health, pregnancy,& motherhood
Protein Needs During Pregnancy
Did you know that protein needs increase during pregnancy? Since many women experience some form of food aversions or nausea, getting in enough protein can feel a bit daunting. Let's talk about how much protein you really need, and how to make that happen when you're...
How Much Water Should You Drink During Pregnancy?
We've all heard that it's important to stay hydrated. But how much water should you drink during pregnancy? Does that 8 glasses a day rule still apply? And do other liquids count, or just water? Once again, something that has always felt pretty simple, is suddenly...
Is the Mediterranean Diet Good for Pregnancy?
The Mediterranean diet is considered one of the best diets by US News & World Report. We see that in the general population, following this pattern of eating improves lipid levels. However, there is limited evidence on the impact it has during pregnancy. A 2019...
Dietary Guidelines for Pregnant and Lactating Women
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...
7 Things to Know About Pregnancy Nutrition
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.
Why Coconut Oil is (Still) Bad for Your Heart: A Scientific Review
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.
6 Tips for Hosting a Brunch Party
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 am NOT the Food Police
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.
How to Thrive: Easter Brunch Edition
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.