Food for Thought


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]


Halloween Candy: Trick…or Treat?

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With Halloween right around the corner many parents are wondering – how much candy is okay for your little ones to be gobblin’ up? Well, as the Guilt-Free RD, and a mom, AND a candy-lover - I’d like to share some tips for sweet success.   [Read more]


A “Fresh” Perspective on Hunger

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PROLOGUE: It’s back-to-school time and summer is winding down, but Farmer’s Markets are still in full swing. Since September is Hunger Action Month, it’s a great time to tell you about how my daughter Sarah and I help feed those in need by picking up fresh produce donations from our local farmer’s market. And it’s a great opportunity for Sarah to write a guest post! [Read more]


What’s in a Name?

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What Exactly IS a Dietitian, Anyway?

Have you worked hard to get to where you are in your career? School, internship, practical experience, continuing education? Do people understand what your job entails on a day-to-day basis? Or do you sometimes feel like Rodney Dangerfield when he said “I don’t get no respect!”? [Read more]


My Top 5 Reasons You Have Permission to Love Dairy

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I believe that most people enjoy dairy products and want to feel good about enjoying them. So whenever I hear something negative about dairy in the news, I can’t help but think that it makes some people question whether dairy is really good for them or not. Which makes this topic a perfect fit for my Guilt-Free RD philosophy.
It’s no secret – I’m a big fan of dairy. Sure, you say, after all I worked for the dairy council for 8 years (2003-2011). But my love of dairy started long before then. Like so many others, I grew up enjoying the taste of dairy products and later on learned about their nutritional benefits. But I can say something that most people can’t: [Read more]