Research Shows: Increased Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Leads to Happier People

Eating more fruits and vegetables is widely seen as a way to improve physical health, but now, there may be another reason to hit the salad bar. Eating more fruits and vegetables might make us happier and more satisfied with life. A recent study found that people who increasingly ate more fruits and vegetables were … Continue reading Research Shows: Increased Fruit and Vegetable Consumption Leads to Happier People

Fertility and Nutrition

Recent studies and articles have piqued my interest in nutrition and the affects it has on male and females in regards to fertility. I have taken the most up-to-date research based evidence to give a list of foods and nutrients that have been shown to provide benefits while attempting to become pregnant if included in … Continue reading Fertility and Nutrition

Day Two Food Log of a Dietitian

Here we go, continuing with me being transparent and honest in EVERYTHING I eat this week. Another disclaimer.. I get free meals at work so sometimes when there is something crazy unhealthy on my food log, I will bet its due to it being the only option at work. Who isn't a fan of free … Continue reading Day Two Food Log of a Dietitian

1 Week Food Log of a Dietitian

ATTENTION, ATTENTION! What do dietitians eat? After many requests for meal plans this week and not enough time in my life to attend to these requests I decided to document my 24-hour intake daily for a week and post it for everyone to view! Disclaimer: my diet is anything but perfect, I have treats too … Continue reading 1 Week Food Log of a Dietitian

Nutrients to Protect Against Depression

An area of nutrition that I believe needs more attention  is the affect of certain vitamins and minerals in relation to individual cognition and emotional processing (aka our mental health). When we deprive our body of certain food groups or types of foods to increase our chance of weight loss, we may be harming our brains ability … Continue reading Nutrients to Protect Against Depression

Super-food of the Month: Sweet Potatoes

I present monthly super-food education talks with the assisted-living community I work with and it is one of my favorite things to do. The ladies love learning unique nutrition facts about foods and they especially  love  sweet potatoes since they are associated with anti-aging benefits - good thing we have sweet potatoes on the menu every day!. Nutrition Facts: Sweet potatoes are … Continue reading Super-food of the Month: Sweet Potatoes

Easy Party Recipes. 

As a Dietitian I never want to bring horribly unhealthy items to holiday parties, baby showers, or bridal showers but the veggie tray never really gets eaten so I improvised with these two recipes that may not be the healthiest but did at least include artichoke, spinach, and tomatoes which all have health benefits. These … Continue reading Easy Party Recipes. 

Flexitarian Diet and the Research Behind It

Recently I have been asked about my thoughts on the up and coming Flexitarian Diet, I thought this was another great opportunity to share with you guys (who might have similar questions about this new diet term). "A flexitarian or semi-vegetarian diet (SVD) is one that is primarily vegetarian with the occasional inclusion of meat or … Continue reading Flexitarian Diet and the Research Behind It

Healthier Take-On Apple Crumble

I made this recipe tonight and I couldn't not share it! It was so delicious and satisfying without large amounts of heavy cream or sugar that most desserts call for. The husband approved too! And as every dietitian says... dessert is still allowed as long as its in moderation and not all the time! The … Continue reading Healthier Take-On Apple Crumble

Weight Loss Tips from a Registered Dietitian

Distribute your calories throughout the day. Eat a larger breakfast and lunch, and a smaller dinner. Add some bran or extra fiber to your diet. Fiber slows the rise in blood glucose and therefore helps to extend the energy of the meal or snack. Combine a carbohydrate with a protein for your snacks. A piece … Continue reading Weight Loss Tips from a Registered Dietitian

Why Do Dietitians Encourage Carbohydrate Counting versus Just Portion Control

    Many of you may not know this but I currently work as a Nutrition Care Manager, Registered Dietitian, and Food-service Manager at a Continuing Care Retirement Community. This versatile position helps me grow and learn in regards to management of employees, food-service, and clinical nutrition issues. I NEVER have a dull day... that … Continue reading Why Do Dietitians Encourage Carbohydrate Counting versus Just Portion Control

How Important is Water Consumption? How Much Water Do you Need?

    Everyone seems to think they know the importance of water but did you know that humans can only survive 2-4 days without water? Did you know that water makes up about 60% of our body weight? Did you know that some research shows that increased water intake can decrease the risk of obesity … Continue reading How Important is Water Consumption? How Much Water Do you Need?