No fad diets. No bogus nutrition advice. Real information based on science. A reputable source of reliable nutrition tips from a university trained registered dietitian. Enough is enough! Gluten-free, high-protein, low carb, Atkins, South Beach, Paleo, organic and the most recent and bizarre trend, the feeding tube diet. WHAT?! Knowing how to eat healthy and lose weight has become a major challenge. Not to mention who to listen to for sound advice. Er..umm…your personal trainer, without a four-year college degree in food and nutrition and 1000 hours of supervised practice is NOT the expert in healthy eating and weight loss. My apologies to all my personal trainer friends. Sorry guys, but you don’t hear me calling myself an exercise coach. So what does it take to become a dietitian? College classes include but are not limited to: Psychology, Nutrition Biochemistry, Nutrition at the Cellular Level, Medical Nutrition Therapy, Research in Food and Nutrition, Food Science, Experimental and Functional Foods, Applied Nutrition, Nutrition in the Life Cycle, Organic Chemistry,Inorganic Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Food Service Management, Microbiology All education and training must be accredited by the Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. After an extensive supervised practice program, you are eligible to sit for a rigid registration exam. Once you pass that exam, you get to call yourself a registered dietitian nutritionist. But, you don’t get to stop there. You have to keep up your study of dietetics by participating and reporting in 75 hours of approved continued education every five years, pay a fee for registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration annually and then to legally practice dietetics, you must also pay a biannual licensure fee for every state within which you intend to practice and report 30 hours of approved continued education to that state. There. I said it, or have written it rather. A speech I can never manage to recite to someone who asks me if I just tell my patients what to eat, or to the person who asks me if I just write menus or feels the need to report soggy sandwiches in the cafeteria to me. I can write menus and I can tell someone what to eat. But, mostly what I do in the hospital setting is help to manage diseases like high cholesterol, diverticulitis, congestive heart failure, diabetes and kidney disease. I can also help with food allergies and label reading. I recommend nurses and physicians on exact needs for patients who need tube feeding (not for wt loss) or for someone who has to get all of their nutrition through an IV. I can also help with custom weight loss plans. I can decipher between diet and food trends and evidence based information. I can analyze someone’s current diet and tell them what nutrients are missing and which need to be eliminated. I’m not extreme. I don’t think it’s realistic. Completely eliminating entire food groups for one is excruciating. Do you really want to give up all carbs? Uh, I don’t. Forget it!! I can tell you why that doesn’t work. Not only is it too severe for any normal person to follow but, it won’t produce more desirable results than a healthy diet which includes an proper amount of carbohydrate. I can explain that in more detail later. I wanted to start this blog to help clear up some confusion. If I can at least help ONE person to freely enjoy those gluten-filled chocolate chip cookies, I will feel as though I have a greater purpose in this world! I use to comment that eating smartly wasn’t rocket science, but the more erroneous posts and publications and subsequent followers I encountered, the more I realized that people need help! Everyone is looking for fast results and a simple plan that’s easy to stick to and requires minimal planning. Right? We do live in a fast-paced world. We’ve all tapped our fingers on the counter impatiently, wondering why our microwaves can’t nuke any faster. I can’t promise that eating healthy is thoughtless and requires no planning. My goal is to provide reputable education to my readers to eliminate useless restrictions and futile weight loss efforts. I want readers to pick and choose what works best for them. My wish is to help people decipher between fact and fad and begin making informed decisions about a healthier lifestyle.