Family Meals – Friend or Foe?

I recently learned that September is National Family Meals Month. I don’t know about you but when I think about family meals, I have two different reactions - a personal reaction and a professional one. Let’s start with the latter. Professional me is stoked! I know the research behind the incredible benefits of family meals: Better academic [...]

It’s Winter & Soup’s On!

Picture Source Soup is one of the best parts of winter. It’s warm, it’s comforting, and one pot meals are super easy. Plus the varieties are endless. And as I discovered last year, January is National Soup Month. So I had to share with you a couple of my tried and true favorite soups to […]

Lazy Girls Week of Healthy Eating (a la Trader Joe’s)

In this vlog I give you a tour of my grocery cart for the week. I show you how to assemble super simple, super yummy, and super nutritious meals for the busy week ahead. Enjoy my lazy girls week of healthy eating and be sure to share with me your go-to weekly meals when you […]

Toddlers and Picky Eating

This blog post has been in the works for quite some time but perhaps it’s apropos to publish it on Mother’s Day. For all the mothers reading this post- keep up the awesome work! Several weeks ago I received a request to write a post about feeding toddlers. It’s a fantastic topic! Many parents are […]

Holiday Tips for Healthy Conversation

Semantics are important. The words we choose hold a great deal of meaning, whether we realize it or not. So I’d like to give you something to ponder during this holiday season. As you spend time with family and friends you may want to consider a few of the following tips. My hope is that […]

#endED Twitter Chat Re-Cap with Harriet Brown

Last week Harriet Brown was our guest expert for our monthly #endED Twitter Chat. She taught us a lot about family based treatment for anorexia and the important roles that families play in supporting their loved one through recovery from an eating disorder. (If you want to learn more about her story, this is a […]

Guest Post: Food as Connection

Today we have the pleasure from hearing from guest blogger Ashley Solomon, PsyD. Ashley is a therapist who specializes in the treatment of eating disorders, body image, trauma, and serious mental illness. Please check out her fabulous blog Nourishing the Soul. Nourishing the Soul is a look at how our relationship with food can become distorted when […]

The Family Dinner

Take the time to read this absolutely fantastic interview with author Laurie David, who recently wrote “The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time.”  Even if you don’t have kids (like me), you’ll benefit from the messages in the interview.  I think the messages apply to all relationships, […]

Fitness Fact: Let’s Move

For this month’s fitness fact blog post, I decided to highlight the new Let’s Move website I mentioned on Monday’s blog post. Did you know that children need at least an hour a day of vigorous play and activity to stay healthy?  This may seem like a lot but consider the number of hours children […]

Food Tips for the Holidays

As a dietitian who works in the field of eating disorders, I am a member of MEDA (Multi-Service Eating Disorder Association).  MEDA is a phenomal resource for clinicians, family members, and individuals struggling with eating and body issues.  I recently received an awesome handout from Amy Armstrong, who is the clinical director at MEDA. The […]

Family Meals

With all of the confusing headlines and shifting recommendations about eating, it’s no wonder many people feel uncertain about their diet. However, there is a large body of research that suggests one of the very best things you can do for your family is eat together! I found a relevant article on the Children’s Data […]

Food, Inc

I had the opportunity to go see Food, Inc. last night.  If you care at all about the food you feed yourself and/or your family please go see it!  It’s essentially “Fast Food Nation” and “Omnivore’s Dilemma” rolled into a well-research, eye-opening, and entertaining 90 minute film which traces our food supply from farm to plate.  In short, […]

Nutritional Gatekeepers

In an attempt to save money, more and more people are cooking at home. And while this may be cheaper, are you certain that your food is more nutritious? Brian Wansink, author of “Mindless Eating” suggests that the nutrition gatekeeper of your house (the person who buys and prepares most of the food) influences more […]

The Feeding Relationship: Parents & Children

I just got back from serving on a health panel at my church here in Cambridge.  I thoroughly enjoyed talking about my topic of choice (food and nutrition) for two hours.  While there was a wide variety of questions that I addressed, a common theme focused on the feeding relationship between parents and children.  While […]