Being in the field of nutrition for quite a while (I would rather not say exactly how long 😉), it makes me a little loopy when someone trying to lose weight gets on the no-fruit bandwagon. Yes, they are a carbohydrate, but all plant foods are carbohydrates! Carbohydrate refers to the molecular structure that makes up most of the plant — a chain of carbons with a water molecule attached to each = hydrated carbons or carbohydrates. Grains, fruits, starchy veggies and dairy products-all carbs. Cookies, cake, ice cream-all carbs. Fruits, vegetables and whole grains are our unprocessed, natural, nutritious…


Happy Summer ~ and Happy 4th of July! As July brings on some serious summer heat, we still make the move from our indoor ovens to the heat of the outdoor grills. Trying to stay cool while enjoying delicious summer fare, it is definitely a sweaty and celebratory time of the year😅. Barbecues, picnics, dining on the beach, all call for light and tasty foods, while keeping ourselves balanced, hydrated and happy.

It does not take much to get caught up in all of the well-deserved fun and excitement amongst friends and family, and put your health goals on the…


When you experience the flavors of New Orleans, from the food to the music, to the culture and to the people, you just want more of all of it. And as delicious and rich as all of it is, finding a healthy way to enjoy it back home is challenging. You can crank up the jazz easily enough, but cranking out the food is more challenging.

Digging into the pleasure of the culinary gifts of New Orleans brings on unique spices, seafood, chicken, sausage, rice, vegetables and more. However, finding a healthy balance of culinary therapy and gluttony can be…


When a fruit is shaped like a heart, could there be anything sweeter? Sweet to taste, sweet to smell, sweet to look at, sweet🍓

May is National Strawberry Month! Why should you be excited? For starters, not one, not two, but three of the latest studies on strawberries suggest they may be associated with slowing down aging of the brain, cardiovascular system and gut microbiome. #fountainofyouth. Let’s jump the fuck in :)!

  • One study showed that the addition of strawberries to the diets of healthy, older adults can improve some aspects of cognition. Yes, more studies are needed to confirm…

Have you thought about where your salmon comes from🐟? A new Netflix documentary, Seaspiracy, has stirred the ocean waters, creating a controversy of what exactly is seafood sustainability and why it’s important. Seafood sustainability is about how seafood is caught or farmed with minimal environmental and social impacts. It is intended to maintain healthy populations of fish while minimizing the impact of the fishing industry on the marine environment. Seaspiracy, definitely made me yearn for the truth. Is the seafood industry truly sustainable? Do the benefits of consuming seafood outweigh the environmental dilemmas?

Seaspiracy examines the global fishing industry, challenges…


When life gives you lemons🍋, how do you handle it? Do you show up as your best self? With a whole damn pitcher of lemonade :)? Do you curl up under the sheets to avoid human contact? Perhaps you’re somewhere in the middle — you show up, but not with the energy needed to manage the situation. For the last year (plus) every one of us was handed bushels of lemons. Many people experienced days, weeks or months that were quite sour. Some of us used the pandemic as a time to complete projects, cook, bake, exercise, hang with your…


We have become a society that loves an easy “quick fix.” Who doesn’t welcome a quick fix when it comes to food and eating? There are so many to choose from, but they really don’t fix anything, and they definitely don’t teach you how to create healthy habits. In many ways, going on a diet is easier than actually making lasting changes to your lifestyle. The phrase “going on a diet” implies that you go off the diet, too. What happens when the diet is over? Necessary and positive lifestyle changes, however, are never over. They are some of the…


We all might be feeling a little crazy, like days are blending into one another and time has taken on a new meaning. Cooking is often my go-to when I want to take some control of the crazy. I could cook anything from sweet to savory, to just feel I am accomplishing something. Yet, there is something about Spring on the horizon that brings vegetables to the forefront for me, making a stronger presence than usual. Perhaps it’s the “warmer” air or the peaks of sunshine we have experienced out east this week, but I am fully leaning in to…


While “saucy” people can add some playful feistiness to any gathering or meal, we are going to discuss saucy foods here — what types, how much, recipes, sauces when eating out, and hidden culprits.

Gettin’ saucy with our food can work in many ways. When dining out or ordering in, the amount of sauce that comes with your dish can be overwhelming. Even if you make a healthy selection of tilapia, what comes on top of the fish can lead to excessive calories, fat and/or sodium. Maybe you want to shy away from being the customer that asks for sauce…


Part 5: Women and (Unwanted) Weight

As “gracefully aging women,” ourselves, we know there is much to discuss. However, we have reached our last topic in this series. What makes it so difficult to lose weight or maintain our weight during this phase of life? As always, there are multiple factors to this struggle, and we aren’t going to address genetics here. We are not promoting diets or trying to be thin; rather, we are focused on strong, healthy bodies and minds. We are speaking to those in the audience who are peri-menopausal or currently in menopause who are struggling to lose extra, unwanted weight and…

The Rebellious RD

A nutrition expert and middle child, I am writing to promote health and wellbeing, recipes and tips in a relatable, slightly rebellious fashion.

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