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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

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

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

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

Mindful Eating: Does it work even when you eat junk food? thumbnail

  Mindful eating doesn't work if you eat any junk food. You have to be super strict otherwise it's useless." This is a common sentiment about mindful eating, but I'm not 100% on board with it. I was just having a conversation with a client about this and figured you might get something out of […] Continue Reading

Saturated Fat: Does it Really Clog Your Arteries? thumbnail

“Artery-clogging saturated fat.” It just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it? Decades of public health messages and magazine articles have practically etched those words in stone, but maybe it’s time to reframe the way we look at saturated fat. In the following article, one of my nutrition interns, Anna, takes a deeper look at the […] Continue Reading

5 Fermented Foods to Boost Your Intake of Probiotics thumbnail

You’ve probably at least heard about fermented foods and the term “probiotics,” but you may or may not know exactly what they are and how they benefit your health. In today’s guest post, written by nutrition student, Anna Pashkova, a senior at Gardner-Webb University who’s studying exercise science and chemistry (and plans to get her […] Continue Reading

Top 5 Myths About Salt – why cutting back on salt isn’t always the best idea.

We hear about it constantly. The problem with our diet is too much “salt, fat, and sugar.” But is that really true? If you’ve been following my work for a while, you know I wholeheartedly agree that excessive sugar is an issue and wholeheartedly disagree that fat is something we should avoid. But salt? make […] Continue Reading

robb wolf gestational diabetes controversy

She has done the ungodly thing of writing a book about a topic that has no fence sitters, everyone one has an opinion, and everybody’s opinion is right.” I wasn’t exactly sure if that was a compliment or something else, but I quickly found out. If you don’t know Robb, he’s a NYT best-selling author […] Continue Reading

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Vitamin D thumbnail

If you’ve picked up a newspaper or magazine in the past 10 years, you’ve read about vitamin D. Maybe you’ve heard it called the “sunshine vitamin” or read that deficiency in vitamin D is linked to heart disease or cancer. Both of those are true. You’ve probably also heard that “15 minutes of morning sun” […] Continue Reading