Food for Thought


Enjoy Your Scoop With a Sprinkle of Science

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July may be “National Ice Cream Month,” but in my house, every month is Ice Cream Month! It is my family’s all-time favorite treat. I think it must be genetic. It is our “go-to” dessert every chance we get.
Concerns about adding extra sugar and fat to the diet keep some people from enjoying their ice cream. Combine those with some of the food ingredient fears I’ve been seeing on the Internet, and ice cream could (undeservedly) be placed off-limits. Don’t get me wrong, I won’t lose any sleep if some people choose not to eat ice cream. But I do get upset when I think that people are making food and nutrition decisions based on fear, not facts. [Read more]


My Secret (and Safe!) Ingredient for Better Running

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When I was 43 years old, I started running as a midlife “experiment.” I ran seven 5K races that summer. That led to a few 10Ks and a 15K over the next couple of years. Finally, I completed a sprint triathlon right before my 46th birthday. [Read more]


5 Ways Summertime Beverages Can Help You Hydrate, Celebrate & Manage Your Weight

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Summer has finally arrived, and along with it comes a few things I’ve been eagerly anticipating. My dreams of warmer weather, outdoor activities and summertime celebrations have come true. [Read more]


Please VOTE for Nutrition Communications!

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If you know me, you know I'm a "Dietitian Enthusiast"! I'm also a huge fan of Diabetes Educators and Extension Specialists. That's why I've devoted my Sound Bites business to empowering and educating dietitians, diabetes educators and extension specialists on boosting their communication skills so that we can get more credible voices out there and take back the nutrition conversation from fearmongers and celebrity "experts".

But I want to do so much more! That's why I've applied for a $100,000 grant from Chase to help support my mission and vision to provide consistent, credible and compelling nutrition and health information to the public so they can disregard the misinformation that leads to confusion, frustration, and inaction, and instead be empowered to make their own well-informed decision based on facts, not fear.

This might be a long shot, but you have to aim high, right? My application won't even be considered if I don't get at least 250 VOTES by June 19th! Wouldn't it be great if I could hire a team of experts to help me conduct more media trainings and create more products and services such as online tutorials and e-books?

If you agree, then please click here to VOTE and share this with your family and friends! Every vote is one step closer to achieving my dream!
VOTE HERE: https://www.missionmainstreetgrants.com/b/53001  or on the banner ad on the right sidebar.

Thank you for your support - it means so much to me!
Melissa


Join Me on the 30 Day Protein Challenge!

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I'm getting ready to do a 30 Day Protein Challenge and I'm inviting you to join me!
Why a Protein Challenge?
Do you know how much protein you’re getting day to day? Do you know if it is enough to support healthy muscle maintenance and to prevent age-related muscle loss? Did you know that age-related muscle loss can begin at a much younger age than you might think? Are you like most people who tend to have a “skewed” intake of protein throughout the day – in other words, not much at breakfast and most of it at dinnertime? Do you know what foods in your diet are providing protein and how much they provide? Do you know what sources are considered high quality protein? [Read more]


I’m so FNCE! And So Are YOU….OR: What Happens at FNCE Doesn’t Stay at FNCE

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To the tune of Iggy Azalea's song "Fancy":
I'm so FNCE
You already know
Went to Atlanta
For the Conference and Expo

I'm so FNCE
with all my CEUs
Hire a Dietitian
Like you know you should….

Well, I’m so FNCE....that I’m fashionably late for a FNCE recap....but just in time for National Nutrition Month (March) and National RD Day (March 11th - although every day is RD Day to me)! Yes, that’s how I roll!! [Read more]


From the Beach to the Barre – How My Triathlon Brought Me Back to Ballet (part three)

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(In part one and part two of this blog post I share my story about why I signed up for a triathlon and what I experienced during training.)
Finally! It was race day! I could hardly believe it. All my hard work was about to pay off – at least that’s what I was hoping. My husband and I arrived at 0-dark-thirty to set up. I was so relieved to find out that Lake Michigan was 54 degrees and pretty calm which meant the swim would not be cancelled. I never thought I would say this but I felt lucky to get the chance to swim in 54 degree water! [Read more]


Panic Attacks, Wetsuits and Weight Gain…NOT What I Expected from a Triathlon! (part two)

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In part one of this post I explained how my midlife experiment of running led me to sign up for a triathlon. My midlife experiment was about to become a lot more interesting.

The type of triathlon I signed up for was a “sprint” triathlon which means the race would consist of a 500 meter swim, a 20K bike ride and a 5K run. I talked to everyone I knew who had done a triathlon and collected training tips. I’m not a strong swimmer so the first thing I did was begin taking lessons. I also got up at 5 am two days a week for open water swimming and brick training[Read more]


What in the world possessed me to sign up for a triathlon? My Guilt-Free RD Philosophy on Exercise: Beliefs, Barriers and Behaviors (Part One)

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I recently completed my first (only?) triathlon. While I’m very happy that my training and race day were successful, I’m just as happy that it’s finally over! It has been quite an interesting experience – I have learned much more than I anticipated.
I can still see that look in someone’s eye when they’d find out I was training for a triathlon. They were so impressed! But then I would declare, “It’s not what you think! It’s not that impressive – it’s actually kind of crazy!”
I’m not knocking all the athletic folks out there, but I do believe you have to be a little bit “cray cray” to sign up for a triathlon. Had I lost my mind? How did I get there? Well, to answer that question I need to go back to the beginning and tell you what led me to even considering a triathlon. [Read more]


When Diabetes Hits Close to Home – The Journey Begins

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One of the most fulfilling aspects of being a dietitian and certified diabetes educator is helping people with diabetes become enlightened and empowered to take charge of their diabetes and their health. It is so rewarding to help people and find solutions and discover ways to get support for their diabetes self-management goals. There's such a "fear factor" when it comes to diabetes, but with some patience, troubleshooting and support, people with diabetes can break away from the fear and embrace steps toward better health. Since November is Diabetes Awareness Month, I'm sharing my Guilt-Free RD approach to diabetes management, along with my personal relationship with it. [Read more]