How to Protect Your Kids From the Diet Culture

The question below was submitted through my “Let’s Talk About It” form, with permission to share. I asked a fellow registered dietitian, Emily Fonnesbeck, to lend her intuitive eating and parenting expertise. She speaks from experience in helping to stop the diet culture with her kids, and her work. You can find more of her writing and nutrition advice on

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Q: “As the daughter of an anorexic mother and a father who was perpetually trying to lose weight, I’ve spent a lot of my life trying to develop positive relationships with food but basically starting from…

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Back to the Marathon Base: Build it together

I got into Marine Corps Marathon again! If I’m lucky enough to make it to race day healthy and well-trained, it will be my 5th. After this, I’m in the Runners Club. I care way more about this club’s perks than any airline status. (But my short-lived Silver on Virgin was pretty nice.)

If my forever-run-buddy Kate is reading this, she’s shaking her head and waving her index finger. I can hear her reminding me of what I said to her at mile 20 last year. I can hear myself! “DO NOT LET ME SIGN UP FOR ANOTHER MARATHON. MAYBE…

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Real Entrepreneur Talk: Day in the Private Practice Life, Quarter One

I’m still not confident in filing my quarterly taxes, but it will happen soon because it has to. In other news: It has been three whole months since I kicked off this private practice! Whoa.

I come to the same coffee shop every day. I’m finally learning names of the people who pour me an iced coffee every morning (no room for cream). I get here around the same time, which has conditioned the pup to collapse onto the rug and tell me it’s NAP TIME every morning around 7:50 AM. I see some of the same people…

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Real Talk: Why I’m Proud To Be a Dietitian (Now)

I haven’t always felt proud to be a dietitian. In my short eight years as a registered dietitian (RD), a few were heavy with the question, “Is this right for me?” I have taken breaks from blogging about nutrition. I have taken jobs that had little to do with nutrition. I have taken any opportunity to steer clear of conversations about “what I do.” I haven’t been a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics since 2011.

Real talk: I needed a break from the profession as it was, for me.

I needed a break from overanalyzing nutrition information to recover…

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Something Short and (Artificially) Sweet

They are calorie-free and super-sweet. The jury is out on their long-term health risks. Some people can’t get enough of them. Some people can’t stand them. Some people can’t tell the difference. (🤔 )

I’ve had multiple conversations about artificial sweeteners recently.

Are they “bad” for you? That depends on who you are. Are they nutritious? Not even a little bit. Are they worse than “real” sugar? Answering that question implies we’re ranking foods from good to bad, and bad to worst. Let’s not. In my opinion, there’s not much to debate here, so we’ll keep this short and sweet.

Artificial sweeteners don’t pull…

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