Small steps: Really basic ways to add exercise to your day.

Originally written for The Washington Post, August 24th, 2016 There are many reasons that people avoid exercise. Time is an obvious one. Our lives are already busy — who has time to work out? Money is another common excuse. Gym memberships and equipment can get pricey. People often wonder what type of exercise they should … Read more →

What’s real and what’s myth when it comes to caffeine?

Originally written for The Washington Post, July 11th, 2016 It is often assumed that caffeine is not good for you. Many view it as a guilty pleasure, addicting, unnecessary and certainly not pro-health. There are so many questions around caffeine: Does it burn fat? Is it dehydrating? Will it improve my athletic performance? Will it prevent … Read more →

Yes, healthy habits can include alcohol

Originally written for the The Washington Post, May 2nd, 2016. I have learned a lot about people’s habits while working as a dietitian. What continues to amaze me is how easily things become a habit. Unfortunately, not all habits are healthy. There’s a new, hot “superfood” that becomes part of your breakfast for the next 10 … Read more →

4 mistakes people make when going gluten-free

Originally written for The Washington Post, February 2nd, 2017 Gluten-free foods have become commonplace in grocery stores, restaurants and cookbooks. For those who suffer from celiac disease, this is a huge win, because there are now so many options. And for those who feel extraordinary benefits from decreasing gluten because of non-celiac gluten sensitivity, inflammation … Read more →

‘Clean eating’ is a fuzzy term — and that’s why it works

Originally written for The Washington Post, January 10th, 2017 “Clean eating” is a phrase thrown around a lot in the health-and-wellness scene. I use it all the time. I like it because there’s no formal definition, and it’s not a one-size-fits-all plan. Let’s face it: There isn’t one perfect plan that will work for everyone, … Read more →