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What’s Healthier: Raw or Cooked Vegetables? thumbnail

Have you ever heard that you should eat more (or only) raw vegetables? Proponents say they retain their vitamins and antioxidants. Cooking “kills” the good stuff, they say, rendering them nutritionally useless. Or, perhaps, you’ve been told you should focus on cooked vegetables. They argue that the fiber is partially broken down, easing straining on […] Continue Reading

Mexican Shredded Beef (Instant Pot or Slow Cooker) thumbnail

When I first started using a slow cooker, I remember thinking “How in the world did I stay well-fed without it?” When I realized I could make bone broth in it and not have to hover over the stove all day, I was hooked. Many a pot roast, stew, chili, and batch of pulled pork […] Continue Reading

Research-Backed Benefits of Eating Eggs in Pregnancy thumbnail

I’m often asked about what foods a pregnant woman should eat to provide her baby with the best nourishment. Everyone assumes I’m gonna respond with “More vegetables,” so imagine the look on their face when I say “Eggs with the yolks!” Believe me - I’ve got nothing against vegetables and they DO play an important role […] Continue Reading

Twice Baked Spaghetti Squash thumbnail

I’ll be honest. The first time I had spaghetti squash, I was a little underwhelmed. The texture is obviously not pasta, so I wasn’t expecting some kind of culinary miracle, but the squash “noodles” didn’t really absorb the flavor of the sauce. Mixing it with the sauce before plating didn’t really make it any better. […] Continue Reading

Vitamin D Supplement for Breastfeeding Mothers: How Much? thumbnail

Vitamin D is an incredibly important nutrient (technically, a hormone) that regulates numerous functions in the body, from blood sugar metabolism, to brain function, to thyroid health, to bone strength. It seems to be involved, on some level, in just about every bodily system. As I’ve written about before, vitamin D deficiency is both common […] Continue Reading

Rosemary Pork Chops (with Sauteed Kale and Apples) thumbnail

I used to be super intimidated when it came to cooking meat. Which cut should I buy? How do you cook it? How do I know I’ve seasoned it enough if I can’t taste it until it’s cooked? It just seemed complicated. Then, a few years back, we did our first cow share. We had […] Continue Reading

7 Reasons to Try a Ketogenic Diet thumbnail

If you’ve been following the Pilates Nutritionist blog for a while, you know I’m an advocate for customized nutrition. Meaning, I don’t believe there is a one-size-fits-all diet that will work for everyone. But, there are some general nutrition principles that I circle back to time and time again. Nutrition researchers debate a lot of […] Continue Reading

The Last Straw that Made Me Change My Diet thumbnail

If you’re reading this, I’m guessing you’ve toyed with the idea of changing your diet. Maybe you’ve done it successfully or maybe you’re still on the fence. The following post is from Rachel, a nutrition intern here at Pilates Nutritionist, who has a truly inspiring story to share. Like so many, she grew up eating […] Continue Reading

9 Gestational Diabetes Myths thumbnail

As a specialist in gestational diabetes nutrition, I get a lot of questions about blood sugar and pregnancy. Gestational diabetes is controversial. It’s complicated. And there’s a lot of misinformation out there. I do my best to address the controversies in interviews and with participants in my online gestational diabetes course, but since I’ve been […] Continue Reading

Low Carb Cabbage Enchiladas thumbnail

It’s fair to say most people who grew up in Southern California, like myself, have a thing for good Mexican food. Fresh tortillas, homemade salsas, local avocados… Yum! But once I realized that I feel my best eating lower-carb, I decided to re-imagine some of my favorites. That meant looking for alternatives to things like […] Continue Reading