Life in Balance: What’s the deal with the “Dirty Dozen”?

Should You Be Eating Organic? (A Seat at the Table)

Last month the Environmental Working Group released their Dirty Dozen list for 2019. This list, in theory, reports the produce that is “highest” in pesticide residue and informs consumers of the top foods that they should buy organic. This list causes a lot of fear and anxiety around food. The bottom line is that eatingRead more

Life in Balance: Becoming a Registered Dietitian

If you’ve been following along for a while, you’re likely aware that I’ve been taking classes for the past several years on my way to becoming a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.  Next month I’ll graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from the University of Maryland.  Alas, the journey doesn’t end there.  Last week I justRead more

Non-Alcoholic Cocktails

Pineapple Coconut Mocktail (A Seat at the Table)

This semester I’ve been taking a Food Service class and learning more of the ins and outs of working in an industrial kitchen.  As one of our projects we had to design a nutritional intervention for an at-risk group and create an instructional video.  Since we’re about to enter the holiday season, I thought aRead more

Life In Balance: Fed Up

March is National Nutrition Month, and I’ve got a great film suggestion to help you celebrate!  Fed Up is a fantastic documentary taking a closer look at childhood obesity and the role of government and the food industry.  “Calories in, calories out” is the oft quoted dietary advice for losing weight, but this film challenges that premiseRead more

Life in Balance: Goal Tracking

Life in Balance: Goal Tracking (A Seat at the Table)

In February, Boyfriend and I did a challenge to eat at least 3 cups of vegetables a day.  I’ve continued to track it since then, and I’m definitely more mindful of how many vegetables I eat.  Tracking habits can be a helpful way to determine your current level and give you a baseline to create future goals. Last monthRead more

Life in Balance: How to Plan a Workout Routine

Life in Balance: How to Plan a Workout Routine (A Seat at the Table)

Starting (or re-starting) a health and fitness routine can be challenging.  Regardless of whether you’re beginning your journey with a lot of enthusiasm and motivation, or if you’re feeling resigned and frustrated, the most important thing is to be practical in your planning.  You’re probably not going to be able to sustain going from zeroRead more

Life in Balance: How to Incorporate More Activity in Your Daily Life

Life In Balance More Activity (A Seat at the Table)

You’ve probably heard the headlines about sitting being the new smoking.  And spending an hour at the gym everyday isn’t enough to counteract all the sitting.  So I’ve been trying to think of ways to be more active throughout the day.  Being a student, blogger, and office manager give me quite a few reasons toRead more