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Vegetarian Diet in Pregnancy: Nutrients of Concern thumbnail

The field of nutrition is full of controversy. I'm no stranger to it. It’s actually one of the reasons I love my profession so much. Nutrition is complex, science is ever-evolving, and there are so many dots to connect. Compared to a lot of fields, nutrition is unique in that everybody has to eat, so […] Continue Reading

Do pregnancy cravings and food aversions serve a purpose? thumbnail

There are so many expectations about what you’ll go through during pregnancy, but perhaps most publicized are pregnancy cravings and aversions. Pickles and ice cream? Nauseous at the smell of raw meat? Unshakeable need for sushi? Utter disgust at the sight of green vegetables? I certainly expected to have weird cravings when I was pregnant […] Continue Reading

Postpartum Recovery with Real Food thumbnail

It’s common knowledge that pregnancy increases your nutrient requirements, but did you know that nutrient needs are actually higher during early postpartum? That’s right. Your body has done the amazing feat of growing a brand new human being and its work is not done yet. (Sorry to break it to you!) First, your body needs […] Continue Reading

Lazy Meal Planning (for people who hate meal planning) thumbnail

Do you hate meal planning? I do. I hear the word meal plan and my brain turns to jelly. I look at a weekly meal plan that is supposed to make my life “easier” and I already feel like a failure because I know there’s no way I’m actually going to eat exactly that. No […] Continue Reading

Writing a Book as a Busy Mom thumbnail

Let me be real here: writing a book as a busy mom was not easy. I’ve been getting a ton of questions from people asking how I did it, so I’m taking a break from my typical nutrition-focused posts to share some behind the scenes from writing Real Food for Pregnancy. As I’ve shared on […] Continue Reading

Messy Science of Prenatal Nutrition: Interview with Robb Wolf thumbnail

Nutrition during pregnancy is complicated, to say the least. As a specialist in this area, I understand, firsthand, how much controversy comes with the territory. If you’ve been following my work for a while, you may have heard me on a number of podcast interviews talking about this very topic. One of my favorite interviews, […] Continue Reading

Toxins During Pregnancy: What to avoid and why thumbnail

When it comes to pregnancy, there are many things that can affect your health (and thus your baby’s health); your food choices/nutrient intake, movement/exercise habits, stress management, and sleep routine are among the most commonly mentioned. However, one very important contributor to your health during pregnancy that doesn’t get much airtime is your exposure to […] Continue Reading

The Birthful Podcast: Interview on Gestational Diabetes thumbnail

Sometimes I feel like I’ve said all there is to say about gestational diabetes; search iTunes and you’ll see dozens of interviews from me on this topic. That said, I’ve realized that every interviewer has their own unique set of questions that bring up topics that I may not have chosen to discuss otherwise. This […] Continue Reading

Why Prenatal Nutrition Guidelines Need to be Updated thumbnail

This is not the first time I’ve written (or spoken) about the problems that plague conventional prenatal nutrition guidelines. Sometimes I feel a bit like a broken record, but judging by the questions that come my way from clients and from colleagues, I clearly need to talk about this more. In this post, I’ll cover […] Continue Reading

10 Dietitian-Approved Immune Boosters for Flu Season thumbnail

Flu season has been out of hand this year. My usual strong immune system has been put to the test. Part of that change is having a toddler; kids seem to share germs better than anyone. Part of that is being so busy working on my forthcoming book, Real Food for Pregnancy, that I haven’t […] Continue Reading