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Sharing my concussion story, what life has been like lately with post-concussive syndrome, and my musings on healing and recovery.These past six weeks have been excruciatingly hard and in some ways they have also been strangely beautiful.

The Incident

In case you didn’t know, six weeks ago I was in an accident. Steve and I had just finished a dinner date night out (after not being home together for three weeks, we had lots of catching-up to do). After dinner, we decided to walk across the street to another restaurant where our friend recently started a new job – we thought we’d pop over to say a quick hello while he was working. As we crossed the street, my eyes were set on the restaurant where he works and so my gaze was to the right. Little did I know that to my left, a pick-up truck was making a...

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Now that summer’s in full swing, I’m aaallll about the no-bake dessert. Easy. Cool. And no oven required. What’s not to love?! Perfect to eat around the pool, share at a backyard cookout, or enjoy at any summer gathering (hellooo 4th of July!), these 45 Best No-Bake Desserts are the perfect summertime sweets!Vegan Gluten-Free Black Forest Trifle via The Foodie DietitianGrilled Apricots with Honey Whipped Cream via Your Choice Nutrition

No-Bake Blueberry Custard Pie via Fannetastic Food

Mini Berry S’mores Sundaes via My Cape Cod KitchenNo-Bake Blueberry Lemon Ice Cream Pie with Coconut Walnut Crust via Spicy RD Nutrition

Sweet Potato Cookie Dough Dip via Bucket List Tummy

No-Bake Coconut Avocado Lime Tartlets via Marisa Moore NutritionPaloma Popsicles via The Nutrition Adventure

No-Bake Greek Yogurt Peanut Butter Pie via Beautiful Eats and Things

Chai Tea Latte Popsicles via The Foodie DietitianChocolate Coconut Cream Pudding via Bucket List Tummy

Nut-Free Edible...

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Hey, friends! As I continue to recover from my concussion, my intern Dana is popping on the blog to share a post about how to experience more food satisfaction. Satisfaction is such an important piece of intuitive eating and something that often goes by the wayside with dieting. 

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Somewhere along the way, food gained a reputation as being primarily fuel. And while we certainly need all kinds of food to give us energy and keep us feeling our best, food is far from being simply fuel. Food connects us to our cultures and our families. Food helps us celebrate life’s big occasions. Food is delicious, pleasurable and satisfying…or at least it should be.If you listen to popular opinion (aka diet culture) you’d likely think the only foods that are acceptable to fill your plate with are ones that are beneficial to your physical health. Ones that provide certain amounts...

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The perfect weeknight dinner, this Three Cheese Tortellini with Pesto Shrimp and Asparagus comes together in less than 30 minutes.This post is sponsored by Nestlé’s Balance Your Plate program and Buitoni. Thanks for supporting the brands that make TFD possible and as always, opinions are my own!

Pasta has unfortunately gotten a bad rep over the years. Blame it on the Atkins Diet of the 90’s or the Keto or Whole 30 diets of 2018, or blame it on the current obsession with demonizing gluten. Any way you shake it, people are afraid to eat pasta.

And I get it. It’s so easy to get carried away by sensationalized media headlines telling you that this one food is the reason behind your weight gain or your health woes. And it’s so easy to fall prey to the promises that diets like Whole 30 and Keto dangle before our eyes.But...

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Peppery and oh, so cheesy, this spring vegetable cacio e pepe is the perfect springtime comfort food. Oh, what a longggggg weekend I had. And I mean that in the worst sense of long. lol

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my Stories and know about the accident I was in last Friday night. For those of you who don’t, let me quickly fill you in. I was hit by the driver’s side mirror of a big pick-up truck while crossing the street. The truck was making a sharp turn and didn’t see Steve or I crossing the street (and we didn’t see them coming either) and BAM. My head was whacked by the truck’s mirror. I was basically in a state of shock the rest of the night and vacillated between hysterical laughter (omg did that really just happen?) and ugly crying...

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Flowers are pretty, but they’re not just for the garden! In fact, floral flavors are one of the top food trends sweeping the nation this year. Bring floral flavors into your kitchen this spring + summer with one of these fun recipes!The Best Lavender Granola via The Foodie DietitianHealthy Berry Lemonade with Lavender via One Hungry Bunny

Wild Blueberry Lemon Nice Cream with Edible Flowers via Amy Gorin NutritionWild Blueberry & Rose Water Smoothie via Tasty Balance Nutrition

Gluten-Free Lavender Lemon Bars via Lively TableLavender & Basil Summer Fruit Salad via The Nutrition Adventure

Blackberry Lilac Mojito via Half Baked Harvest

Wild Blueberry & Lavender Smoothie via Emily Kyle Nutrition

Mini Vegan Chocolate Hibiscus Cake via The Almond EaterLavender Honey Glazed Healthy Apple Muffins via One Hungry Bunny

Cozy Lavender Almondmilk Latte via The Foodie DietitianBlueberry Lavender Sangria via Lively Table

Herb & Flower Yogurt Spread via LiveBestLavender Honey Lemonade...

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It’s the most frequently asked question I get on the blog so I figured it’s about time I answered it in depth! Explaining why I don’t include the nutrition information for the recipes on my blog.One of the questions I get asked most often in the comments section on the blog is why don’t I provide the nutrition information for my recipes. I’ve even had some people question if I’m truly a dietitian because I don’t include the nutrition information. Here’s what I can assure you:

  • I am a registered dietitian nutritionist
  • I create damn good recipes that taste delicious
  • I’m most often keeping nutrition in mind when I develop recipes
  • When you visit my blog, you will never feel an ounce of food guilt or shame due to some numbers.

If you’ve asked me this question before or thought about asking me it, this post is not...

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Hey friends! I’m still in Japan this week (back next week!) and so my other awesome intern, Dana, is taking the reigns here on the blog today. Dana is an amazing new RD (woot, woot!) who is passionate about intuitive eating and Health At Every Size. She’s also just an overall lovely human being and I think you’re gonna love getting to know her today. Dana is brave enough to be sharing her personal story of her relationship with food and her body here today and I’m sure you’ll be able to relate to some pieces of her story. I hope today’s post reminds you that we’re all on our own journeys; no one has really reached “the destination.” We’re all works in progress. xo

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Hi everyone — my name is Dana! I’m a new RD, a lover of good food, yoga and a great book. I’ve been interning...

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Bursting with springtime berries and a kick of sweetly spiced ginger, these easy Whole Grain Triple Berry Ginger Scones  are perfect to share with Mom on Mother’s Day or would make a fabulous addition to any weekend brunch spread!Hellooo lovelies. I’m away in Japan this week and next for a business trip (and some extended pleasure too) so my two wonderful interns are going to be hopping on while I’m away. First, up we’ve got Jenni with her mouthwatering scone recipe. Jenni’s been helping me out behind the scenes at TFD since January and I’m excited to rip back the curtain and let her take the spotlight here! She’s passionate about culinary nutrition communications and intuitive eating and I think you’ll see that passion shine through in this post. I just adore her casual, friendly, down-to-earth writing style and I can’t wait to see this girl KICK IT as an...

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The topic of how to raise an intuitive eater seems to keep coming up these days so I’m sharing four tips today about how to raise an intuitive eater.This post is sponsored by (and photo credit to) Revolution Foods. Thanks for supporting the brands and organizations that make TFD possible! As always, opinions are my own.

I’ve been thinking more and more about this idea of raising an intuitive eater lately. I don’t know if it’s the fact that I recently chatted about my own personal experience with food growing up (spoiler alert: it was not intuitive) with Paige Smathers on her podcast Nutrition Matters. Or, if it’s the fact that more and more friends and colleagues my age are raising kids of their own and sharing their struggles. Or, if I’m starting to think about the type of eater I want to raise and how I want my kids...

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