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Hi, my name is Neily – today is a special day

Today is a special day—an anniversary I acknowledge every year, but not publicly. This is a first, a vulnerable moment.

Thirty years ago was my last drink. Yes, I was a mere child (smile), barely old enough to drink. I will never forget the day, the event, what I was doing, who I was with—at least most of it.

I was living in a wonderful near North high rise condo in my hometown Chicago, had a terrific job with the NCR Corporation, and had everything going for me, sort of. Continue reading

Nutrition is a science, not an opinion. Registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN)* – trusted nutrition expert

In addition to my nutrition coaching business, I love to teach and have been an adjunct professor teaching Principles of Nutrition since 1998. Because I encourage communication in the classroom, my students don’t hesitate to ask questions. I don’t always have the answers, but I’m committed to finding out what’s known and new in the field. For example, a while back a student asked about oil pulling. What? I had never heard of it. I thought she was joking when she explained what it was. Continue reading

Eat Out, Eat Well – The Guide to Eating Healthy in Any Restaurant – An Interview with Author Hope Warshaw

Greetings! We’re back for another Neily on Nutrition book series post together with Kristine James, featuring a book authored by my colleague Hope Warshaw, MMSc, RD, CDE, Eat Out, Eat Well – The Guide to Eating Healthy in Any Restaurant.

Hope has authored many books including Diabetes Meal Planning Made Easy, Complete Guide to Carb Counting: How to Take the Mystery Out of Carb Counting and Improve Your Blood Glucose Control, as well as a few books for her colleagues including Practical Carbohydrate Counting: A How-to-Teach Guide for Health Professionals. Continue reading

DASH Diet for Dummies® – an interview with the authors Rosanne Rust and Cindy Kleckner

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It’s time for another Neily on Nutrition book series post together with Kristine James, featuring a book co-authored by my colleagues Cindy Kleckner, RDN, LD, FAND and Rosanne Rust, MS, RDN, LDN—DASH Diet for Dummies.

Rosanne is co-author of several books in the John Wiley & Sons For Dummies® series, including DASH Diet for Dummies, Hypertension Cookbook for Dummies, Glycemic Index Cookbook For Dummies®, Calorie Counter Journal for Dummies®, and a chapter about Diet Quality and Sweeteners in the textbook Sucrose, Fructose, High Fructose Corn Syrup, and Health.

Cindy has co-authored What’s Cooking at the Cooper Clinic and contributed nutrition chapters for Dr. Kenneth H. Cooper’s Overcoming Hypertension, Preventing Osteoporosis, and The New Aerobics for Women. She also co-authored (with Rosanne) Hypertension Cookbook for Dummies and developed recipes for the second edition of the Gluten Free Cooking for Dummies®.

Here is Kristine’s interview! Continue reading

Nutrition is science. Get advice from professionals that studied the science—Registered Dietitian Nutritionists

March is National Nutrition Month

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 is National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day. Yes—we have our own day! I love being an RDN.

In 1998 I obtained the credential registered dietitian (RD). In 2013 the addition of nutritionist was formally added to it—registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). Our profession has the choice to use RD or RDN and I quickly adopted RDN because:

  1. Few people know what an RD is, unfortunately.
  2. People seem to have a better understanding of the word nutritionist. But do people realize in most states anyone can call themselves a nutritionist? No certification or credentialing required. None. Zero. Zip.
  3. All registered dietitians are nutritionists but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. Continue reading

Five Ingredients for Healthy Living with Chere Bork

Chere Bork is a registered dietitian nutritionist, Wellcoach® and Certified Law of Attraction Facilitator and 2014-15 Chair of Nutrition Entrepreneurs—a Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Chere helps make positive energy easy and has been a wonderful influence in both my life and business. We had the opportunity to sit and chat about her cookbook “Five Ingredients for Healthy Living.” Continue reading

Write before you bite – keeping a food journal

Years ago I had a client losing weight but hit a plateau. She was frustrated her weight loss had come to a halt. On several occasions I had asked her to keep track of her food so I could help identify where she might need to make modifications. She was very resistant to keeping a log—too busy, always forgot etc. At one appointment she said to me, “You know, I eat different when I write it down.”

I let that statement sink in for a moment and it didn’t take long for her to start laughing. She realized, that’s the point right? Indeed. It is. And eating different in a positive way. Continue reading

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