Photo by: Pete Duvall, AnythingPhoto.net

What in the world are we supposed to eat?!? Cardboard with hot sauce? Vegetable-infused cocktails? Maybe dessert for dinner.

Each day, a new food emerges that you should eat endlessly, and one that was healthy yesterday but will make your life end early today. 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. And I eat. So I started this blog to help you wipe the confusion food cloud away, 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 young kids, who are growing despite a diet rich in plant matter. 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… Have a question or want a nutrition conundrum addressed? Leave a comment or use these various methods:

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Or go caveman: JKRnutrition[at]gmail[dot]com

Why Bitchin’ Dietitian? 

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!

Just for fun, here’s my 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 now focuses not just on cancer-related nutrition topics, but also prevention of many diseases and includes corresponding cooking demonstrations. The “Food for Life” series is now taught in nearly every state in the U.S. and several countries across the globe. She 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 is currently the Crazy Sexy Dietitian for Kris Carr – a wellness guru and master of all things Crazy Sexy. She still does occasional nutrition counseling at Discovery Communications, Inc., and previous worked with patients at Volvo and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She published a book for Trader Joe’s called “Cooking with Trader Joe’s Cookbook: Skinny Dish!” back in 2011 which is loaded with simple vegan dishes for the whole family and whole bikini body. She writes this nutrition blog at BitchinDietitian.com and can be found on Instagram with her family and food creations. Her Facebook page has been neglected lately, but maybe it’ll be today that she gives it some attention again. Her second youngest child was diagnosed with type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes in March of 2012 at age 2, and her youngest child was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in February 2017 at age 2 3/4. Since then, she’s added a Bitchin’ Diabetes tab on her blog, and has also started mini-jewelry business called Jake’s Jewelry (which should perhaps be renamed “Jake and Annie’s Jewelry”?) making goods out of her kids’ old diabetes supplies, selling them, and sending 100% of the profit to finding a cure. If earrings can’t cure diabetes, what can?


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.


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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