While following a plant-based diet can have many benefits, you won't be a picture of good health if you're missing key nutrients. Plant-based eating can hinder your absorption of certain vitamins and minerals, and you may need to consume higher amounts of certain nutrients than someone who regularly eats meat. Don't worry, though! I'm here to help. I'm explaining the science on two nutrients to make sure you're covering your bases, and I'm even topping off the advice with something sweet.
All those diets that promise weight loss, bikini bodies, and better health? Your head might be spinning with all the options. But what really works and what doesn't? And which ones are safe? Diets like the Mediterranean diet have stood the test of time, but what newer eating styles like keto, intermittent fasting, and Whole30? And what about the carnivore diet and even WW, the new iteration of Weight Watchers?
With the start of 2019, you may be wondering what healthy food trends you should try this year. If there's one thing dietitians know, it's healthy food. And if there's one thing that dietitians who work in the media know, it's trending healthy food! Before you start buying all the new eats you see, find out what the experts say are the best bets to bring home from the store. Some of the hot new trends are expansions of what was hot in 2018, and some are brand new trends that stand on their own.
Like it or not, we're headed into a stressful time of year. No matter how awesome Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are (and they are awesome!), they can also create plenty of stress. You might be worried about hosting, what to eat during the holiday, or how to avoid gaining weight. Or maybe you're feeling social or financial stress. Whatever type of stress you're feeling, it's not good for you. After all, stress takes a toll on more than just your mental well being.
As a dietitian, I get asked about carbs and gluten all the time! Both my sister and boyfriend eat gluten-free diets, so setting the record straight about gluten-free diet myths and facts is of uber importance to me. You might be really surprised at some of the myth busting we're doing here today! I've also been trying my hand at gluten-free baking lately and let me tell you, it can be tricky. Gluten-free flour is a whole different animal!
Worry you won't feel satisfied without chicken, beef, or seafood on your plate? Even though plant-based foods are often packed with health benefits, many people still feel hesitant about going meatless. With a little planning, though, you can create simple, vegetarian meals that are every bit as filling and delicious as meat-centered ones. I'm speaking from experience, as I've been a vegetarian for more than half my life! I like to include protein-rich ingredients like beans and Greek yogurt.
Trying to lose weight in 2018? Trust me—another starvation diet is not the answer. I like to prepare high-protein meals and snacks that help me feel energized and satisfied all day long. Ready to get healthy without going hungry?
With healthy eating top of mind, January is the perfect time to shake up your meal-prep routine. Personally, I'm all about adding floral flavors and portable, high-protein snacks! Which good-for-you trends will you be adding to your list in 2018?
Wondering what the secrets are to fighting belly fat? Simple lifestyle changes, like making breakfast and including more veggies, can help you lose weight everywhere—including your belly. There are also some star foods that may specifically help target belly fat. Want to read about some of my favorites?