To Weigh or Not to Weigh

My friend Brooke called me the other day to catch up. I hadn’t seen her for a few weeks, and she was telling me how she had been traveling for work and had just come back from vacation with her family. She said she had been eating and drinking the whole time and was ready…

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Bad Taste

When I got my first real job out of college, I lived in Atlanta with one of my best friends. We would slave away all week (at least we thought we did) and then blow it out on Friday night. So a greasy fast-food breakfast on Saturday morning – usually a bacon-egg-and-cheese biscuit with hash…

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If It Feels Good, Do It

In our culture, we celebrate success. And success means doing whatever it takes to get results. So we celebrate people who push themselves, who constantly strive to achieve, who work hard to beat their competitors. We celebrate people who work around the clock, who don’t sleep, who force themselves to keep going. We celebrate people…

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Good Dietitian, Bad Dietitian

Back in 2003, I was in the middle of my dietetic internship, which consisted of a year-long series of rotations at various clinical settings to learn how to be a hands-on dietitian. One of those rotations was at an upscale bariatric surgery clinic in Atlanta. People who came to the clinic all wanted to lose…

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It’s All About the Why

Why do you want to lose weight? Is it to fit into your skinny jeans or because you want to feel lighter? Why are you trying to quit eating French fries? Is it to cut carbs or because fried food makes you feel like crap? Why are you doing cardio three times a week? To…

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Bigger Is Better

Around the time I decided to quit dieting and trying to lose weight, I signed up for a nutrition class at Georgia State University in Atlanta. Two days a week, I left work, drove downtown, and sat in a classroom with a bunch of 20-somethings and learned about the science of nutrients and how food…

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Drinking and Eating

It’s the holidays . . . time to eat, drink, and be merry! I used to totally blow it out during the holidays. What about you? Most of us eat too much, drink too much, and let it all hang out because it’s “that time of year.” But eating, drinking, and being merry — all…

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The Lens of Failure

The other day, my daughters brought home a lottery ticket that their dad had bought them and excitedly told me to scratch the silver off to see what we’d won. Because they asked me to and were excited about it, I obliged. But I knew, of course, that there would be nothing to find. I…

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The 3 You Need

One of the biggest reasons we fail at losing weight is that we don’t set ourselves up for success. Actually, in most cases, we insert obstacles in our path . . . without knowing that we’re doing it. And because these barriers are invisible, we blame ourselves for the failure. These repeated failures make us…

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