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Dietitian or Nutritionist – What’s the Difference & Who to Trust with Your Health

Dietitian or Nutritionist – What’s the Difference & Who to Trust with Your Health

Throughout my career I have been asked more times that I can count if am I a nutritionist. Is there a difference between a nutritionist and a dietitian? Who can I trust about nutrition, health, diets, supplements and my weight loss struggles? These are common questions from many people who have been inundated with media…

How do I calculate my heart rate so I know if I am getting all the benefits from my exercise program?

More people are becoming active and participating in a fitness program. In addition to eating a healthy diet without exceeding the number of calories you need each day, exercise will help you reach your health goals. Because many are doing exercise with a goal of weight loss or heart health, it is important to know…

Adults Need Healthy Lunch Boxes Too – Grown Up Choices to Keep Us On-the-Go!

Adults Need Healthy Lunch Boxes Too – Grown Up Choices to Keep Us On-the-Go!

Back to school time is a great chance to think about not only what our children eat when they are away from home at school, but also for the adults in the family who want to brown bag it with healthy options. We can save money by making our own lunches, save time while enjoying…

I am worried about my two year old getting enough to eat. Should I push her to eat more?

That’s a very tough one for many parents, thanks for asking since so many are going through the same issue! I had the same concern when one of my children was that age too! Parents worry whether they are giving their young children, who may not be able to voice their hunger or thirst, enough…

Picking & Enjoying Vegetables in Season – Old Favorites and Some New Friends

Picking & Enjoying Vegetables in Season – Old Favorites and Some New Friends

Farmers’ Markets are seeing a resurgence in the US, as more of us are buying local food and searching for the freshest foods for ourselves and our families. Buying fresh food means using foods more quickly so that there is little time for it to either spoil or lose essential nutrients. Buying produce when it…

I’ve heard a lot about kale but haven’t tried it yet. Can you tell me why it is supposed to be good for me?

Isn’t it interesting how foods that have been around forever seem to become trendy and end up on everyone’s plate? Kale is one of those foods. I have been familiar with kale for over thirty years, since it was a staple in our grandfather’s garden. We would eat it in many different ways. We couldn’t…

Eating Organic Food – Does It Impact Nutritional Content?

Eating Organic Food – Does It Impact Nutritional Content?

Many of us are trying to get a bigger nutrition bang for our buck. We’ve taken note of the messages that it is very important to eat more nutritious meals and have begun to search for which foods bring more nutrition to the plate for the money we are spending. We also heard it is…

I am trying to lose weight. Should I keep a food log?

That is a great question! I strongly recommend that anyone who is trying to lose weight or trying to eat a more healthful diet overall keep a food log or diary. Putting down in writing, using an app, computer program or document to track exactly what you eat and drink can help you see ways…

New Year, Better Health – Back to School Nutrition Tips

New Year, Better Health – Back to School Nutrition Tips

The school bell is ringing and it is time for the kids to go back to school. Many parents are shouting yeah! and others are shedding tears. One thing is true for all of us and that is, we want our kids to be healthy this school year and eat well while they are away…

I buy wheat bread but everyone keeps saying it might not be whole wheat. How do I know?

The push is on to eat more whole grains but, like you, many find this harder than they thought it would be. Which foods are really whole grain and does wheat mean whole wheat? Let’s first talk about grain in general. Refined grains are used in our foods more than we realize. When a whole…

Artificial Sweeteners: Can (& Should) They Help You Reach Your Weight Loss Goal?

Artificial Sweeteners: Can (& Should) They Help You Reach Your Weight Loss Goal?

Artificial sweeteners — to use or not to use them? This is a question I have been asked by more people than I can count throughout my career as a dietitian. Whether teaching diabetes classes, doing individual counseling sessions or just pushing my cart through the grocery stores, people want to know if sugar substitutes…

Essential Oils, Nutrition & Health: Harmful, Helpful or Just Hype?

Essential Oils, Nutrition & Health: Harmful, Helpful or Just Hype?

Like you, I have been approached by many who are promoting ‘nutritional’ oils to relieve all types of health conditions. I am skeptical and have many questions about the safety and effectiveness of essential oils. Not to mention how much they will cost me to gain their ‘benefits’. I began to wonder if they are…

I thought I knew what to look for on the label but I was wrong! The calories listed on the front did not line up with the truth for the food I ate, what should I look for?

This is very frustrating for all of us, including dietitians. I was recently duped by the label on a popcorn box! The front of the box said 160 calories and I thought that for the bag and used that to compare other microwave popcorn. Was I wrong! The true calories of that popcorn according to…

My mother complains about a dry mouth all the time. What can I do to help her?

Thank you for being a caregiver for your mother and wanting to do all you can to make her comfortable. There are several reasons why she can be experiencing a dry mouth for you to check out. It is very common for older adults to experience dry mouth but should not be considered a normal…

I read that pregnant women should eat more fish? Can you explain?

Hot off the presses! The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have just released advice for pregnant women, women who are breastfeeding and young children, suggesting those groups eat more fish. They do go on to state that the fish should be low in mercury, which is something that dietitians…



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Kathy Birkett RDN

Hi, I'm Kathy Birkett. I've been providing nutrition advice and education for many years to people in a variety of nutrition settings and have gained expertise that I would like to share with you and your family.


I am a registered, licensed dietitian with knowledge to help you achieve a sustainable lifestyle plan for both you and your family!


I have a passion for good health, nutrition and physical well-being for all ages. I want to help you in your wellness journey by providing nutrition and health information!


I encourage you to read my articles, ask a question or send me a suggestion that can help everyone as we walk the path of health together!


Here's to your health!

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