An Open Letter to my Dietitian Colleagues

There is a need for education about food and nutrition and people seek out RD’s opinions; but this does not make our opinions valuable to anyone other than ourselves. Our opinions have no place in someone else’s dietary choices (except maybe our partners or children… and boy-hardy don’t they feel lucky to live with RDs #sarcasm). Let’s try to stop focusing on being right, stop talking so much, and start listening more. Let’s focus on helping people be real with their food choices instead of making them feel “bad” for not eating “right.” Let’s use our expertise to give people evidence-based information instead of our opinions.

Cheese and Strangulation by Bedsheets

There is a movement growing among health professionals called Health at Every Size® which, among other things, rejects the use of weight as an indicator of health and believes that weight is largely unchangeable by individuals. There is only one registered HAES® practitioner in the Jacksonville area. Read more to find out how cheese causes strangulations… or does it?

HelloFresh Meal Review: Emeril Lagasse’s Herby Dijon Chicken Breasts with Zucchini and Red Potatoes

I was so excited to make this meal! The pictures on the recipe card look amazing! This recipe was prepared on a work-night and did not take much time from start to finish. This recipe is definitely more cost effective from #HelloFresh than if you had purchased ingredients from the store! Final review: This meal is flavorful yet subtle and is made with familiar foods – I will be making this meal again!

HelloFresh Meal Delivery Box Arrives

Meal Delivery? You Betcha!

As a practicing dietitian and health coach, I’ve talked to many people about how to use food to improve health. People want to eat healthy food – but they won’t give up flavor, enjoyment, convenience, or pay too much for that healthy food. I get it. Me too! But after my clients tell me they know they should cook at home; they follow up with how they don’t have the time… they don’t know what to make… or they don’t think they have the skills to cook if it involves more than heating something up.
Enter meal delivery services!

What Is this No-Diet / Anti-Diet Thing Anyway?

There is a new buzzword out there: anti-diet (or reverse dieting). It has been around for a while but you just haven’t seen it before. Other names you may have heard are no-diet, non-diet, mindful eating, intuitive eating, and some others. It is about listening to your body – and yes, you can trust your body once it has learned it can trust you not to starve it again… although that may take a little time. Your body has learned that starvation is always coming if you are a repeat dieter. But you can get to that point. The diet industry has made people hate themselves into desiring to change by following rigid and ridiculous rules. This approach is all about loving ourselves into change with flexible and enjoyable guidelines!

If Diets Don’t Work, How Can a Health Coach Help Me?

Have you heard that diets don’t work?

Actually, all diets work. Any way you can dream up to cut calories will usually result in weight loss (assuming no underlying health conditions, sleep and stress are in check, you have a healthy gut microbiome, have not screwed up your metabolism from a history of chronic dieting, etc. etc. etc.). So go for it – paleo, atkins, intermittent fasting, no white foods, whatever – they all work until you stop following them.

Ah, there’s the catch. Who could follow any of them for a lifetime? So, diets only work short term. Health is not a short term proposition. Diets don’t work.

Who Is the Best Health Professional to Help with Creating New Lifestyle Habits?

With so many options for a finding a health professional to help you move towards your health goals, how do you know how to choose? Let me be clear that your medical doctor is your first partner but you only get so much in-person time. Let your doctor help guide your decisions about what to work on; then find a health professional and find your best strategies to get it done! Let’s explore health coaches, personal trainers, dietitians, nutritionists, and mental health counselors!

The Continuum of Approaches to Health: Thoughts from a Curvy & Healthy Dietitian Health Coach

Health is a field overwhelmed with experts and more who claim to be experts. On one end of the spectrum is Diet Culture offering quick, easy ways to get skinny and ripped for no effort and a few bucks. At the other end of the spectrum are the anti-diet, non-diet, Health at Every Size®, body-positive, and No Body Shame approaches. And then there’s me.

Read more to learn about my journey as I research the health benefits of a weight-neutral approach.