#87 Rebecca Behr, RDN

About Rebecca:

On this episode of Nutrition Genius Radio we are joined by Rebecca Behr, RD. Rebecca grew up in Troy, NY where she completed a BS in Nutrition Science at Russell Sage College and a Dietetic Internship at Keene State College in NH. After becoming an RD she worked in long-term care & rehab specializing in ALS and Huntington’s Disease. Following this Rebecca jumped on an opportunity to move west and work as a Food Service Manager at an Outdoor Education focused boarding school. She now lives in the high Rockies of CO at 10,200 ft! Rebecca shares her experience as a food service manager and how despite not being a “sexy” area of nutrition it is still full of challenges, excitement, and science.

Topics covered in this episode:

-Rebecca’s journey as a Nutrition Student and now RD

-School Nutrition + Events

– Backpacking/Hiking/Camping Nutrition

-Perfectionism and black and white thinking around food

-What the heck is zonulin?

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Laura’s Website: TheSassyDietitian.com
Marie’s Website: PearlsofNutrition.com

Show Notes:

Keene State Dietetic Internship

NOLS (Wilderness School)

Backcountry Nutrition

Melissa Hartwig Instagram post– We don’t all have the same 24 hours

“If your stress is not productive- then stop.”

Connect with Rebecca:

Instagram: @theplentifulpalate___

#86 Positive Psychology with Amy O’Sullivan

This week we veer a little off the nutrition path to bring you Amy O’Sullivan, a Positive Psychology Coach from Rochester, NY. Don’t worry, this topic still pertains to nutrition and body image and, bonus, will help you learn little steps to improve you overall well being in life. We know that knowledge does not always equate to behavior change so we brought on Amy to discuss how you can use the strengths you already have to capitalize on taking the steps necessary to help you feel mentally and physically better.

About Positive Psychology:
Founded by Marty Seligman in 1998. According to the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, Positive Psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. It provides researched practices, training and habitual patterns that have direct positive effect on overall well being. Positive psychology offers us the choice to question the thoughts that no longer serve us, enabling us to change the way we think by cultivating positive feelings. Unlike past therapeutic approaches, Positive Psychology places an emphasis on innate strengths and what is going right in one’s life, instead of focusing primarily on what is wrong, mental illness, or flaws. The field presents an opportunity to become the best version of yourself simply by changing your perspective.

About Amy:
Amy O’Sullivan is Certified in Applied Positive Psychology through the New York Open Center, a certification administered and based off of The University of Pennsylvania’s Master’s Program in Applied Positive Psychology. She received her Bachelors of Science degree with a double major in Psychology and Criminology from the University of Maryland, College Park. Amy was a scholarship athlete and captain for the University of Maryland Women’s nationally ranked soccer team. For the past four years, Amy has modeled in New York and overseas on a very competitive level. The two experiences have informed her interest in the study of Positive Psychology and the demand for mindset shifts in all arenas of life. Amy currently works with female athletes to align their thought processing to support performance, mental durability, and consistency. In addition, Amy works individually and at The Healing Connection, to introduce positive psychology concepts as a tool for eating disorders patients in recovery. As a certified yoga instructor, Amy interweaves the underlying principles with breathe and movement. Amy hopes to begin her Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology in the Fall of 2018 at the University of Pennsylvania.

Topics covered this episode:

-What is positive psychology

-How focusing on positivity helps improve hope

-Identifying character strengths and how to build on them

-What is “flow” and how can you get in it?

-How positive psychology differs from psychotherapy

-Positive psychology for improving athletic performance

-Breathing for relieving stress and balancing the nervous system

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Laura’s Website: TheSassyDietitian.com
Marie’s Website: PearlsofNutrition.com

Show Notes:

Via Character Strengths Test

Marty Seligman- Learned Optimism

Kristin Keff- Self Compassion 

Barbara Frederikson- Love 2.0

UPenn Positive Psychology

Cory Muscara

Connect with Amy:

amyosulliv@gmail.com

#85 Christy Adkins

Changing things up this week and bringing you a guest interview with a Registered Nurse as well as an elite athlete, who happens to be pregnant. We discuss all things health, fitness, nutrition, and pregnancy, to piggyback off of our episode with Lily Nichols, enjoy!

Christy Phillips Adkins started CrossFit in Summer of 2007 and started competing at the CrossFit Games in 2009. She has gone to the CrossFit Games 8 times. 7 times as an individual and 1 time on a team. She is a registered nurse and also has a degree in Exercise Physiology.
Currently, she works as a school nurse in the health center for a boarding school. She also coaches classes at CrossFit Reston and this Fall she just launched her online training program called Training United for CrossFitters looking to up their game with a well-rounded program. You can find it on Beyond the Whiteboard.com
This year, her goals have shifted from competition to start a family. She is currently 7 months pregnant. She, her husband and their yellow lab Bella are all very excited to meet Baby Adkins in May!

Topics covered this episode:

– Pregnancy & CrossFit (or fitness in general)

– CrossFit’s take on nutrition and your thoughts on it all (i.e. Zone vs. Macros vs. Quality vs. Intuitive Eating)

– Being a school nurse, what nutrition/fitness problems do you see? What can we do about it?

– The age of overtraining…I see a lot of overtraining in my clients….do you see this in the community as well?

– Is strong the new skinny a good message for girls? How do we empower others to be healthy & fit but not focus on body image only?

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Connect with us:

Laura’s Website: TheSassyDietitian.com
Marie’s Website: PearlsofNutrition.com

Show Notes:

Connect with Christy:

Train with Christy’s Program Training United

Instagram: @christyphillipsadkins

# 84 Lily Nichols, RDN, CDE, CLT

You may remember Lily Nichols from previous episodes of NGR and because she rocks and just came out with a kick-ass new book: Real Food for Pregnancy we brought her back on the show so she can school us more on how to eat to grow a happy and healthy fetus! (Okay, if we’re totally honest 25% of the reason we brought her back is so Pearl could say fetus over and over again.)

Lily Nichols is a Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, Certified Diabetes Educator, researcher, and author with a passion for evidence-based prenatal nutrition and exercise. Her bestselling book, Real Food for Gestational Diabetes (and online course of the same name), presents a revolutionary nutrient-dense, lower carb diet for managing gestational diabetes. Her unique approach has not only helped tens of thousands of women manage their gestational diabetes (most without the need for blood sugar-lowering medication), but has also influenced nutrition policies internationally.

Lily’s second book, Real Food for Pregnancy, outlines the problems with current prenatal nutrition guidelines and provides the evidence—930 citations and counting—that supports a real food diet to optimize maternal and fetal health.

Lily is also creator of the popular blog, www.PilatesNutritionist.com, which explores a variety of topics related to real food, mindful eating, and pregnancy nutrition.

Topics covered this episode:

-Why current pregnancy nutrition guidelines are outdated

-3 foods all pregnant women should be eating

-How to manage cravings, food perfectionism, and weight during pregnancy

-Pregnancy nutrition myths

-The 4th trimester

-Movement during pregnancy

-and more!

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You can learn more about Lily by visiting:

Website: Pilates Nutritionist

Instagram: @lilynicholsrdn

Twitter: @lilynicholsrdn

#83 Ashley Reaver, MS, RD, CSSD

Topics covered this episode:

This episode we are joined by guest Nutrition Genius Ashley Reaver.Ashley Reaver is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Sport Specialist in Dietetics, and Certified Personal Trainer living in Boston, MA. She received her Bachelors of Science in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University and her Masters degree in Nutrition Science in Policy from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

She completed her Dietetic Internship at California Polytechnic University, Pomona. After working as a food service dietitian for three years, Ashley changed courses to pursue a role as Lead Nutrition Scientist at a personalized health analytics company focusing on blood biomarkers.

Today, Ashley uses her skills in weight management, meal planning, and counseling in her private practice, where she encourages her clients to get in the kitchen and learn to love cooking. She enjoys cooking, gardening, travel, and triathlons.

You can learn more about Ashley on her meal planning and recipe blog, www.myweeklyeats.com, or find her on Instagram, @myweeklyeats.

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You can learn more about Ashley on her meal planning and recipe blog, www.myweeklyeats.com, or find her on Instagram, @myweeklyeats.

#82 Monica Salafia, MS, RD, CPT

 

Topics covered this episode:

This episode we are joined by guest Nutrition Genius Monica Salafa. Monica is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist & Group Fitness Instructor in Denver, Colorado. Before her dietetic internship was even over, she hurried out to one of the country’s most active cities so she could kickstart her dietetics career in the fitness industry, bringing Denver gym & fitness studio members credible nutrition information. She works as a full time health coach for an app and has a few side hustles including her private practice, freelance writing & TV work and is an ambassador for a few fitness brands.

We grill Monica on what vegetable she would be, the most important health/fitness things everyone should be doing right now and nutrition myths. Of course there is a healthy dose of laughs and more ranting about  What The Health.

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#81 Ketogenic Diet

Ketogenic Diet

Topics covered this episode:

-What the Ketogenic Diet is

-Why this style of eating has become popular

-Pros and cons of being in ketosis

-Should you try it?

Comments? Reviews? Criticism? Head over to iTunes or Stitcher if you like what you hear to leave us a 5 star review and you will be featured on the podcast!

Don’t forget to hashtag #AdventuresofSassyandPearl and #NutritionGeniusRadio while you are listening!

Connect with us:

Laura’s Website: TheSassyDietitian.com
Marie’s Website: PearlsofNutrition.com

Show Notes:

Misguided Medicine by Dr. Colin Champ
Social Shout Out: @myweeklyeats

#80 Who To Trust + Orthorexia

Who To Trust + Orthorexia

Topics covered this episode:

Who should you take nutrition advice from?

What to look for in a nutrition clinician

What Orthorexia is

Symptoms of Orthorexia

How to get help if you or someone you know is struggling with Orthorexia

 

Comments? Reviews? Criticism? Head over to iTunes or Stitcher if you like what you hear to leave us a 5 star review and you will be featured on the podcast!

Don’t forget to hashtag #AdventuresofSassyandPearl and #NutritionGeniusRadio while you are listening!

Connect with us:

Laura’s Website: TheSassyDietitian.com
Marie’s Website: PearlsofNutrition.com

Show Notes:

Asher Roth I Love College

#79 Holiday How To’s

Holiday How To’s

The Holidays are the best- plenty of time with loved ones, family traditions, and best of all the most delicious food of the year. Amazing, right? Until, the pants-unbuttoning, food-baby, post-meal stomach ache comes around. This holiday season does not have to end like this! Tune in to this month’s episode of Nutrition Genius Radio to see how you can stick to your nutrition goals and remain mindful through the holiday season.

Topics covered this episode:

The green zone on the hunger/fullness scale

Staying active during the holidays

Should you eat dessert?

Accountability around eating and activity

How to stop the out of control spiral

Comments? Reviews? Criticism? Head over to iTunes or Stitcher if you like what you hear to leave us a 5 star review and you will be featured on the podcast!

Don’t forget to hashtag #AdventuresofSassyandPearl and #NutritionGeniusRadio while you are listening!

Connect with us:

Laura’s Website: TheSassyDietitian.com
Marie’s Website: PearlsofNutrition.com

Show Notes:

Why Dieting Doesn’t Usually Work– Ted Talk

Jason Aldean- Back In This Cigarette (ps don’t smoke it’s bad for your health)

Berkeley Hunger/Satiety Scale

Canyon Bakehouse

Bread Srsly

Sassy’s White Cranberry Apple Sangria

Sassy’s Red Cinnamon Pear Sangria

Blake Shelton Sangria

High Rock Distillery

#78 Back for Realzzz Part 2

Hot Topics in Nutrition Continued

Team Nutrition Genius is back this week with a continuation of our comeback episode  to give you more info on some hot nutrition topics in the media and a lot of laughs along the way.

Topics covered this episode:

New happenings with the team

Our favorite book- Deep Nutrition by Dr. Cate Shanahan

Nutritional yeast- what is it, how is it made, and should you take it?

What foods are Sassy and Pearl digging these days?

[Tweet “Hot gas? That sounds like what comes out of my dog’s butt. ” -Sassy]

Comments? Reviews? Criticism? Head over to iTunes or Stitcher if you like what you hear to leave us a 5 star review and you will be featured on the podcast!

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Connect with us:

Laura’s Website: TheSassyDietitian.com
Marie’s Website: PearlsofNutrition.com

Show Notes:

Chimney Bluffs State Park

Designed to Fit Nutrition

Moms To Be Nutrition Class at Whole Foods Albany with Sassy 

Cookbook for Dogs (no promises on if these recipes are #pearlandsassyapproved)

The Real Food Dietitians

Deep Nutrition

Dr. Cate Shanahan

Weston A Price Foundation- info on nutritional yeast

Suggested brands for nutritional yeast: Bragg, Fronteir, Harmony House, Sari*

*please note this is not an extensive list of all good quality brands. Do your research on the product you are buying. Tips for what to look for are included in the show and in the document on the Weston A Price Foundation site linked above.

Coconut Rolls

Frozen Riced Cauliflower

Shout Out of the Week:

Girls Gone WOD Podcast