“Spearheaded by the National Eating Disorders Association, the goal of National Eating Disorders Awareness (#NEDAwareness) Week is to shine the spotlight on eating disorders and put life-saving resources into the hands of those in need. […]
Integrative Nutrition puts all the components together.
From the knowledge attained as a registered dietitian nutritionist to the many components of integrative and functional medicine — an Integrative RDN combines it — and takes it a step […]
Globally, tea is one of the most widely consumed beverages–with its rich history and a vast number of different varieties, tea has earned its reputation as a tasty, refreshing, stimulating, and health promoting beverage for […]
Good nutrition and health are the foundation for…just about everything!
Anyone that has been sick or has had to manage a health condition themselves or with a family member can appreciate the importance of health in […]
You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy the spooky spectacle that is Halloween! But if you’re concerned about going overboard with the treats this year, have no fear!
While snacking on Halloween candy can […]
September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and with the school year ahead it’s the perfect time for parents to reflect on and work towards solutions to the health crisis facing the children of our […]
Ah, spices! Known for adding flavor, warmth, color, and variety to our food, science has now shown that many of our favorite spices hold potent health-promoting properties as well.
The benefits of spices include blood-glucose […]
Summer is in full-swing and it’s the perfect time for outdoor cookouts, dinner parties, and picnics. But without taking the proper precautions, the combination of leisurely summer get-togethers and the hot weather can create the […]
With the beginning of the summer heat upon us, you may find yourself reaching for more and more of those sweet iced-teas, coffee drinks, or cold sodas–drinks known as Sugar-Sweetened Beverages. Sugar-sweetened beverages are the […]
The month of May marks High Blood Pressure Education Month, brought to you by the CDC to launch awareness of the importance of high blood pressure prevention and control.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, […]
Beans, peas, and lentils (which includes peanuts and soybeans) belong to the pulse family, more commonly known as legumes. Though once frequently present at the dinner table, the use of most beans in the United […]
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), which is often mistakenly confused for a condition restricted to the female ovaries, is in fact a metabolic disorder that is under-diagnosed and under-treated.
A diagnosis for PCOS is made by meeting […]
Today I’m devoting some time to do a bit of myth busting about the cost of healthy eating. You’ve probably frequently heard that eating well is expensive. Plant-based, vegetarian and Mediterranean style diets can be […]
It is almost March of 2016, and you may be noticing that those healthy habits and lifestyle changes you resolved to make for the New Year (like eating more plants!) may quickly be falling by […]
Tomorrow marks the start of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
In honor of this, I’d like to take a moment to highlight the work of the Tri-Cities’ first and only Eating Disorder Resource Center, A Place […]
Have you been keeping up with all the buzz about the newly released 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans?
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (8th edition) are developed every five years. They are geared towards American consumers, […]
This year we have heard a lot of news about the downsides of eating meat, and the health benefits of moving towards a plant-based diet.
In October, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a report in […]
Remember, you don’t have to skimp on flavor to enjoy your holiday and New Year celebrations with peace of mind! If you are cooking at home, try experimenting with new herbs, spices, and flavorful side […]
How about adding some mindfulness into your new year’s resolutions for 2016? Being mindful and present, especially with the food you eat, can help you alter habits, perceptions, and attitudes. Research has shown even our […]
We are now in the throes of the holiday season and all of the excess eating, shopping, drinking that comes with it!
Today, Tuesday December 1, 2015 is #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back […]
The holiday season is nearly upon us! With all the joy, warmth, and family and friends this brings, for many people the holidays can also be a time of stress and anxiety. Holiday meals and […]
November is American Diabetes Month, and the American Diabetes Association has declared this year’s theme “Eat Well, America!”
Did you know every 19 seconds someone in this country is diagnosed with Type II Diabetes? Nearly 10% […]
For healthy, well-nourished kids and adults, eating candy is okay–in moderation. While our favorite Halloween trick-or-treats should not be an everyday part of the diet, Halloween time and holiday seasons do involve special sugary treats […]
Hunger and food security are issues close to my heart—they are SOLVABLE problems that affect us both here in the United States and throughout the world. While globally we produce enough food to feed all people, […]
I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Nashville, Tennessee for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE). I came back inspired and re-energized by all of the […]
Fall has officially knocked on our door with its crisp air and all the goodness that comes with it—can you say pumpkin spiced everything? When I think of Fall, I think of apple picking, the […]
As an integrative registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN), I think it is critical to be well-versed in three areas: the clinical/medical nutrition therapy aspect, practical culinary/cooking/shopping/preparation application, and the physical activity wellness/life balance component.
I have been practicing yoga for nearly […]
I keep a journal of the questions I am asked daily (to be turned into a book one day, stay tuned!)
Often dietitians encounter assumptions about nutrition and topic-related questions that may not have a factual […]
Are you experiencing bloating, abdominal discomfort or water retention that seems to keep returning?
Several contributing factors may be involved in bloating: food sensitivities, dietary choices, and lifestyle factors.
Common possible sources of bloating are:
• Carbonated beverages […]
As part of my work with the Azil Foundation, a small not-for profit organization focused on medical, nutrition and educational support in northern Haiti, a couple weeks ago I traveled, for the second time, to Cap […]
It’s time once again for the yellow buses to fire up their engines and backpacks to be loaded with all the goodness that school brings!
While parents are either crying tears of joy or sadness at […]
The Mediterranean Diet is really a testament to eating local, fresh, and proportionate to nutritional needs.
The geographical areas surrounding the Mediterranean Sea (think Italy, France, Spain, Morocco) were difficult to farm due to challenging terrain […]
Are you suffering from joint pain?
Smoothies can be a convenient and tasty way to “up the ante” nutrition-wise in your diet, and may provide nutrients to support the health of your bones and joints.
This month […]
But first check out my previous post What Do Integrative Dietitian Nutritionists Do?
1.) We’re here to help and listen. We don’t judge you for the choices you make, we work to educate you, find interventions, […]
Before addressing this common question ” What do integrative dietitian nutritionists do?”, let’s first clarify that while all dietitians are nutritionists, not all nutritionists are dietitians!
The three steps required to become a nationally credentialed registered […]
Why Dietitians and Doctors Must Work Together
The state of nutrition education in medical schools is pretty grim, and several recent news stories have brought to light the reality of how little nutrition training med students […]
How to workout with your spouse and enjoy it.
Our bodies are living vehicles transporting us through our daily lives. Just like our mechanical counterparts, our bodies require constant maintenance and care too (though of course […]
It’ the perfect time of year to enjoy putting those reusable grocery bags and beautiful Saturday mornings to use while ramping up your nutrition and checking off grocery shopping from the ‘to-do’ list.
When fruits and […]
Supplements 101: Vitamins, Minerals, and You! PART I
What are Vitamins and Minerals? We have all read the definition of vitamins and minerals in general health class or anatomy and physiology. Maybe they don’t mean a […]
Monique Richard, MS, RDN, LDN believes that given the right “tools” the body can heal itself. This is a Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine approach.
The benefits of working with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist is having the ability to collaborate on a healthy, clear-cut plan that works best for you and your individual nutrition needs.
It’s about understanding what nutrition looks […]
This aired live on media blitz day. We arrived at 7:30 a.m. and had a great interview with Tim Cable and his “Thinking Out Loud” radio show.