit of work is being done to understand pain catastrophizing right now. After all, pain is known to be much more than a sensory experience;…

Understanding Catastrophizing

This is the first post of a three part series: Understanding Catastrophizing, The Role of Catastrophizing in Chronic Pain, and What Can Be Done About Catastrophizing Catastrophizing in general is believing that something is worse than it actually is; for example, believing that because you lost your job, you are destined to become homeless and…