Photo by: Pete Duvall, AnythingPhoto.net

Each day brings news of foods you should eat endlessly and foods that bring on instant suffering and disease. This blog will help you step away from the confusion, and start laughing as you learn the tricks of healthy eating. Jen Reilly is a dietitian in the Washington DC area who not only loves to eat, drink, and be merry, but also help others do the same. Have a question or want a nutrition conundrum addressed? Leave a comment or use these various methods:

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Go old school, and send an email: JKRnutrition[at]gmail[dot]com

Just for fun, here’s Jen’s bitchin’ official (“Jennifer”) bio…

Jennifer K. Reilly, R.D., L.D.

Jennifer Reilly is a dietitian in the Washington, DC, area who is on a mission to make healthy eating hip, simple, fun, and scrumptious. Her passion for plant foods started in high school after being told she’d be grounded if she became a vegetarian, and landed her in the front row of college nutrition lectures shortly after. Once she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Penn State and a registered dietetic degree from Virginia Tech, she became the managing director of The Cancer Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing cancer prevention and survival through nutrition education and research.

While at The Cancer Project, she developed the “Food for Life: Nutrition & Cooking Class Series for Cancer Prevention and Survival,” which focuses on cancer-related nutrition topics and corresponding cooking demonstrations. The “Food for Life” series is now taught in over 30 states nationwide. Jennifer co-authored “The Cancer Survivor’s Guide: Foods that help you fight back!” with Dr. Neal Barnard, and was on the expert panel for the “Healthy Eating for Life” book series focusing on nutrition for cancer, diabetes, children, and women’s health. She has also assisted in writing nutrition textbooks, video scripts, cookbooks, and has developed countless quick and easy healthy recipes.

Jennifer has most recently been providing individual nutrition counseling, teaching group nutrition sessions and cooking classes, and organizing various educational activities at Discovery Communications, Inc. and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and published a book for Trader Joe’s called “Cooking with Trader Joe’s Cookbook: Skinny Dish!”. She writes this nutrition blog at BitchinDietitian.com, guest blogs and moderates forums on KrisCarr.com, and can be found on Twitter @DCdietitian and Facebook. Her youngest child was diagnosed with type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes in March of 2012 at age 2. Since then, she’s added a Bitchin’ Diabetes tab on her blog, and has also started mini-jewelry business called Jake’s Jewelry making goods out of her son’s old diabetes supplies, selling them, and sending 100% of the profit to the JDRF. When she’s not making jewelry out of trash and force-feeding people beans and quinoa, she is chasing after her three young children, pretending to vegetable garden although really just watching her husband bleed and sweat over the garden while she eats the goods, and playing ultimate frisbee.


Keller, Jennifer: The Best in the World II. Washington DC: PCRM; 2002.

Keller JL, Lanou A, Barnard ND. The consumer cost of calcium from food and supplements. J Am Diet Assoc. 2002 Nov;102(11):1669-71.

Reilly JK, Lanou AJ, Barnard ND, Seidl K, Green AA.Acceptability of soymilk as a calcium-rich beverage in elementary school children.J Am Diet Assoc. 2006 Apr;106(4):590-3.

Barnard, Neal D., Reilly, Jennifer K.: The Cancer Survivor’s Guide: Foods that help you fight back! Summertown TN: Book Publishing Company; 2008.

Reilly, Jennifer K.: Cooking with Trader Joe’s Cookbook: Skinny Dish! Encinitas CA: Brown Bag Publishers, LLC; 2011.

Why Bitchin’ Dietitian? 

Photo by: Pete Duvall, AnythingPhotographic.net

There’s got to be a story, right? Always! When I registered my car in Washington, D.C., my license plate was BD-9090. My boyfriend (now husband) and fellow acronym enthusiast said I got that plate because I’m the “Bitchin’ Dietitian.” We joked about it for years, and I finally started this blog in the Spring of 2010 after his encouragement and marketing degree blessing. Thank you DC Motor Vehicles Association and Brian! If you love food, health, and most of all laughter, you’ve come to the right place. Cheers!

Band Members

While Bitchin’ Dietitian Jen Reilly (or Jennifer K. Reilly, RD for future employers) sings acapella on most songs, a couple stylish musicians occasionally accompany her. On the harmonica and banjo….

Sasha Britton

Sasha is a fitness guru and writer with the outreach team at Gym Source in NY, NY. She has written about a variety of beauty, health and wellness topics, all of which she enjoys connecting to nutrition and fitness. She teaches Pilates in her free time, and loves her active (and newly vegan) lifestyle both in and out of the gym. When not writing or exercising, she can be found working on home projects and decorating. She can be reached at sashab[at]gymsource[dot]com. Check out Sasha’s Muscle Meals post.

Kate Flaherty

Kate is an outreach and awareness coordinator for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance.  She’s passionate about complementary therapy and cancer education. Check what Kate has to say about Organic Foods Fueling Cancer Recovery.

17 Responses to About

  1. Patrick says:

    Great blog, Jen!!!

  2. Gail Cooley says:

    Thanks for the info! This week has been tough, I wish I had read this before now…keep the info coming!

    If you don’ have a website, get one…people will love this information!

  3. Yarmi says:

    You rank as the bitchin-est dietitian-est I know. Great (helpful) info. It’s probably not easy to combine omega 3 and comedy, but you seem to rock it. Now I’m off to rock MY bikini in my post-3-spawn bathing suit. Hold the sour cream.
    Your blog…yet another reason to admire you JK! Congrats!

    • reillyjk says:

      Thanks, Yarmi! I’ve been thinking of you lately, esp. today as we drove up to the Germantown Splash Park (the epicenter of the earthquake… why not?!). Want to meet there sometime? Miss you!, JK (the Bitchin’ Dietitian)

  4. Christine Sproat says:

    I was reading your one day of food consumption…I feel like a garbage can compared to the all healthy stuff you eat. I think I need to start making those green smoothies…If Keller can do it so can I!!

    Love the blog!!

  5. Kristin says:

    Hi Jen,
    I love your blog posts when they are on facebook but how do I get notified everytime you post something (I’m not always on facebook)? Do I just continually check your site or can you send me something? Kepp up the awesome job (and humor)!!!

  6. Mike Reilly says:

    Hi Jen—thanks for all the info. We can change alot of things about our diets without suffering. We all like a few treats now and then and you have great ideas and recipes to share. Mike R.

  7. Penelope says:

    I would love to know your thoughts on Robb Wolf and Cordain, plus if you read with an open mind the site of http://www.marksdailyapple.com This way of eating has changed hundreds of lives by reducing inflammation, losing bodyfat, and controlling insulin/glucagon response.

  8. Jen Reilly says:

    Hey Penelope! I just stumbled on Mark’s Daily Apple the other day when researching the safety of microwaves. I read a few great articles on his site and what I read seemed well-backed. However, while I’m not necessarily in favor of the quantity of starchy foods people eat nowadays, the Paleo diet (touted by him and the others) seems too extreme for our current lifestyles. No whole grains or beans? I’d be low on energy and dead! What are your thoughts on these topics? Thanks for your comment! – Jen

  9. Amy Paschane says:

    Hey Jen – what a great blog! It was so great to see you and the kiddos (and eat some of your baking!)Pre-ordering your book today…..

    • Jen Reilly says:

      Thanks Amy! So great to see you and the boys! I think we have a 4T hoodie of yours btw. Thank you so much for preordering the book–I’ll sign it with my favorite carrot pen next time I see you! xoxo Jen

  10. Gail Cooley says:

    Hello there!

    A member here at work is asking about a “gluten free” menu at an upcoming event we are hosting at Chart House restaurant in Alexandria. The chef says they can prepare a gluten free meal from one of there menu choices, but I want to be sure what I’m asking. Obviously, pasta’s and cheeses may have gluten in them, but what other items might I be looking for? Please email me at my work email below. Thanks, and have a great weekend!

  11. Janice Seablom says:

    Got your information from kris Carr. I bought her book so I could get healthy but struggling with a sensitive stomach after some health issues. Having a hard time with veggies! She thought you might be able to help since you are a plant base dietitian. No doctor can find out why I can’t gain weight or feel better! Please help if you can.

    Thank you,

    Janice Seablom

    • Jen Reilly says:

      Happy to try and help, Janice! Email me more details at JKRnutrition(at)gmail(dot)com. Do you think it’s the fiber or lack of fiber causing the sensitive stomach? Do you take daily probiotics like Dr. Ohhira’s? How about hot peppermint tea before and after each meal? Let’s chat! XOXO Jen

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