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Clearing Up Nutrition for Pregnancy Myths thumbnail

From early on in my career, I’ve always loved being asked questions about nutrition, especially the weird ones. Questions lead to fascinating discussions, which leads to research, which leads to more questions, then more research, which ultimately, maybe, (hopefully), leads to some answers. This is something I still love and it’s one of the reasons […] 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

Low Carb for Gestational Diabetes: Opinions from Moms and Experts thumbnail

Years ago when I was knee deep in research articles, I felt like a lone wolf; the only one who dared to question the conventional thinking about nutrition for gestational diabetes. I was asking hard questions about the RDA for carbohydrates and the risks of ketosis. I knew some clinicians who promoted low carb eating […] Continue Reading

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

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

Warning: Cooking with Aluminum Foil is Toxic thumbnail

Aluminum foil is super convenient in the kitchen. You can wrap up foil packets of marinated veggies for the grill, line a baking sheet with foil to cut down on clean up, or cover casseroles in the oven. And don’t forget about storing leftovers in foil! Most of us don’t think twice about cooking with […] 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

10 Food Safety Mistakes You Didn’t Even Know You Were Making thumbnail

When it comes to preparing dinner, food safety isn’t always the first thought that comes to mind. With the recent Chipotle scandal, food safety is at the forefront of our conversations. Restaurants have to follow certain guidelines to prevent foodborne illness (and clearly, even those aren’t always enough), but what sort of food safety guidelines […] Continue Reading

Real Food for Pregnancy thumbnail

There’s a lot of misinformation about prenatal nutrition, especially when it comes to real food for pregnancy. Limit your egg consumption because they’re high in cholesterol Avoid liver because it’s too high in vitamin A Take extra folic acid! (this part’s complex, so please keep reading for the full scoop) Eat lean protein You must […] Continue Reading