Most Americans are looking to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. Diets are hard (and often only temporarily effective, if at all!) because you are often forced to restrict what you're eating, which leaves you feeling hungry and deprived. That is a recipe for disaster. Managing a healthy weight long term requires a sustainable… Continue reading Eat more, lose weight
So just the other day, I was talking to my friend about choline in my diet said no one, ever! Although micronutrients get no love, they are a integral component of the every day functions of our bodies. Micronutrients include vitamins, minerals and other critical substances that facilitate body functions like producing enzymes and hormones for… Continue reading Mighty Micronutrients!
Welcome GMW viewers and Cultivate Healthy friends! As you may know, November is Alzheimer's Disease Awareness month. This disease devastates families with over 5 million people dealing with Alzheimer's Disease in the US. Researchers at Rush University Medical Center investigated the diets of older Americans and developed an eating pattern that can cut Alzheimer's risk… Continue reading Protect Your Brain with the MIND Diet
Who's excited to talk about fiber?? I know it's not the most riveting topic, but it's a very important one in the health and nutrition world. What does fiber do? Fiber gets you full quickly and keeps you fuller longer than foods without fiber. Insoluble fiber is considered roughage and helps keeps things moving (if you… Continue reading Fun with Fiber
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 burgers 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