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”

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 Try Whole30?

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 Whole30?”

10 Practical Mindful Eating Tips

The definition of mindful eating according to the Center for Mindful Eating is as follows: Mindful eating is allowing yourself to become aware of the positive and nurturing opportunities that are available through food selection and preparation by respecting your own inner wisdom. By using all your senses in choosing to eat food that isContinue reading “10 Practical Mindful Eating Tips”

Four Assumptions about Weight, Health, and Eating that We Need to Extinguish

Originally published on Nutrition with Jenny: https://eatyourdangveggies.wordpress.com/2017/10/02/four-assumptions-about-weight-health-and-nutrition-that-we-need-to-extinguish/ With a roughly $60 billion dieting industry, increased reports of body dissatisfaction, and endless attempts to lose weight, it’s clear that people in 21st century America are obsessed with appearance and dieting (1-4). Is this obsession warranted, or does the research tell us otherwise? Read on to learnContinue reading “Four Assumptions about Weight, Health, and Eating that We Need to Extinguish”

Evaluating Nutrition Information When the Science is Constantly Evolving

Some food for thought: humans have succeeded at putting a man on the moon multiple times, explaining the physics of faraway stars and black holes, and figuring out how to access the internet in the palms of our hands. Yet, we still have not fully answered nutritional science questions such as: How do we mostContinue reading “Evaluating Nutrition Information When the Science is Constantly Evolving”

An Open Letter from Your Body

Fad diets and food rules are so alluring because they are often sold with a promise of happiness, acceptance, control, and success. In reality, nutritious, health-promoting dietary patterns look different for all people, but they all possess the same basic principle: eat a wide variety of nutrient-dense foods and listen to your body. Before being sucked intoContinue reading “An Open Letter from Your Body”

Thoughts on “Low-Carb” Diets

Recently, I’ve received a lot of questions about eating for exercise, most involving protein – how much to eat, when to eat it, the best protein supplements, etc. Most people are surprised to hear that while protein is certainly an important piece of the puzzle, the main nutrition component to consider for exercise is carbohydrates.Continue reading “Thoughts on “Low-Carb” Diets”

How My Body Became a Manifestation of a Life I Love

Originally published on the Huffington Post: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/how-my-body-became-a-manifestation-of-a-life-i-love_b_584a0d2be4b0016e50430292?timestamp=1481248288752 Many spiritual and religious teachings focus on — for a lack of a better term — going with the flow. Work hard, eat, drink, and be merry. Whatever will be, will be. As many humans can probably relate to, letting go of control is, and always has been,Continue reading “How My Body Became a Manifestation of a Life I Love”

Lessons from a Journey Back to Intuitive Eating

Originally published on the Huffington Post: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/lessons-from-a-journey-ba_b_12703912 While discussing childhood nutrition in my undergraduate lifecycle nutrition class, I remember being so surprised at the simplicity of Ellyn Satter’s teachings about eating. According to Satter, a child should never be forced to eat or not eat, but rather should learn to listen to their body’s internalContinue reading “Lessons from a Journey Back to Intuitive Eating”