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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

Dark Chocolate Bark with Raspberries and Pumpkin Seeds thumbnail

I am an unapologetic fan of chocolate. When I was a kid, I’d eat chocolate so slowly that the piece would melt between my fingers before I could finish a single square. Or sometimes I would paint my lips with dark chocolate, like lipstick. How’s that for savoring every bite? Some people would view chocolate […] Continue Reading

End Food Waste Over the Holidays thumbnail

For better or for worse, the holiday season has arrived. While most nutrition writers are busy drafting articles about how to avoid gaining weight over the holidays (been there, done that), I want to talk about another important issue that rarely gets air time: food waste. In the United States, 30-40% of our food goes […] Continue Reading

Post Baby Body Love (Part 2) thumbnail

Having a baby is such a journey. Let’s do a brief timeline, shall we? TWW (two week wait) Get your BFP (big fat positive). Survive the dreaded nausea phase. Give me #allthefood. How did I gain 4 pounds in a weekend? I have to pee. I have to pee. I have to pee. Please stop […] Continue Reading

Manage Gestational Diabetes Without Fear thumbnail

When you’re diagnosed with gestational diabetes, one of the first things you do is hop on Google and try to unravel what this will mean for your pregnancy and birth. A lot of the time, the search results are not reassuring. They say you’ll need insulin, that you’ll need to be induced or have a […] Continue Reading

Post Baby Body Love (Part 1) thumbnail

Years ago, I remember being asked by a man I knew through the Pilates industry if I ever wanted to have children. When I responded: “I think so - maybe in another few years.” He interrupted me to say” “You shouldn’t “ruin” your body because you’re in such good shape.” Um, what? Thanks for the […] Continue Reading

Movement Matters Retreat Recap with Katy Bowman thumbnail

I spent this past weekend at Katy Bowman’s Movement Matters Retreat in the lush Olympic Peninsula of Washington state (an area I’m lucky to currently reside in), soaking up as much insight as I could from her. Like thousands of others, Katy’s work has had a big impact on the way that I view movement […] Continue Reading