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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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?
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!
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 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.
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