Allowing Imperfect Perfection

Serious real talk alert. This post is a long one and an open/more personal one. This past weekend, a friend asked me if everything was going as good as it seems on Instagram with the little babe. I instantly felt a bit of guilt for potentially showing so much good that I seem like one of those people trying to only show perfection on social media. This virtual world is proven to make people feel bad about themselves and I want to do the opposite with my online presence. The reality is I just don’t have as much time in general to share on the channel as I used to as I navigate new-Mom-hood, and when Cooperman is being fussy it doesn’t even cross my mind to snap a pic or take a video. Continue reading

Single Serve Fast Food Power Bowl

As a new Mom, I understand the “I don’t have time” excuse more than ever. Still, if I don’t make time, I’ll be left deprived of energy both physically and mentally, so I prioritize having nourishing staple meal ingredients ready to go, just like I always have. Then those ingredients can be transformed into a satisfying meal at anytime. Everyone needs fast, easy, delicious meals, so this is just the first of new power bowlI’ll be regularly posting.

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Let’s Get Real: NEDAwareness 2018


If you follow along with my blog, are a recent student of mine, or have attended any of my seminars, you know I have developed a strong intuitive eating philosophy. It’s not only to treat eating disorders or disordered eating in the athletes and active individuals I work with, but also to prevent these problems, improve physical and mental health, and help people recognize there is so much more to life than comparing their body to others (or their former selves).

In January, I gave a talk at the Newtown Athletic Club titled “Breaking up With Dieting”. I was excited by the number of people who attended, but more so by the interaction during the talk and the feedback I received afterwards about how enlightening it was. Continue reading

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

One dish that I absolutely love, but never make enough is stuffed peppers. There are so many ways to prepare them with a variety of filling options, however the task often seems to great. While I’ve found a hack to speed up the process, it really isn’t rocket science and I often wonder why recipes I used in the past didn’t suggest this trick!

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Pomegranate Ginger Sports Drink

Disclosure: I received free samples of POM Wonderful mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by POM Wonderful and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Alright readers, it’s pomegranate week! This afternoon while I was in the kitchen perfecting a delicious recipe that will be up later in the week, this one just came to me.

I also realized I had to post it right away because

  1. it’s SO unbelievably easy
  2. as a sports dietitian I somehow don’t have a sports drink recipe on this blog
  3. pomegranate juice has been getting me through “long workouts” the past few weeks

Homemade Pomegranate Sports Drink

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Intuitive Eating: A Respectful Lifestyle Part I

While I felt I adopted a non-diet philosophy during my dietetic internship and graduate school, due to seeing so much disordered eating as I worked with University at Buffalo athletes, my journey to this concept of “intuitive eating” came several years later. As discussed with Heather on her podcast, intuitive eating isn’t something covered in a dietetics undergrad program or our mandated internship {or wasn’t 10+ years ago}. And it definitely isn’t covered on our certification exam! Until I was working with a client who had previously been in a treatment facility for an eating disorder, the term “intuitive eating” wasn’t in my vocabulary. After she mentioned it, I got the book and read it in a couple of days, wishing I’d known how to pull these philosophies together in my practice so much sooner. Continue reading

Don’t Diet This January {What to do Instead}

Why You Don’t Want to Go on a Diet

Very simply, diets don’t work.

To be more specific, over 90% of people who go on a diet wind up gaining all of the weight they lose back. Roughly 2/3 of them wind up weighing more than they did in the first place. Why? Well, diets aren’t lifestyle changes. They are restrictive and put your body in a state of mental and physical stress. They hurt your metabolism. They compromise your mood. They reduce your nutrient intake. They suck the fun out of your social life.

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Here’s a list of more reasons not to diet: Continue reading