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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Why Bitchin’ Dietitian?
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.