6 Holiday Eating Tips

The holiday season is here! While it looks a little different in 2020 (no more potlucks in the work break room or festive happy hours at the neighborhood bar), it hopefully will still include indulging in traditional meals and treats. I used to prep for holiday meals by skimping on calories earlier in the day.Continue reading “6 Holiday Eating Tips”

Why I Don’t Want to Hear about Your Diet

I’m a dietitian. Nutrition is my job, not my life. Sometimes those lines get blurred. The space between knowing a lot about nutrition and thinking about it 24/7 is a slippery slope. For me, the latter isn’t healthy. I’m happier when I’m not ticking off servings of fruits and vegetables on an imaginary checklist inContinue reading “Why I Don’t Want to Hear about Your Diet”

Dear Dietitians: You Don’t Need to Prove You are the Nutrition Expert

In my cozy corner office tucked between the pharmacy and the frozen foods section, I listened to customers explain their health and diet histories while providing nutritional counseling as a supermarket dietitian. I often braced myself during these conversations — my shoulders tense, my heart racing, my palms sweaty. I saw their faces across theContinue reading “Dear Dietitians: You Don’t Need to Prove You are the Nutrition Expert”

The Problem with Chalking it Up to Noncompliance

I struggled with disordered eating, body image, and over-exercising throughout my high school and college years. Healing my relationship with food, exercise, and my body was a lengthy process of therapy, reading books, listening to podcasts, and ultimately doing a lot of self-work to change my thought patterns.  Something that played a big role inContinue reading “The Problem with Chalking it Up to Noncompliance”

Why a Change in Your Exercise Routine May Be Exactly What You Need

For Halloween my senior year of college, I decided to be Cat Woman circa Anne Hathaway in The Dark Knight Rises. I read about how Hathaway lost weight and toned up for the role, and I wanted to do the same. My plan consisted of two-a-days at the gym and obsessively tracking my calories/macros.  ThisContinue reading “Why a Change in Your Exercise Routine May Be Exactly What You Need”

To the Person Who Wants to Know — “How Should I Eat?”

To every person who has ever asked me how they should eat: Let me start with an apology. I’m sorry that I don’t have a simple answer to your question. I want to help you, but as a dietitian, I know that healthy eating is not something you learn from a book or an InstagramContinue reading “To the Person Who Wants to Know — “How Should I Eat?””

How to Build Confidence from your Dietetic Internship and Beyond

Insecure about your knowledge or skills as a dietitian? Unsure if you’re good enough for the job you landed? Feeling inadequate because you don’t think you’re as smart/outgoing/experienced as your fellow interns or mentors? I feel you! I used to believe confidence was an innate quality (i.e., confident people are magical beings that enter theContinue reading “How to Build Confidence from your Dietetic Internship and Beyond”

No Dream Job? No Problem.

I’ve always been a planner. I look up restaurant menus online before going out to eat, pack my lunch and gym bag the night before, and set countless reminders on my phone for everything from paying bills to remembering to respond to emails. Needless to say, entering the real world after graduating my dietetic internshipContinue reading “No Dream Job? No Problem.”

Questions a Dietitian asks about Game of Thrones: How do the characters have such nice teeth?

About 1.5 seasons into Game of Thrones, it occurred to me that most of the characters have nice teeth. I didn’t notice many instances of missing or rotting teeth or hear characters complaining about smelly breath or toothaches. Was the show being inaccurate by failing to manipulate the actors’ teeth to reflect poor dental hygiene?Continue reading “Questions a Dietitian asks about Game of Thrones: How do the characters have such nice teeth?”

Lessons from My First Year as a Dietitian

I remember a distinct moment in my childhood when I was about four years old, sitting outside on the driveway, taking in the scenery of the houses across the cul-de-sac with their lovely trees and flowers and perfect landscaping. I thought about those people in those houses, all grown up with accomplished lives, and IContinue reading “Lessons from My First Year as a Dietitian”