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

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

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

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

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 […]

Food for Thought This Holiday Season

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 […]

Make 2016 Your Year of Mindful Eating

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 […]

Share the “First Wealth of Health” for #GivingTuesday

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

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 […]

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

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% […]

A Happily Healthy Halloween

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 […]

Addressing Hunger and Malnutrition

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, […]

The Importance of Integrative Nutrition to the Future of Dietetics

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 […]

Wholesome Goodness with Whole Grains

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 […]

The Benefits of Yoga

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 […]

Fad Diets: What’s Next?

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 […]

Beat the Bloat!

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 […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]

So-y Confusing:

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 […]

What is the Mediterranean Diet?

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 […]

Sumptuous Summer Smoothies for Joint Health

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 […]

Top 5 Reasons to See an Integrative RDN

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, […]

What do Integrative Dietitian Nutritionists do?

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 […]

Do Physicians Need Nutrition Education?

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 […]

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

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 […]

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Public Policy Workshop

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, […]

5 Reasons to Shop at a Farmer’s Market

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 […]

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

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

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.

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

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.


Daytime Tri-Cities

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.