“It all started when I got a fitbit…” “It all started when I learned how to count calories...” “It all started when I downloaded the Weight Watchers app…” That’s how nearly every one of my appointments begins with a new disordered eating client. They tell me their story, how they first began restricting or bingeing. … Continue reading Stop Kurbo, Weight Watchers dieting app for kids
More than a year ago, when I was still a dietetic intern, learning about HAES for the first time and just thinking about getting back into writing again I pitched an article. It was about the menu labeling law that was about to go into effect nationwide. I was concerned about it. I knew a … Continue reading The dilemma of menu labeling
"The hardest part of recovery is even knowing what normal eating looks like," I said to my therapist a few months into my first round of treatment. "I can't even remember what hunger feels like." It took me years to really understand my hunger cues - and especially normal fullness cues - were again. I … Continue reading Life with ED: when intuitive eating doesn’t work
special thanks to my dietetic intern Kara Peters for assisting in research for this blog post. "How many of you have ever had a protein shake or taken a supplement?" I ask about mid-way through every sports nutrition presentation I give. Nine times out of ten, over half the hands in a room full of … Continue reading Navigating sports nutrition supplements
"So are you new to the area?" I paused, technically it had been almost 5 months since I moved back up to Connecticut from Maryland, but the answer still felt like yes. "Yes," I said. "I moved here this past summer." "Oh, how exciting! What made you move?" The man behind the counter at the … Continue reading Because weddings don’t come with enough stress
My second dietetic intern has a story and a message worth sharing. Read her first blog post all about the female athlete triad, a topic near and dear to not only her heart, but mine. By Kara Peters, Dietetic Intern at the University of Saint Joseph I was fortunate enough to be a three-sport athlete … Continue reading Stop normalizing the loss of your period in sports
"You're looking slim!" "Have you lost some weight?" "What do you weigh? You look great!" "You've definitely lost some weight, you must feel so much better." "Wow you've lost weight! That's awesome. Amy Dunham R.D. works at UConn in the Nutrition Services Department. Listen to her perspective as a provider for those in ED recovery … Continue reading Life with ED: What everybody’s always talking about
It really doesn't seem that long ago that I was a dietetic intern...what, 9 months? Well, nevertheless, now I have my very own intern! And it turns out she's got something to say. By Sydney Spiewak, Dietetic Intern at the University of Saint Joseph Why is everyone so keto obsessed? The ketogenic diet or “keto” … Continue reading If you’re friend went keto… would you go keto too?
"No thank you, I'm a picky eater." "I'm sorry, but I'm a picky eater." "I would, but I'm a picky eater." As a dietitian who hosts tabeling events with food samples eight or more times a month, I hear these phrases constantly, and I just don't get it - at least not anymore. My intern … Continue reading But I’m a picky eater
While I was recording a podcast last week the subject of makeup came up. We were talking about the feeling that many women (and even young girls!) have that they need to change their face, cover it up, make it look a certain way and hide any imperfections before they can be seen by the … Continue reading Come as you are
After three solid years of grocery shopping for myself I've finally got it down to a science. Zig-zag through the produce department, swing through the bread, baking and - of course - peanut butter isles, grab a few special items for a new meal this week, stop by the dairy fridge and just before leaving … Continue reading Homemade Granola, my way
And I am by no means alone. Over one-third of female, division-one college athletes develop an eating disorder, according to one study. For athletes competing in endurance sports such as running and swimming as well as those that emphasize appearance like dance, gymnastics or wrestling are at even higher risk.