ABOUT THIS BLOG
I began this blog in 2009 to reassure fellow moms that it’s okay to not be perfect, not have all the answers, and have kids who prefer mac-n-cheese to mushroom risotto. I wanted to keep it real. I had read too much online that made feeding kids sound easy. But it’s not always easy. I wanted to be honest about that.
I called this blog Real Mom Nutrition because I’m grounded in reality. I’m not going to gloss over the hard stuff or pretend that it’s all simple and fun. I’m a real mom living a real life with a budget. Even though I’m a dietitian, I still struggle with a wicked sweet tooth and children who don’t always eat their vegetables. And sometimes, I still feel conflicted and confused about what to do.
Over the years, my blog has grown and my kids have phased out of diapers and tantrums. I’ve become passionate about things I hardly knew existed when I was a brand new mom, like snacks on the sidelines of youth sports. But one thing hasn’t changed. My goal is and always has been to share my triumphs (and tragedies) when it comes to feeding my kids and myself, to tell you what works for me (and what doesn’t), to admit my mistakes (and usually laugh about them)–and above all, to create a space where moms (and even a few dads) can feel understood and never judged.
I first became interested in nutrition after gaining the dreaded Freshman 15 in college and consulting with a dietitian, who taught me that that my diet of bagels, waffles, pizza, and pretzels was not the road to good health. After working as an editorial assistant in Self magazine’s nutrition department after graduation, I returned to school to become a dietitian and embarked on a career as a freelance writer. Several years, a wedding, a house purchase, a baby boy, and an awful lot of chemistry classes later, I finally became a registered dietitian and received my Master’s degree in dietetics from The Ohio State University.
As a dietitian, I’ve counseled clients in weight management, prenatal nutrition, and diabetes education and served as adjunct faculty at Ohio University Lancaster and Otterbein University. As a reporter and writer, I’ve been published in nearly 20 consumer magazines and newspapers, including Parents, Prevention, Self, Family Circle, Fitness, Shape, Health, Eating Well, Ladies’ Home Journal, and The Chicago Tribune. In 2014, I partnered with Cooking Light on a cookbook for busy families called Dinnertime Survival Guide.
When I’m not unloading the dishwasher or packing someone’s lunch, I also volunteer on the Wellness Committee at my children’s school.