When I was growing up, family meals worked like clockwork in our home. We knew that every night around 6 or 6:30 we would all sit down and eat together as a family. My parents would ask us how school was, we would, begrudgingly, give a half-hearted answer of "fine" or "boring", someone would inevitably … Continue reading Spilled Milk and Spaghetti on the Floor: In Support of Family Meals
Yesterday while I was at work (I work in a hospital dietary office), I was talking to a nurse about a patient's meal options. I was telling her I was unable to order a cheeseburger for a patient as the patient was recovering from open heart surgery (as in the system literally would not let … Continue reading Body Shaming and Why It Sucks
For many of us, as soon as we wake up in the late morning/afternoon on New Year's day with terrible morning breath from the vast assortment of sugary cocktails we indulged in last night, mascara smudges on our eyeballs, fingers that smell like french fries from the 3 a.m. fast food run, and general self-hatred, … Continue reading Can you guess the #1 New Year’s resolution?
Can a person be too into healthy eating? To the point where it becomes obsessive and actually unhealthy? The short answer is yes, and it has even been given a clinical name. Orthorexia nervosa is a term used to describe a person who has an "unhealthy obsession" with eating "right". It is not an official disorder … Continue reading When Wanting To Be Healthy Becomes An Obsession
Sugar is sugar. Heard that phrase before? What it means is that our bodies cannot recognize one sugar from the next. It means that when it comes to digesting, absorbing, and using sugar our bodies cannot differentiate between table sugar versus honey, or between fruit sugar (fructose) versus high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). In this … Continue reading Hey, Sugar
Up until recently the extent of my knowledge about the large intestine has been very limited. We eat and then we poop and that's about it. My interest in poop has only gone so far as the occasional hilarious story of an esteemed adult pooping their pants. They really do get me every time. See … Continue reading 10 REASONS WHY YOUR GUT IS THE SH*&
School is back in session! Summer has ended and has taken all of my free time with it. But I am excited and am welcoming the change in seasons with open arms. My classes are so, so interesting and it is my last year as a dietetics student, which is definitely something to celebrate! It … Continue reading Nutrigenomics: the future of nutritional healthcare?
Lately I have been thinking a lot about the scope of health: what that means for me and for others and how we can achieve it. It is as individual for all of us as our DNA is to our cells, but I think there are also some basic generalizations we can make and guidelines … Continue reading Our Capacity for Health
The word "dietitian" is a bit misleading. I have discovered this after experiencing many uncomfortable situations when what I study is brought up around others, specifically when food is involved. My husband, Tom, and I will be out to dinner with new people and once they find out I am studying to become a dietitian, … Continue reading Dietitians are not the “food police” (and other misconceptions).
I'll never forget the day I realized I had an eating disorder as a child. We were all sitting in a hip Chattanooga restaurant with our (damn delicious) locally-sourced polenta with fig spread and quinoa encrusted salmon (of course); all of us either foodies, dietitians, nutritionists, or students there to learn and talk about working … Continue reading Oh, That Was an Eating Disorder?