Can You Be TOO Interested in Food?

Lots of people are interested in food, including me, but can an interest in food go too far and become something that's unhealthy? Yes! We have so many messages about food coming at us all the time including promotions for diets and lots of entertainment centered around food and cooking. With all of that, it can sometimes seem like it's perfectly fine or even healthy to be thinking about food all of the time. The truth is though, it isn't healthy at all. Being obsessed with food or preoccupied with food is a real thing, so let's talk about it.

How We Decide Which Health "Experts" to Listen To

I recently saw some dietitians talking online about an article that listed the 100 most influential people in health and fitness. Their discussion was about the merits of an article that lists health "experts" based on their level of influential rather than the accuracy of helpfulness of what their message. What I want to talk about today though is the idea of health influencers and how we decide who to listen to and who not to listen to. Unfortunately, it isn't always based on someone's expertise or the evidence for what they're promoting.

MAY GARDEN UPDATE! Berries, Greens, and Dodging a Tomato Disaster!

It's time for another garden update! We're already having some successes and failures in the garden this year, but it's all good because it's all experience we can learn from. Some things are growing, some things aren't, and I have a big update to the tomato and pepper disaster I shared with you last month. The whole situation was quite frustrating, but I'm happy to report that I think we're going to be able to bounce back from it. Some things might be a little later than I would like, but it's ok because we're still going to get lots of yummy produce!

For a point of reference, I'm in Virginia in Zone 7. All of the plants in the garden we either seeded directly or started from seed inside. I like to grow a lot heirloom varieties, which means lots of interesting shapes and colors!

HEALTHY WEGMANS GROCERY HAUL! What a Dietitian Buys at the Store!

Ever wonder what a dietitian or nutritionist buys at the grocery store? Today, I'm showing you! In this video I'm showing you my healthy grocery haul from this week's shopping trip to Wegmans! This grocery haul is a good example of what my grocery shopping is like this time of year. Now that we are in farmers market and gardening season, I buy a lot less at the grocery store. Most of my produce is coming from the farmers market and garden right now, so the store is just for filling in the gaps and getting the items I can only get at the store. I'm shopping for two people, me and my husband, but I think you'll find this helpful (or at least interesting) no matter how many people you're grocery shopping for in your house.

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WHAT I EAT IN A DAY | Healthy Meal Ideas From a Dietitian

It's time for another What I Eat in a Day video! I'm giving you a peak at what this dietitian eats in a day in May. This What I Eat in a Day showcases some of my favorite healthy meals and some spring-time twists. I know we all need some healthy meal ideas and inspiration from time to time, so I hope that seeing what I eat in a day as a nutritionist will give you some things you can try in your own meals and meal planning!

 

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2 Things My Parents Did To Raise a Healthy Eater | Registered Dietitian

Raising a healthy eater can seem tricky. In my work as a dietitian, I see a lot of parents who are confused or worried about getting their kid to eat healthy foods. In this video, I'm sharing some experiences from my own childhood. While I'm sure my interest in and love for food and healthy eating is somewhat based on my innate personality, I also think there are some things that my parents did that had a big impact. That's why I'm telling you about two things my parents did when I was a kid that played an important role in how I eat today.

Cook with Me! Roasted Veggie Frittata + Dietitian Q&A

Come cook with me! In this live stream, I'm making dinner and answering viewer questions. Watch while I make a healthy dinner and see how I put a meal together. You'll also get to learn some knife skills and cooking tips. This month, I'm making a roasted vegetable frittata and a side salad with balsamic vinaigrette. Learn how to make roasted vegetables, hear my thought on diets and weight loss, and more!

 

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Chef's knife (affiliate)
Salad spinner (affiliate)
Olive oil (affiliate)

 

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No, You SHOULDN'T Try Kim Kardashian's Diet

Kim Kardashian is on a new diet, so of course people are talking about it. The specifics of her latest diet really don't matter because this is not a one time thing. Kim has gone on many diets in the past and is likely to go on more diets in the future. What I'm talking about today applies to any diet that Kim Kardashian tries because, no matter what she's doing, dieting isn't healthy and you aren't going to look like her if you do the same thing as her. Kim Kardashian is one of the most visible and influential people in our culture right now. That means that whatever she does, including dieting, gets lots of attention and create ripples in the world around us. For that reason, I think this is something we need to talk about.
 

APRIL Garden Update! Spring Plants + Tomato Catastrophe!

The gardening season is finally here! It's April, so it's time for my first garden update of the year! In this video, I'm giving you a garden tour and showing you what's growing in the garden and inside under the grow lights. There are some perennials coming up and I have a few things planted out. On the grow rack, we're having a bit of a catastrophe with the tomatoes and peppers. Let's hope I can course correct without losing the plants!

For a point of reference, I'm in Virginia in Zone 7. All of the plants in the garden we either seeded directly or started from seed inside. I like to grow a lot heirloom varieties, which means lots of interesting shapes and colors!

WHAT I EAT IN A DAY | Healthy Meal Ideas from a Dietitian

It's time for another What I Eat in a Day video! I'm giving you a peak at what this dietitian eats in a day in April. This What I Eat in a Day showcases some of my favorite healthy meals and a couple new-to me food items. I know we all need some healthy meal ideas and inspiration from time to time, so I hope that seeing what I eat in a day as a nutritionist will give you some things you can try in your own meals and meal planning!

Ello HAUL! Glass + Ceramic Water Bottle and Tumblers!

Today's video is a fun Ello tumbler and travel mug haul! If you've been watching my videos for a while, then you know that I'm a big fan of Ello and their products. The people at Ello were kind enough to reach out and send me some of their products to try and I thought you might like to see what I got. I'm sharing my first impressions on these new-to-me tumblers and travel mugs with you!
 

 

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Jane Ceramic Travel Mug (affiliate)
Devon Glass Tumbler (affiliate)
Kella Glass Tumbler (not in video) (affiliate)

Thanks to Ello for sending me these tumblers to try! While I did receive these products for free, this video is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.

 

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Dirty Dozen List for 2018 is Here! What You Need to Know

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released their Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen lists for 2018. The goal behind these lists is to give people information on pesticide residues in produce and help people decide between organic and conventional produce items in the store. While I understand the intent behind these lists, I do worry that they may make some people feel more confused about produce and even discourage people from choosing produce items when they're shopping.

 

DIRTY DOZEN
1. Strawberries
2. Spinach
3. Nectarines
4. Apples
5. Grapes
6. Peaches
7. Cherries
8. Pears
9. Tomatoes
10. Celery
11. Potatoes
12. Sweet Bell Peppers + Hot Peppers

CLEAN FIFTEEN
1. Avocados
2. Sweet corn
3. Pineapples
4. Cabbages
5. Onions
6. Sweet Peas Frozen
7. Papayas
8. Asparagus
9. Mangoes
10. Eggplant
11. Honeydew Melons
12. Kiwis
13. Cantaloupes
14. Cauliflower
15. Broccoli
 

One of the WORST Places for Diet Talk

Diet talk and the diet mentality are all around us, but there are some places where diet talk and the diet mentality seem to thrive. One of those places is health fairs. As a dietitian, I go to a lot of health fairs and I often hear a lot of diet talk while I'm there. It comes from both people attending the health fair and vendors at the health fair. Unfortunately, because dieting and many other unhealthy behaviors are often promoted and encouraged in our culture as the healthy thing to do, a lot of those things pop up in places where health in the focus.
 

Healthy Grocery HAUL! What a Dietitian Buys at the Store!

Ever wonder what a dietitian or nutritionist buys at the grocery store? Today, I'm showing you! In this video I'm showing you my healthy grocery haul from this week's shopping trip! This grocery haul is on the larger side for me, but it will give you an idea of some of the items that I like to purchase. This haul has a mixture of staples items and fun new-to-me items that I decided to purchase on this trip. I'm shopping for two people, me and my husband, but I think you'll find this helpful (or at least interesting) no matter how many people you're grocery shopping for in your house.
 

 

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Make Dinner with Me! Pastured Pork Chops and Roasted Veggies + Dietitian Q&A!

Come cook with me! In this live stream, I'm making dinner and answering viewer questions. Watch while I make a healthy dinner and see how I put a meal together. You'll also get to learn some knife skills and cooking tips. This month, I'm making pastured pork chops, mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, and roasted mushrooms. Learn how to make roasted vegetables, hear about my experience getting a hog share, and more!

 

Does Coffee Cause Cancer?! | Registered Dietitian

Concerns about coffee and health always seems to be floating around, but a lot more people are talking about it after the recent ruling of a California judge. In relation the Proposition 65, a California law, a judge ruled that coffee shops need to post a warning that coffee can cause cancer. All of this is because of acrylamide, a compound found in coffee and other foods when they are cooked at high temperature. So should we stop drinking coffee? And does coffee actually cause cancer? That's what we're talking about in this video.
 

 

Starting Pepper Seeds + Dietitian Q&A

I'm starting pepper seeds for my garden, so I thought I would show you how I do it! In this live stream, I talk about how to start seeds in general and then talk about peppers specifically. I also showing all of the pepper varieties that I'm growing in my garden this year.

For a point of reference, I'm in Virginia in Zone 7. All of the plants in the garden we either seeded directly or started from seed inside. I like to grow a lot heirloom varieties, which means lots of interesting shapes and colors!
 

 

WHERE I GOT MY SEEDS

- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds
- Seed Savers Exchange
- Southern Exposure Seed Exchange

VARIETIES MENTIONED

- Miniature Red Bell pepper (sweet)
- Miniature Yellow Bell pepper (sweet)
- Jimmy Nardello's pepper (sweet)
- Aji Chinchi Amarillo pepper (hot)
- Aji Cristal pepper (hot)
- Brazilian Starfish pepper (hot)
- Buena Mulata pepper (hot)
- Chinese Five Color pepper (hot)
- Jalapeno, Craig's Grande pepper (hot)
- Jalapeno, Traveler's Strain pepper (hot)
- Lemon Drop pepper (hot)
- Mustard Habanero pepper (hot)
- Ralph Thompson's Squash pepper (hot)
- Sugar Rush Peach pepper (hot)