Photo by: Pete Duvall, AnythingPhoto.net

What in the world are we supposed to eat?!? And how are we supposed to get it where it needs to go? And then what about our pasta-only kids who somehow discovered sugar much earlier than we hoped for? So many questions with so many possible answers!

I’m Jen. Dietitian, mom of 4, vegetable pusher, water guzzler, and accidental expert in type 1 diabetes and making old diabetes supplies into jewelry and gadgets. I eat and feed my family, so why not start a blog? Originally, it was  BitchinDietitan.com (still have and love that), but now that my kids know what swear words are, I’m going with Delish and Healthy-ish. However, I promise to remain the original Bitchin’ Dietitian. Not bitchin’ because I’m angry. Definitely not angry. More bitchin’ in a cool way, although my kids tell me that when I try to be cool, it makes it worse…so that’s good.

I’m here to help you eat simply and nutritiously, save pennies, find more freedom with healthy food, laugh while keeping your food IN your mouth, and figure out how to make today’s healthiest food news into tomorrow’s second breakfast.

I call the Washington DC area home, and I share that home with my darling husband who is always up for trying a new recipe (thank gosh!) and our 4 maniac kids. Two of our kids (Keller and Griffin) wear glasses and the other 2 (Jake and Annie) have type 1 diabetes which was diagnosed for both of them at age 2. If you’re in our family, you must either have issues with your eyes or issues with your pancreas. And because type 1 diabetes should have been cured by now, I’ve started a jewelry and gadget business called Jake and Annie’s Jewelry where I make goods out of the kids’ old diabetes supplies, sell them, and send 100% of the profit to finding a cure. If earrings and backpack charms can’t cure diabetes, what can?

When I’m not force-feeding my family beans and quinoa, checking someone’s blood sugar, and making jewelry out of trash, I’m running late to something, pretending to vegetable garden, or playing ultimate frisbee. My awesome daytime job is that I’m the Nutrition Director for Kris Carr – a wellness guru and master of all things plant-based and Crazy Sexy. Previously, I’ve done years of nutrition counseling at the Discovery Channel, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Volvo, and was the Managing Director for The Cancer Project and a dietitian at PCRM.

Lucky for you, I’ve recently joined forces with my good pal Corinne who has 3 kids, laughs a lot, has a massive cookbook collection, and makes the most amazing kids’ birthday parties. Together, Corinne and I started the Healthyish Podcast with Jen and Corinne and an instagram account to share our tips, laugh about our kitchen and food fails, and help other families navigate the food world while still feeling like they’re doing just fine.

Subscribe to the podcast, follow instagram or email hello@DelishandHealthyish[dot]com to connect.

Wait, How did Bitchin’ Dietitian start anyway? 

Photo by: Pete Duvall, AnythingPhotographic.net

There’s got to be a story, right? 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 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!



17 thoughts on “About

  1. 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!

  2. 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)

  3. 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!!

  4. 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)!!!

  5. 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.

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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!

  9. 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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