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”

Questions a Dietitian asks about Game of Thrones: Human Starvation & Refeeding Syndrome

While studying for my registered dietitian exam last summer, I was also catching up on Game of Thrones – a combo that had me asking a lot of nutritional science questions regarding the middle ages. My first stems from the very beginning of the series. At the end of the pilot episode, Bran Stark discoversContinue reading “Questions a Dietitian asks about Game of Thrones: Human Starvation & Refeeding Syndrome”

Embracing the Gray

Nutrition is a topic in which it’s easy to fall into dichotomous thinking (i.e. — seeing things as “black & white”), and the gray area is often lost in today’s world of information overload. While I could compile a lengthy list of examples, two of the most popular dichotomous nutrition statements that I hear/read asContinue reading “Embracing the Gray”

Exploring Food Cravings

A variety of factors can contribute to food cravings including hunger, emotions, stress, hormones, and memories. Whatever the reason, I’ve found that the language around food cravings often implies guilt. In my opinion, food cravings are nothing to feel guilty for; they are simply a sign of a want or need for food, which isContinue reading “Exploring Food Cravings”

Let’s Get Real: The Untold Stories of Social Media Posts

February 26th – March 4th, 2018 is National Eating Disorders Awareness week. This year’s theme is “Let’s Get Real.” Read more about the campaign and how you can get involved here. A picture is worth a thousand words. Every picture tells a story; however, it may not always be the story we assume, especially inContinue reading “Let’s Get Real: The Untold Stories of Social Media Posts”

Should I Go Vegan?

This post is part of the “To Try or Not to Try” blog series. Written by a registered dietitian (RD) or dietetic intern, each post explores the claims and science surrounding a different dietary pattern or trend. After compiling this research, each RD or RD2be gave the diet a grade based on whether it appearsContinue reading “Should I Go Vegan?”

Should I Try the Atkins Diet?

This post is part of the “To Try or Not to Try” blog series. Written by a registered dietitian (RD) or dietetic intern, each post explores the claims and science surrounding a different dietary pattern or trend. After compiling this research, each RD or RD2be gave the diet a grade based on whether it appearsContinue reading “Should I Try the Atkins Diet?”

Should I Go Keto?

This post is part of the “To Try or Not to Try” blog series. Written by a registered dietitian (RD) or dietetic intern, each post explores the claims and science surrounding a different dietary pattern or trend. After compiling this research, each RD or RD2be gave the diet a grade based on whether it appearsContinue reading “Should I Go Keto?”

Should I Go Gluten-Free?

This post is part of the “To Try or Not to Try” blog series. Written by a registered dietitian (RD) or dietetic intern, each post explores the claims and science surrounding a different dietary pattern or trend. After compiling this research, each RD or RD2be gave the diet a grade based on whether it appearsContinue reading “Should I Go Gluten-Free?”