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Registered dietitian nutritionist Jennifer Neily has a healthy appetite to provide sound, science-based advice through blogging and video logging.

Jennifer hopes to share her knowledge and love for healthy nutrition with everyone who is seeking to improve themselves. As an expert in the field with rich experience and education, she provides priceless information that you can use every day.

Check the blog often for new updates!

Keto Hoax and Shark Tank

My mom sent a link the other day with the message: “Okay, my personal researcher. Ellie’s sister sent me this. Your thoughts?”

I’m glad I’m her ‘go-to’ person for all thing’s nutrition.

Years ago mom sent an email almost every week. An acquaintance would forward her something with the message, “I wonder if your daughter knows about this. She is studying nutrition, right?” or “Monet, if your daughter doesn’t know about this, she should.”

Sure, I was in grad school and learning but enjoyed investigating. Mom’s emails decreased over time because she got smart and did some researching on her own.

So, her recent inquiry caught me off guard. Continue reading

Being an Advocate for Nutrition When Nutrition Is Confusing

My intern Alli and my Great Dane office mates – my boy Lex and foster Ozzy Pawsborn.

I have the pleasure of working as a preceptor for dietetic internship programs. Allison Hinze worked with me (and my 4-legged office mates) in my practice and wrote a post about her journey to become a nutrition professional. Enjoy! -Neily

 

Everyone eats, but is everyone a nutrition expert? It’s easy to think so. Individuals, professionals, non-professionals and the like share their opinions on nutrition and food daily.

Food is a large part of life and we value sharing our personal knowledge. In a world where we can share information with the click of a button reaching hundreds, if not thousands, of people, we’re saturated with health claims—some good, some not so good. Continue reading

If Avocados are Fruit, is Guacamole a Smoothie?

Once shunned due to its high fat content, the avocado is now an *it* food and for good reason. Packed with nearly 20 vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients, avocados are a nutrient-rich food.

One-third of an average size avocado has about 80 calories and is sodium and cholesterol free. Over 80 percent of the fats in avocados are monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats giving a boost to the heart. Continue reading

Coconut Oil Confusion: When to eat it…when to avoid

Coconut oil like all oils (olive, sunflower, walnut, canola, etc.) has about 120 calories per tablespoon. It is a fat that's solid at room temperature, made popular by marketing and unwarranted comparisons to MCT oil. It's a highly saturated fat and when planned in an otherwise heart-healthy diet, okay for some but not for everyone. Keep your total saturated fat intake for the day (all food sources combined) to less than 10 percent of total calories (or about 20 grams per day). Enjoy coconut oil in moderation, so long as you don’t go coco-nutty with its use. Continue reading

YOU are enough! Ditch the diet

The New Year is here and with it the onslaught of resolutions. “This year will be the year when…” Fill in the blank: “I lose weight.” “I start exercising.” Yada. Yada. Yada.

Thousands of advertising messages will prey upon people’s insecurities with digitally enhanced photos of bodies no one IRL (in real life) has. A body you could have—if only.

Who’s to say you are not enough just as you are? You are enough! Continue reading

The Dunning-Kruger Effect (I used to know everything!)

I have a confession. I used to know everything about nutrition. I was an expert. See, I was a chubby kid—not obese—but carrying enough extra weight where I was teased and picked last for teams in gym class.

The summer before ninth grade I lost weight and although my weight yo-yoed over the years, I never lost my fascination with nutrition. I devoured every article on nutrition, read books, had subscriptions to every health magazine, and jumped on every trend or fad that happened along.

I listened to so-called experts and parroted their words. My ‘education’ made me super smart knowing more than the average person, always willing to pipe up with the latest I learned—whether welcome or not. I became the go-to person for all thing’s nutrition.

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Why I Won’t Be Recommending the Ketogenic Diet

People seek an arbitrary number on the scale. Why? Where is the branded number on foreheads? Do people know (or care) how much you weigh? No. People notice:

  • How you carry yourself.
  • How you rock the clothes you wear.
  • Your energy, vitality, confidence.

Yet it doesn’t stop people from trying (to lose weight).

Atkins, Paleo, and now the ketogenic diet. Did you do it? You lost weight, right? Quickly?

Exciting. Enticing. And oh so exhilarating.

Bev jumped on the scale Monday morning ready for day one of her keto diet. Today is a new day—this diet is going to work and it did, for a moment. She embraced keto and within a week dropped 8 pounds. Thrilled yes? Yet what did she lose?  Continue reading

Making Sense of Nutrition News, Part II

I’ve been adjunct (part-time) faculty over 20 years and have the unique perspective of hearing what my students know and understand about nutrition as they learn key concepts. Early on in my teaching career (pre-internet), I assigned students a project requiring them to summarize a nutrition-related current event from a newspaper or magazine. They presented their summary in class and we deciphered reliability, learning what’s credible and what’s questionable.

As the internet evolved and became the go-to place for information, our learning advanced to a virtual platform including discussion boards. A favorite discussion board topic was (and is) answering this question: Why is nutrition so confusing? Continue reading

Making Sense of Nutrition News, Part I

Are you confused about nutrition? If so, I’m not surprised considering the plethora of marketing, advertising, and hype driving our food choices, especially on the internet. To make it even more confusing, you can find snippets of nutrition news, sometimes contradictory across media, even among the most credible sources.

Think about all the conflicting articles on coffee and wine for example. A study in the Journal of Health Communication found this makes people trust recommendations less, even nutrition recommendations that are less controversial.

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