Our bodies are amazing, intuitive, highly-intelligent communication centers. It send signals to us all day long, working around the clock. We recognize pain when something is not working properly, feel hunger cues when fuel is low, […]
You may think you are being diligent about flu prevention 101. You get the flu vaccine, wash your hands with hot, soapy water often, distance yourself from sick family members and co-workers. You’ve got the […]
New year, no diet: Resolve to ditch the diet resolution!
It’s that time of year again; 2017 in our rearview mirror and 2018 at our fingertips. Along with hopeful excitement, the new year tends to spark […]
Food and nutrition are the foundation of health and wellness – from preconception all the way throughout the lifespan. Food is the fuel for our bodies — shouldn’t we choose the most protective, beneficial, and […]
We all know that smoking is “bad” for us, but what does that really mean?? This past week marked the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout, an ongoing event that, since the 1970s, has aimed […]
Fall has arrived, and with it colorful leaves, fresh apples, pumpkin spice, and of course Halloween and the temptation of endless “fun sized” candy and sweets!
In my latest article in Health and Wellness Magazine I […]
Renew you mind-body practice with yoga and healthy eating! This month celebrates two of my favorite things — Yoga and Nutrition. As a Certified Yoga Teacher AND an Integrative Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, I love sharing […]
Confused about Sugar? How much is OK? Is it really thaat bad?
Wondering what Added Sugar even means??? This refers to the amount of sugar added to a product during processing, which would not naturally be […]
Plant-Based: From vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, and everything in between – are any of these diets right for me?
I was recently interviewed by the Johnson City Press about the rise in Vegan diets across the country. […]
Summer is coming to a close! There is a whirlwind of chaos coming right around the corner as the new school year approaches – Are you prepared?
Take advantage of the summer months to plan […]
Looking for fresh and easy summer meals?
With the summer months so full of on-the-go outdoor activities, get-togethers, and socializing with friends and families, it can be hard to slow down and spend time cooking in […]
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Looking for some go-to smoothies to give your mornings an extra […]
Is your menstrual cycle taking over your life?
You may have noticed that your menstrual cycle influences your mood, energy levels, appetite, digestion, and sleep throughout the month. Using the principles of integrative and functional medicine, […]
Ah, Superfoods! From acai to pomegranate juice, blueberries to kale salad, this label has landed on a wide-range of common and exotic grocery store products and restaurant menu items in recent years. But what exactly […]
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 […]
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 […]
“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 […]