Spare a Rose, Save a Child – Diabetes Podcast Week

Melissa Dobbins' Wedding with Red Roses

Our Wedding Why I don’t want roses this year Roses are wonderful! They are beautiful, fragrant and romantic. But I don’t want any roses for Valentine’s Day this year. So, I asked my husband not to get me any. Not that he always does…but just in case he was planning on it, I wanted him…

Finding My Strong: A Celebration of Values, Vulnerability and Vitality PART 2

In Part One I shared my vision for aging ‘strong’ – both physically and mentally. I shared stories from family and friends who inspire me to take care of myself and live my best life. In Part Two I’m digging a little deeper into setbacks, support and solutions for living and aging ‘strong’ including more stories from friends and family who inspire me, and some really cool resources, too.

We all have moments in life that bring us to our knees. It could be illness, injury, death of a loved one, or a million different kinds of loss. We usually have little or no control over these events. But we do have some control over how we handle them and pull ourselves back up and take another step forward.

What does it mean to be strong? To grow and age healthfully? To live life to the fullest? How do we handle life’s setbacks and struggles? How do we find the strength, the support, the solutions we need to live ‘strong’?

Finding My Strong: A Celebration of Values, Vulnerability and Vitality: Part 1

Melissa Dobbins as Rosie the Riveter

As I approached turning 50 this year I had a lot of thoughts and feelings. To be honest with you, mostly scattered thoughts and mixed feelings. My life is quite different than it was when I was 30, or even 40 years old. Like most people my age, I have had some significant losses. But I also have so much to celebrate.

When I thought about this milestone birthday, I thought about “healthy aging” but that seemed a little negative and my thoughts quickly evolved into aging ‘strong’ or living ‘strong’. I wanted to celebrate being strong and healthy and able to participate in my life to the fullest. I thought about physical health, but also mental health, and all the ways I try to take care of myself every day, every week, every month. I have struggled with self-care. I know I’m not alone.

What does it mean to me to be strong? To grow and age healthfully? To live life to the fullest? What health habits are...

My Norway Adventure

Fishing in Norway!

October is National Seafood Month! I recently experienced the trip of a lifetime to Norway to learn about sustainable aquaculture and Norway’s long history of stewardship of the sea.

Tune into my Sound Bites Podcast episode 101 with guest Egil Sundheim from the Norwegian Seafood Council to hear all about my trip, the specifics about sustainable seafood, and why we should all have a “go-to” seafood recipe to help us eat at least two servings of seafood.

Picture This: Food Photog Tips & NEW Heart-Check Recipes

cheesy jalapeno pepper-stuffed burgers from the beef FNCE event

Before American Heart Month comes to a close, I’m sharing some new information and resources to help you “enjoy your food with (heart) health in mind”! If you listen to my Sound Bites® Podcast, you know that’s how.

Yogurt “Reimagined” — Inspired by the kid in all of us!

Do you want to enjoy your food with health in mind? I sure do! And I remember when I was a kid, food was a lot of fun. So I’m sharing some new ways I’ve been having fun with food, and specifically, reimagining yogurt. I have partnered with Dannon to help promote Light & Fit.…

Grass-Fed Versus Grain-Fed Beef: What’s the difference?

If you’ve ever wondered about “grass-fed” beef, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve asked my colleague, Amy Myrdal Miller of Farmer’s Daughter Consulting, to weigh in on the issue. We are both members of the Beef Expert Bureau for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. and we know this topic arises from time to time…

“Do What Fits You” Light & Fit Recipe Challenge

Healthy habits are more sustainable when you enjoy them! The challenge: I was recently challenged to develop a recipe using Dannon Light & Fit Yogurt, along with three other “secret ingredients” – just like the TV show “Chopped”.  

Hungry for Hummus?? My First “Hands and Pans” Video!

I was excited to be invited to the “Lights, Camera, Almonds!” event in Chicago at Kendall College last Spring. The Almond Board of California partnered with the fabulous Food52 on this event to walk dietitians through, step-by-step, how to create a fast-motion video using just your smartphone and simple editing software on your computer. While…

A “Cool” Dinnertime Hack: Frozen Meat Solution! Do M.O.R.E. with Dinner

Do More With Dinner initiative of Sarah-Jane Bedwell

If you’ve been following my Do M.O.R.E. with Dinner initiative, you’ve heard about ways to get more out of dinnertime through food, fun and family. And you probably know that I find summertime much easier because my husband can grill out and I can pull together a salad or veggie and simple side dish. But…

Express, Engage, Empower – Be a Better Speaker!

I just wrapped up a couple of whirlwind months traveling and speaking at conferences across the U.S. including state AND affiliate meetings, media trainings and communications workshops, and the 4th annual Today’s Dietitian Spring Symposium in New Orleans. I’ve been asked to speak more lately about presentation skills and wanted to share some of the…

Do M.O.R.E. with Dinner and Beyond with My Meal Planning Tips!

How to create a more balanced diet and healthier lifestyle by enjoying your food with health in mind I have partnered with Dannon Light & Fit to help promote how to include Dannon Light & Fit yogurt as part of your weekly menu. I have been compensated for my time commitment. However, my opinions are…

Earth Day, Food Waste and Your FOODprint

As Earth Day approaches, I’m sharing my learnings from the 30 Day Food Waste Challenge and tips from my food and nutrition expert friends! This post is part of my role as a member of the Beef Expert Bureau. I have been compensated for my time commitment. However, my opinions are entirely my own and…

National Soup Month – Do M.O.R.E. with Dinner!

Do More With Dinner initiative of Sarah-Jane Bedwell

January is National Soup Month and a great time to snuggle in with a warm bowl of hearty, healthy goodness. I could honestly live on soup all year-round, but during the frigid cold winter months here in Chicago, I find myself reaching for it more often. Soup is not only a comforting, nourishing meal, it’s…

A Guilt-Free RD® Recipe for Dinnertime Success: One-Pot Fiesta Chicken

This post was written as part of my sponsored partnership with Perdue. All opinions expressed are my own. It may come as no surprise that people want to know more about how their food is grown and raised. According to a 2015 Goldman Sachs study titled “Millennial Munching” 83% want to know more about where their…


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ABOUTI’m the Guilt-Free RD® – “Because food shouldn’t make you feel bad!™”;. So, on my Food for Thought blog I’m exploring the secret ingredients needed to enjoy your food with health in mind.  I’m also a “Dietitian Enthusiast” so I’m showcasing interviews with dietitians.  My “How To” Series shares practical advice to help boost communication skills and gain more visibility, influence and success.

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