Food for Thought


The Most Important Meal of the Day? It May Not Be Breakfast After All…

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I would never downplay the importance of breakfast. It’s brain food that both kids and adults need to perform their best every day. However, I would argue that dinner is more important, and here’s why: It’s about more than just nutrition. [Read more]


Was It Something She Ate? Food and Hyperactivity

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Picture this: You and your family are attending a celebration such as a child’s birthday party, a graduation or a holiday event. Someone leans over to you and says, “Look at these kids just bouncing off the walls! They are on a sugar high!” This is one of the most common misperceptions I hear about food – especially when it comes to children. Both sugar and food colors have, undeservedly, become common scapegoats for hyperactivity (and sometimes just energetic behavior) in kids. [Read more]


The Umami Factor: 4 Surprising Facts about MSG

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I was having lunch with a friend last week and she told me she was avoiding MSG.  When I asked her why, she mentioned that she had read about it on the Internet. That was a big red flag. Obviously, not all information on the web is accurate or science-based.  I’m always trying to stay current with the latest science on food and nutrition topics, so I went home and looked for info on MSG from credible sources, like the FDA. That’s when I learned some surprising, and sometimes overlooked, facts about MSG. [Read more]


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]