Well the holidays are here, and the healthy holiday tips are flying. Dietitians are busy helping people sort their way through tantalizing and tempting treats at holiday parties, gifts of fudge and peanut brittle, and finding ways to exercise on those cold winter days. After an interview on healthy holiday eating I gave last week, I was harassed by a friend for giving Grinch-like advice regarding portion sizes and caloric information regarding Holiday eggnog. I hope you don’t mind if I vent a couple calories off my shoulders…To be honest, dietitians don’t enjoy being the Grinch that stole Santa’s cookies. Imagine walking through the grocery store and running into one of your weight-loss clients who eyes your cart up and down searching for a pint of Ben & Jerry’s or spray cheese…OR eating out on a Friday night with a friend who asks me how many calories I think are in my margarita. Part of my nutrition philosophy embraces the American Dietetic Association’s total diet approach which states that “all foods can fit.” In addition, I enjoy educating individuals on what they should add INTO their diets, instead of avoid. However, it is understandable that people are searching for ways to maintain a healthy weight during this challenging time of the year, and I do enjoy imparting my knowledge on ways to help them avoid a more difficult New Year’s Resolution! Just remember, dietitians love food as much as everyone else. In fact, I am looking forward to our Nutrition and Dietetics holiday party this evening. I won’t divulge the location though; I want to eat my second plate of food with no judging eyes. 🙂

Jennifer McDaniel

Jennifer McDaniel is a Registered Dietitian, Media Spokesperson, and co-author of Prevention's Mediterranean Table Cookbook. She and her team of Registered Dietitians aim to help their clients go further, make change last, and unlock their potential. She lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband, and three young sons. If you are interested in working with Jennifer, please visit our contact page.