Branch Out with Olive Oil and More! Navigating the World of Oils

By |April 9th, 2017|

All oils are not created equal, but an explosion of oils on the market in recent years has left many consumers at a loss. Knowing some basic information can help you make the best choice […]

Happy National Nutrition Month – Learn Why I Became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist!

By |March 8th, 2017|

March is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ National Nutrition Month – and March 8th is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day!

“Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day commemorates the dedication of RDNs as advocates for advancing the nutritional status […]

It’s Time to Talk About It: Eating Disorder Awareness with Monique Richard, MS, RDN, LDN

By |February 9th, 2017|

“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. […]

The Benefits of Personalized, Integrative Nutrition

By |January 16th, 2017|

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 […]

Health Benefits of Tea with Monique Richard, MS, RDN, LDN

By |December 11th, 2016|

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 […]

Taking a Moment to Give Thanks for Good Nutrition with Monique Richard, MS, RDN, LDN

By |November 19th, 2016|

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 […]

Treat Yourself to a Healthier Halloween

By |October 27th, 2016|

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 […]

Eating Breakfast: One Step Towards Preventing Childhood Obesity

By |September 8th, 2016|

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 […]

Spice Up Your Life…With Spices! From Monique Richard, MS, RDN, LDN

By |August 6th, 2016|

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 […]

Food Safety Tips for Summer Fun

By |July 10th, 2016|

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 […]

Sweet Sabotage: The Hidden Health Costs of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

By |June 4th, 2016|

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 […]

National High Blood Pressure Education Month with Monique Richard, MS, RDN

By |May 12th, 2016|

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, […]

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Beans, Peas, Lentils, Oh My! It’s 2016, The Year of The Pulse with Monique Richard, MS, RDN, LDN

By |April 24th, 2016|

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 […]

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Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS): A Diet and Lifestyle Approach with Monique Richard, MS, RDN, LDN

By |April 17th, 2016|

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 […]

Water: Drink to Your Health!

By |April 3rd, 2016|

This week brings us both National Public Health Week and World Health Day. In honor of this week focused on health, let’s talk about water: an essential nutrient which too many of us often do […]

Debunking the “High Cost of Healthy” Myth with Monique Richard, MS, RDN

By |March 26th, 2016|

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 […]

Keeping Up with Your Commitments: Maintaining your Healthy Habits with Monique Richard, MS, RDN

By |February 27th, 2016|

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 […]

National Eating Disorders Awareness Week with Monique Richard, MS, RDN

By |February 20th, 2016|

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 […]

A Closer Look at the 2015 Dietary Guidelines with Monique Richard, RDN

By |January 18th, 2016|

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, […]

Kickstart Your Health for the New Year

By |December 30th, 2015|

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 […]

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Food for Thought This Holiday Season

By |December 22nd, 2015|

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 […]

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Make 2016 Your Year of Mindful Eating

By |December 12th, 2015|

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 […]

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Share the “First Wealth of Health” for #GivingTuesday

By |December 1st, 2015|

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 […]

Healthy Eating During the Holiday Season

By |November 15th, 2015|

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 […]

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“Eat Well America!” It’s American Diabetes Month

By |November 8th, 2015|

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% […]

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A Happily Healthy Halloween

By |October 31st, 2015|

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 […]

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Addressing Hunger and Malnutrition

By |October 17th, 2015|

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, […]

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The Importance of Integrative Nutrition to the Future of Dietetics

By |October 11th, 2015|

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 […]

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Wholesome Goodness with Whole Grains

By |September 26th, 2015|

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 […]

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The Benefits of Yoga

By |September 17th, 2015|

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 […]

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Fad Diets: What’s Next?

By |September 10th, 2015|

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 […]

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Beat the Bloat!

By |September 4th, 2015|

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 […]

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The Power of Small Gestures: Reflections on a Recent Trip to Haiti

By |August 28th, 2015|

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 […]

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“Brown-Bag” Lunches: A Simple Way to Good Nutrition

By |August 21st, 2015|

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 […]

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So-y Confusing:

By |August 7th, 2015|

The Low-Down on the Safety of Soy Foods
In the last couple of years, the soybean and soy foods have been greeted with a health halo. Yet, the public often worries that this nutrient-rich plant is dangerous and […]

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What is the Mediterranean Diet?

By |August 4th, 2015|

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 […]

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Sumptuous Summer Smoothies for Joint Health

By |August 4th, 2015|

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 […]

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Top 5 Reasons to See an Integrative RDN

By |July 24th, 2015|

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, […]

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What do Integrative Dietitian Nutritionists do?

By |July 18th, 2015|

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 […]

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Do Physicians Need Nutrition Education?

By |July 11th, 2015|

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 […]

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Do you workout with your spouse? Could you workout with your spouse?

By |June 26th, 2015|

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 […]

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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Public Policy Workshop

By |June 22nd, 2015|

I traveled to DC recently with more than 350 colleagues to take part in the  Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Public Policy Workshop June 7-9th 2015.

This workshop focuses on advocating for legislation regarding nutrition-related policies, […]

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5 Reasons to Shop at a Farmer’s Market

By |June 15th, 2015|

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 […]

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Do you actually get your daily supply of vitamins and minerals?

By |May 20th, 2015|

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 […]

Learn the benefits of Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine

By |April 1st, 2015|

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.

Increase your Nutrition IQ one bite at a time.

By |March 25th, 2015|

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 […]

Raising awareness about eating disorders in our region

By |February 6th, 2015|

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.

 

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Daytime Tri-Cities

By |February 6th, 2015|

Daytime Tri-Cities gave us time this morning to talk about our Storytelling Fundraiser on Feb 10 benefiting A Place Of Healing in Johnson City.

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