Welcome to Cultivate Healthy, Good Morning Washington viewers! With the temperature finally heating up, it's time to update some classic recipes before you host your next cookout. Cook-outs usually involve burger and hot dogs with those delicious high calorie side dishes and desserts that everyone loves 🙂 I wanted to switch up those traditional recipes… Continue reading Healthier Cook-out Recipes with Secret Ingredients
Today we celebrate registered dietitians (RDs)! I am so madly in love with this field. There are so many wonderful RDs doing amazing work in such a wide variety of capacities, and I am honored to be able to highlight three of my favorite people today (plus my own input at the end) as they… Continue reading Happy RD Day!
As I get ready to say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017, I find myself "fighting" off a cold. Isn't that cute? "Fighting off a cold" sounds like there's some sort of even playing field here. Ha! Not so much. I've been relatively healthy this year, and I'm so grateful for that. Whatever bug… Continue reading 2016 ends with a swift kick in the face
I recently started working at a hospital in Washington, DC as a bariatric dietitian. I work with patients who have excess weight to the point of being medically dangerous. Basically, my job is to help patients learn healthy lifestyle behaviors, skills, and strategies for weight loss and weight maintenance, while also preparing them for surgical… Continue reading Walking the walk
A few weeks ago, I saw a patient in the hospital who had been losing weight drastically because of her acid reflux. It was so bad that she couldn’t eat at all. Her meds had stopped working, and none of her usual tricks were helping. That same day, I spoke with a potential client about her… Continue reading Reflux sucks! Now what?
Research from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health (my alma mater!) shows that people who frequently cook meals at home may be consuming fewer calories, less sugar, fewer carbohydrates overall, AND less fat than those who cook less. Without even trying! When you cook at home you get familiar with ingredients and what you're putting on your… Continue reading I love Blue Apron OR How I learned to cook like a chef
Diets are terrible. First of all, it's painful to even start them and more often then not, we procrastinate and put them off to some vague time in the future. If we do start them, we rarely finish them (whatever that means!). Diets are either too restrictive or too bizarre (cayenne and lemon juice??) to make a lasting… Continue reading Why dieting doesn’t work and what you should do instead
This past spring, I had a fantastic opportunity to intern with a unique, family-owned, local food service company- I.L. Creations. ILC runs large cafeteria operations at huge accounts including federal agency buildings. There are two fabulous dietitians on staff at ILC who get to work with chefs on recipe development, food demos for cafeteria patrons, nutrition… Continue reading Spice Up Your Life Series
Truth time: I'm an anxious person. I've dealt with depression and anxiety for decades. I've gotten very good at channeling that worry into productivity, but it wasn't always that way. One of the tools that I use to keep my head right is meditation. Another is focusing on being grateful. Although I am not perfect (Whaaaaat?… Continue reading Live life on purpose & other mindful stuff
Summertime is when I start craving salad. I still eat salad in the winter, but something about a crisp, green salad with all the goodies on top screams summer to me. My favorite combo is spring mix with walnuts, dried cherries, goat cheese, and granny smith apples! It's a meal all on it's own or you can add grilled chicken… Continue reading Simple summer salad dressing recipe