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,…

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…