Why the Answer to the Obesity Crisis isn’t Another Diet

Why the Answer to the Obesity Crisis isn’t Another Diet

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?

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How to Define "Good Food"

How to Define "Good Food"

I’m not going to categorize food into “good” and “bad”. I don’t believe that food has a moral value. When we define food as “clean” that innately means another food is “dirty”. I’m just not into that distinction. I see too many women beat themselves up over their food choices. Eating a kale salad doesn’t make you more righteous than eating an ice cream sundae.

However, I can help you find food that provides the most nutrition. Instead of focusing on the foods that you “can’t” or “shouldn’t” eat, I’d rather encourage you to think about foods that nourish you, provide energy and nutrients – and to realize that there is an abundance of those foods!

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Cold-Pressed vs Traditional Juice

Cold-Pressed vs Traditional Juice

If you follow food trends, you've seen cold-pressed juice in the grab-and-go section of your grocery store, convenience store, or gym. If you don't follow food trends, you've probably seen it, but the only thing that stood out to you was the price tag. What is cold-pressed juice and how is it different from “regular” juice?

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Dietary Guidelines - What They Mean for You

Dietary Guidelines - What They Mean for You

ICYMI, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans were released on January 7... The public (I’m going to include the media in that statement) has been a little up in arms with this news. Critiques and frustrations abound, but those that I find most interesting are “why should I care?” and “how is this different?”.

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Caffeinated Peanut Butter?!?

Caffeinated Peanut Butter?!?

You may only know of him as Amy Schumer's uncle, but Chuck Schumer has been a senator in New York state since I was in high school. Recently, he has taken a stand against a new product on the shelves - a caffeinated version of peanut butter.

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The "Bacon Causes Cancer" Report: What You Should Know

The "Bacon Causes Cancer" Report: What You Should Know

Photo Credit. When I first saw the headlines [that processed meat causes cancer], I thought, “Duh. We’ve known this. How is this new information?” But it only gained traction. I thought if I needed a little help making sense all of this, maybe you did, too. So let’s break it down together.

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Caffeine - Friend or Foe?

Caffeine - Friend or Foe?

Oh sweet caffeine. How I love you. I have no idea how I would function without my morning cup of joe. But coffee has been somewhat controversial in the media when it comes to health. Well, not just coffee, but caffeine in general. Is it good or bad for you? Does it really cause dehydration? Does it help or hurt a workout? There's a lot to sift through. Here is a quick 4-1-1 on the subject.

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