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Reflections First, Resolutions Second

Reflections First, Resolutions Second

Dear fellow survivors of 2018,  *Insert catch-all statement about how I can’t believe yet another year has come and gone here* **Insert a few paragraphs here about new years resolutions, eating “healthier,” exercising more regularly & setting sustainable goals** Whew! Now that all of those things […]

The Truth about “Guilt Free” Holidays

The Truth about “Guilt Free” Holidays

Dearest Holiday Hopefuls, I’m writing to you from a crowded coffee shop in Arlington, Virginia. I’m sitting across from my strikingly handsome boyfriend whose nose is buried, rather literally, in a book filled with words far beyond my nutrition-brained realm of understanding. All I know […]

Live By Example…Not By Diet Culture

Live By Example…Not By Diet Culture

Dear example setters, I’ve learned many lessons in my 23 years of life, and this post is going to cover two of them. In lesson #2 lies the message I hope teach through the collection of words to follow. In lesson #1 lies the story […]

How To Open A Door

How To Open A Door

Dearest door openers,  I’m writing to you from my favorite local coffee shop early on a Monday morning. Since arriving about 20 minutes ago, I’ve just about reached my daily coffee limit (which, if you’re wondering is approximately half of a single cup) and have […]

Boosting Flu Season Immunity: 4 Must-Have Nutrients

Boosting Flu Season Immunity: 4 Must-Have Nutrients

Dear immune builders,  In case you haven’t noticed, we’re approaching two monumentous occasions on the calendar year–1) Sweater szn (that’s hip slang for “season,” in case you were wondering), and 2) Flu szn. Although they present in tandem, you’re probably wondering how you can maximize […]

The Nutrition Answer You Need (But No One Tells You About..)

The Nutrition Answer You Need (But No One Tells You About..)

Dear answer seekers,  I’m simply going to cut to the chase with this one–because there’s a very important point that needs to be made when it comes to completing your personal puzzle of good health, balanced nutrition, and long-term happiness. If you’re looking to make a change […]

3 Steps to Fall into Self-Care

3 Steps to Fall into Self-Care

Dearest fall fanatic,  Yes, I’m talking to YOU–and also me because let’s be honest, there’s nothing that makes me more excited than the thought of crisp air, apple picking, and the sound of leaves crunching under my feet as I make my way from the […]

Rock Me Mama Like A….What??

Rock Me Mama Like A….What??

Dearest Wagon Wheelers, Before you get too carried away, I’ll go ahead and tell you that I’m not here to provide an analysis of everyone’s favorite Old Crow Medicine tune (although, if you’d like to pause briefly to give it a listen & get it […]

The Secret Craving Cure

The Secret Craving Cure

Dearest Craving Curers,  Or maybe Seekers of Craving Cures would be a more appropriate address if you curiously navigated your way to this post. Something that comes up a lot in a large majority of my discussions with others (whether personal or professional) surrounding food is cravings.  “I can’t ever […]

What Happens in Vegas…

What Happens in Vegas…

Dearest Velcro Lovers,  I’d venture to guess you subconsciously filled in the remainder of the title with “..stays in Vegas.” before the whole post could even fully load. Am I right…or am I right? Much to your (possible) dismay, that’s not actually where I was headed with […]

Please…No Shoes in the House

Please…No Shoes in the House

My Dearest Sole-mates,  Could I really pass up the opportunity to welcome you with an oh-so-fitting shoe pun? Definitely knot. I had to put my best foot forward and keep you on your toes. But…now that I’ve run the puns out of my system, I […]

Old Me, Who’s This?

Old Me, Who’s This?

Dear Old People,  Okay 1) Don’t be offended. Keep reading. and 2) I mean this not in a “wise, gray hair” type of old, but simply the kind of old that indicates you’re a little bit different today than you were a year ago, a […]

The Turtle Theory

The Turtle Theory

Dearest growth seekers,  Let’s talk about turtles. Odd topic for a dietitian, I know–but humor me here. I like to do weird things (as you well know if you’ve been following my journey for more than like 5 seconds). In all honesty, you could probably […]

The One With All The 4’s

The One With All The 4’s

Dearest Freedom Frolickers,  In case you haven’t had the chance to look at a calendar recently, I’ll let you in on a little secret: it’s already JULY. How did that happen? Not really sure–they say it’s because of this undeniable thing called “time,” but I […]

Same Book, New Chapter.

Same Book, New Chapter.

Dearest transitional life stagers,  Today, I come to you bearing the same handful of words with which I addressed you when I published my first ever blog post. I chose to title that post Thriving in New Places , as I had just turned the page of my very […]

5 Tips for a Happy, Healthy Summer

5 Tips for a Happy, Healthy Summer

Dearest Sunshine Seekers, Or should I say..Vitamin D devotees? Yeah, maybe that’s more fitting in the context of this corner of the internet. I’m sitting down to write to you after a stellar, sunshine-filled week of family vacation at the beach. Needless to say, I’ve […]

5 Steps to Becoming an RD

5 Steps to Becoming an RD

Dearest future RD’s, About a week ago, I was one of you. Now, as weird as it may seem, I crossed the finish line of my #RD2be path and stepped (okay, leaped joyously because *let’s be real* I couldn’t contain my excitement) into the beginning […]

Food is *more than* Fuel: Here’s Why

Food is *more than* Fuel: Here’s Why

Dearest eaters,  A few days ago, I stopped for a cup of coffee on my way home from work. It was the first day (in like *ever*) that Ohio reached temperatures above freezing–the sun was shining, I had a belly full of PB&J, and an […]

Table for One, Please.

Table for One, Please.

Dearest restaurant dwellers,  I’d like to embark upon this post with a theoretical conversation between you and I: Me: “What would you do if I told you that I’ve recently discovered a new favorite tradition of mine?”  You: “Sure, Claire–you’re pretty strange so this ought […]

Letting Go to Gain

Letting Go to Gain

Dearest friends with superior grip strength,  First, know that I’m using this address rather figuratively. Sure, having literal superior grip strength is an admirable quality and may even set you on the path to stardom on American Ninja Warrior. I’ve always found that show to be incredibly […]