How to Eat Healthy During A Pandemic

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Pandemic eating: how to get your core nutrients, support your immune system, strengthen your family bond over food, and overcome your fear of comfort eating. This post may contain affiliate links. Read full disclosure. You may have a LOT of thoughts about food during this coronavirus pandemic! From not having enough to eat, to being worried about eating too much, to wanting to strengthen your immune system to ward off an infection, there’s a lot you could be worrying about. Take a deep breath in, then exhale. I don’t have a magic wand to make everything better. But I can help … Read More

4 Things You Need to Know About Probiotics

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Taking a probiotic is only useful if it actually provides a health benefit! Learn how to choose and take probiotics effectively to get the most out of them! It wasn’t so long ago that the thought of ‘bacteria’ made us all cringe and think of gross microscopic creepy crawlies that make a person sick. Nowadays, we ask the question “is it good bacteria or bad bacteria?” Probiotics are the good bacteria that survive the digestive process and provide a health benefit to humans upon arrival to and colonization of the colon. Did you read that and go “huh?”  Yeah, the … Read More

The Problem With Clean Eating

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The pursuit of health through clean eating has a dirty problem. Learn what you can do instead to nourish your mind, body, & soul! Clean eating. Gone are the days of just eating healthy. That’s so yesterday. You have to eat clean. At least, that’s what all those pictures of ripped personal trainers are saying. But, as a Registered Dietitian with a whole degree in nutrition under my belt, I have some bones to pick with ‘clean eating.’ First of all, what does it even mean? I just washed my apple. Does that mean I’m eating clean? Having a snack … Read More

How to Keep Your Eating on Track Over the Holidays [VIDEO]

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Holiday food and eating got you stressing? Read/watch to find out how to keep your eating on track this month! WATCH THE VIDEO: READ THE TRANSCRIPT: Do you feel a bit scared when the holidays roll around? From parties filled with appetizers, to the Christmas baking, to the big dinners, to the eggnog screaming at you from the fridge, how on earth are you supposed to keep to your healthy eating plan? How are you supposed to stay on track? My advice to you is simple. Find a new track. Yup. If you feel uneasy around food around the holidays … Read More

Processed Food: what you need to know

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Are you scared of processed food? Learn everything you need to know about processed food and what it means for your health. I’ve been saying it for years. In fact, it’s point #5 on my personal food and nutrition manifesto: “I believe that eating food close to the way it was grown is the most healthful.” Thus far we’ve only had limited evidence for promoting foods that are closer to how you would find them in nature. On a gut level, it seems like a good idea, right? We all like the idea of “natural food.” It feels safe and … Read More

Habits Build Freedom [VIDEO}

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Does the word habit scare and bore you? Are freedom and spontaneity what you want? Read about how habits actually build freedom. WATCH THE VIDEO: Does the idea of building habit and routine sound dull and lifeless? You might be thinking “I want to keep the fun and spontaneity in life! Don’t tie me down with habits!” The truth is that habits actually build freedom! I want to present you with the analogy of  attachment theory in children. Attachment Theory  explores how the bond children form with their parents effects their development into adulthood. In a good emotional bond, children … Read More

How to Control Your Weight (hint: you actually CAN’T!)

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A Dietitian explains how your weight is literally outside of your control and how knowing that can actually help you live the life you really want! WATCH THE VIDEO:   FOR THOSE WHO PREFER TO READ, HERE’S THE VIDEO TRANSCRIPT! I want to talk about something incredibly important today. I have so many people write to tell me the same thing. “Jessica, I lost the weight but it’s coming back on and I don’t know how to stop it!” “Jessica, I’m stuck at a weight loss plateau!” “Jessica, I NEED to lose weight.” And I tell everyone the same thing. … Read More