Posts Tagged ‘nutritionist’

Is Pasta Evil?

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I recently got an email from Barilla that included some summery pasta recipes created by their nutritionist Andrea Holwegner. I’ve been avoiding pasta lately and it seems like everyone I know is as well. I haven’t been avoiding it for any factual reasons though, just this sort of rumour cloud that if I eat a single noodle I’ll become obese. I decided to interview Holwegner and get some straight facts from a nutritionist about pasta. Admittedly, she’s in the employ of a pasta maker, but Barilla is the number one store bought pasta in Italy and pasta has been around for a long long time, so let’s give her a chance and see what she has to say. Continue »

Health Benefits of Eating Local

A guest post by Nan Gibbons

Gibbons is a licensed nutritionist and personal trainer who owns her own business in San Diego, California. She divides her time between training with clients and taking care of her three year old son, Reid – both great ways as well as reasons to stay in shape! Find her on Twitter: @healthnut2011 or read her contributions to





I recently read Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future by Bill McKibben; the author spoke at my college during my senior year, but it took me until now to read his “hopeful manifesto.”  In the second chapter of his book, he outlines an experiment he conducted, in which he only ate locally-grown food for a year.  During this year, he chronicles stocking up at his local farmer’s market, finding local farmers and CSA (community-supported agriculture) farms, and his yearning for oats (until he cheated by crossing the Vermont-Canadian border and buying some at a Canadian farm).

All of this got me thinking about my own diet, and that of my son.  I am in-between health insurance plans at the moment, which makes being health-conscious extremely important.  Continue »