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Welcome to my blog!  You’ll find the latest nutrition news, healthy recipes, controversial topics, and food safety information all backed up by scientific research.  As a registered dietitian in the media, I have my finger on the pulse of the hottest nutrition topics and controversies which I cover on my blog. If there is a topic you would like to learn more about, just email me.

I am very proud of the content on my blog. Greatist recently named my blog one of “19 Awesome Resources to Help You Eat Better”, and Healthline awarded us a spot in the The Best Healthy Living Blogs for  4 years.  I know you will enjoy and learn from the information you find here. Your comments and insight are very important to me and my readers.

Happy, healthy reading!


Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin

July 22nd, 2011
Question: How much Vitamin D do I need?  Do you have to take a supplement or can you get the full dose from food?  Can you take too much? Answer: The newest recommendation for vitamin D is 600 IU (international units) per day. You don’t need to take a supplement to get enough vitamin D and getting too much from supplements is possible. Why We Need It
Vitamin D’s main job is to help the body absorb calcium, which helps build…

Top 10 Summer Foods

July 18th, 2011
Question: What are 10 essential foods that I should be eating this summer? Answer: There are plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables in season during the summer. Check out Toby’s top 10 choices, including some food sources of protein to keep you healthy for all of your favorite summer activities. #1: Spinach
Spinach is packed with antioxidant vitamins A, C, and E. It also contains vitamin K, folate, and calcium. Use…

Skip Breakfast? Never!

July 14th, 2011
Question: Is it okay to skip breakfast? If I do skip breakfast, will I have more calories to eat for the rest of the day?  Answer: No. You should try your best not to skip breakfast. It’s true that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Skipping breakfast and eating the calories you missed later in the day is not beneficial to your body. Why It’s Important
Consider this scenario:
  • 8 PM: Finish eating dinner

Packing a Safe Summer Picnic

July 6th, 2011
Question: I like to go on picnics during the summer. How do I make sure to keep my food safe? Answer: Picnics are a fun way to enjoy the summer weather and your favorite picnic foods. However, food bugs reproduce rapidly in warm weather and can cause illness. Being aware of the time food spends in warm weather can help keep food safe.  Time
Foods that need to be kept cold (or hot) have a specific window of time when they’re…

Brown vs. White: The Case of the Rices

July 5th, 2011
Question: Is Brown rice really better than white rice? Answer: When it comes to eating grains, whole grains are better than refined and browns are better than whites. Whole grains, like brown rice, are the healthier choice, but what’s the real difference?  The Physical Difference
A whole grain has three parts: the germ, bran, and endosperm. When all of these parts remain intact, the grain is considered whole. The…