health, pregnancy,& motherhood
What are the Dietary Guidelines for Americans? Did you know that until 2020, we didn't have federal dietary guidelines for pregnant and lactating women? The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) are the federal source of evidence-based information on diet and...
You’re pregnant. Now what do you eat? If you’re like many women I know, as soon as you find out you are pregnant, you start second-guessing your diet. And then you start Googling pregnancy nutrition, and pretty soon you’re confused and have a long list of things you either “must” eat or “never” eat. Take a deep breath. Instead of trying to hold onto everything, focus on these top 7 things to know about pregnancy nutrition.
Let me start by saying that I believe in food freedom. I believe that all foods can fit into a healthy dietary pattern. I’m not here to tell you “always” or “never”.
But I believe in presenting people with the information they need to make the best decision for themselves and their families. And here’s the truth:
Based on the research we have, coconut oil is not a healthful choice. Hard stop.
Can you be an entrepreneur AND work for someone else? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, as I went “all-in” on Katie Goldberg Nutrition, only to realize that I wasn’t quite able to bring in enough money to justify the childcare. I pursued other jobs, but have had a lingering feeling of failure or disappointment in the back of my head. Am I simply not cut out to be an entrepreneur?
With this definition, entrepreneurship becomes a mindset rather than simply the stereotypical driven, risk-addicted, type-A serial business-starter.
I think that brunch is the new dinner. At least for people with kids. Anyone else notice that? The dinner invites have stopped and we do a lot of morning gatherings with friends. But I’m not sad about it. After all, brunch is more casual (read: kid-friendly, no paying for a baby-sitter, and I can stay awake the whole time) and who doesn’t love breakfast food all day every day?!
But brunch can also be tricky because of the timing of the different dishes, and you have to plan ahead a little more (because no one is getting up at 5am to cook for friends).
To help keep brunch fun, casual and 100% delicious, here are some great tips, brought to you by Simple Mills.
I’m not the food police. In fact, no dietitian that I know wants that title. If I’m being honest, I find the title accusatory and insulting. Plus, you deserve much better than the food police to help you get healthy.
It seems to me that we need to switch our mindset. Instead of a holiday being a reason to throw caution to the wind, I wonder if we need to treat holidays more like Tuesdays. And honestly, I’m less interested in living most of life under crazy restrictions that make me feel like I need to treat myself to something, and more interested in living out enjoyable health each day.
After all, understanding these special occasions is actually just figuring out how to do life NOT on a diet. Living a real life, with real friends and family, with real opportunities to celebrate and enjoy good food and good people.
High-protein diets have been very fashionable lately. Whether it’s a specific diet like Atkins, Paleo/Whole30 and Dukan, or just a push for high protein items, protein is EVERYWHERE. But could high levels of protein be harmful to your health? Even worse for you than smoking??
It’s National Healthy Weight Week (Jan 20-26), and as I’m celebrating by pursuing true health (no diets allowed!), it reminded me of a blog post for EKG Nutrition about intuitive eating and obesity. If you’ve been following intuitive eating or any kind of non-diet content, you might start to question whether or not the approach even values health and nutrition. “Isn’t there an obesity crisis in America?” you might ask. How can we (dietitians) tell people to eat what they want when obesity is only getting more out of control? How can we reconcile this intuitive eating approach with the growing obesity epidemic?