10 reasons why the keto diet could be making you gain weight

Keto is one of the trendiest diets out there right now, but I'm really not a fan for most people.

I prefer working with clients to help them find an eating pattern that's going to work long term and keto just isn't that kind of diet. 

I recently spoke with Insider on why people might end up gaining weight on keto (hint: a lot of people who think they're doing keto are actually doing it wrong.)

Check out the article here.

6 surprising reasons frozen food is good for you

I'll admit my fridge gets a lot more use than my freezer, but it's not because frozen food can't be good for you.

I have the luxury of swinging by the grocery store or my favorite farm stands almost every day, but I see the value in having frozen options on hand.

When it comes to the frozen food aisle, you've just gotta know how to decipher between the good stuff and the junk.

Check out this piece on Insider that I was recently featured in that discusses why and how you can incorporate frozen foods into your meals.

Two more days to save on packages

If you're like me, you've been taking advantage of the deals and discounts during Hamptons Wellness Week.

Last weekend I stopped by the kickoff event at Topping Rose House to meet the other amazing providers throughout the East End,

On Wednesday I took my first class at the brand new Tru Fusion in Southampton. While most of the classes are heated, which isn't typically my thing, I took the unheated (though still quite warm) Kettle Booty and man, I felt my booty the next day. I liked the energizing music and welcoming personalities of the instructors, which made the difficulty of the class more manageable. I'll definitely be back again for another workout.

Tomorrow, I'll be at the Topping Rose House for the final event. I'm looking forward to the class from Exhale, one of my favorite studios in the Hamptons.

Just a reminder I'm offering 20% off all sessions and packages booked during Hamptons Wellness Week (just two more days!)

Sessions are good throughout the summer, so stock up now. 


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Hamptons Wellness Week

Hamptons Wellness Week is just a few days away, and I'm super excited to be participating as a local provider....so excited that I started my promotion early!

From now until June 9 I'm offering 20% off all single sessions and packages. Book now at this discounted rate and use your appointments all summer long!

Wellness is about living and feeling your best and I'm here to help you do just that.

I help clients gain more energy, squash digestive issues, conquer emotional eating, have glowing skin and hair, develop a positive relationship with food, and learn how to choose foods that are nutrient-dense and health-supporting.

Most importantly, I help clients figure out what works for them, because everyone is different and diet isn't one-size-fits-all.

Book now and start feeling your best today!


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Hamptons Fit Now Has an App

Last month I announced I'll be working with Hamptons Fit, a premier athletic training and wellness company with the leading fitness instructors, trainers and wellness professionals on the East End. 

Today the Hamptons Fit App went live in the App Store! Click here or visit the App Store and type in “Hamptons Fit” to find it, download and register!

You'll be able to book sessions with me and also join group classes or buy individual sessions or packages to use with me or other trainers.

If you have any questions about booking sessions through Hamptons Fit, email me at jenn@hamptonsrd.com.

Introducing Hamptons Fit

I'm so excited to be a part of the launch of Hamptons Fit---officially launching TODAY! Hamptons Fit brings premier athletic training to your door (or the nearest facility of your choice) and is comprised of the leading trainers and wellness professionals on the East End. 

While most athletic and wellness companies (my own included) offer specialty services in one field, Hamptons Fit offers a suite of services under one platform for convenience in purchasing packages and scheduling sessions. You can book personal training sessions, tennis lessons, swim instruction, team sports coaching, nutrition services (by yours truly!) and massage therapy all on this single platform.

Hamptons Fit is perfect for individuals who are interested in combining sports training with nutrition and massage, or for families with children who want to pursue different activities. You can always book group sessions with friends and family, or join a group session put together by Hamptons Fit.

The site just launched TODAY! If you're interested in purchasing a package, we're offering 20% off all this month (sessions can be used all summer long). Email me for the code at jenn@hamptonsrd.com.


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The 10 Foods Nutritionists Won’t Even Touch

My family, friends and clients all know there aren't many foods that are simply off limits to me. Sure, lots of foods should be an occasional indulgence and don't have a place in the everyday diet, but there aren't a lot of foods I never ever eat.

That said, there are a few.

I was recently asked to share what I'd never eat with HealthiNation. Can you guess what my response was?

Check out the post here!

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New Years Specials

I get it. Losing weight, cutting processed foods from your diet, or reaching any health goal is tough. And even though January is hyped up to be the month of "resolutions," it can often feel tougher. There's pressure to drop the pounds, the weather is cold and snowy, and it's dark by 5 pm. It's no wonder 80% of New Year's resolutions fail by February.

I want to help you reach and maintain your health and wellness goals.

To support you in getting your health back on track, I'm offering New Year's specials for the next month. Email or call me now to learn more and book your first appointment!

 Photo by Edgar Castrejon on Unsplash

Photo by Edgar Castrejon on Unsplash

Workshop this Saturday at LOFT35 in East Hampton

Just a reminder that I am hosting a FREE nutrition and goal setting workshop this Saturday, January 13 at LOFT35 (in the Lululemon) in East Hampton. I'll be sharing the 8 essential steps for meeting your goals in the New Year and there will be plenty of time for nutrition Q&A.

The workshop starts at 1:30 PM and should last about one hour. Check it out on the LOFT35 site!

Hope to see you this Saturday!


Happy New Year + Two Events in January

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fun celebration last night to kick off 2018.

I am hosting two FREE events this month to help the Hamptons community get a jump start on goals for 2018.

On Wednesday, January 3 I will be leading a class on goal setting at Wild By Nature in Hampton Bays from 7-8 pm. There will be plenty of time for nutrition Q&A after my talk! More details are available on their website.

Then on Saturday, January 13 I am hosting a goal setting workshop at LOFT35 (in the Lululemon store) in East Hampton at 1:30 pm. We'll be discussing the simple steps you can take today that will help you reach any new year goal, followed by a nutrition Q&A.

I hope to see you at one of these events, or, as always, contact me directly at jenn@hamptonsrd.com to book an individual consultation.


Happy Holidays!

Yesterday was the Nutritious Life team holiday lunch at ilili in NYC. It was so nice to see the team (and the food was SUPER delicious!)

We started the meal with fresh pita bread, hummus, labne (strained yogurt with olive oil and spices), dandelion greens with pine nuts, and INSANE Brussels sprouts with grapes, fig jam, walnuts and mint yogurt. For my main, I had seared diver scallops with pomegranate and eggplant (check them out below!)

Enjoy the next week of holiday fun, remember to take time to focus on yourself, and don't beat yourself up if you fall off track with your goals--you can always hop back on.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!


Your One Goal for a Stress-Free Holiday Season

'Tis the season of holiday parties. The next few weeks might seem like a blur of celebrations and feasts, but that doesn't mean you need to sideline your healthy living goals. No matter what you're aiming for--to lose or maintain weight, to exercise daily, to lower levels of stress--you can make progress towards your goals with one simple action: Be mindful of your decisions.

Let's face it, the holidays can feel overwhelming. Between decorating, buying gifts, planning menus and attending parties, to-do lists can pile up pretty fast, leaving little time for self-care.

And when it comes to food, the holiday season can feel like one big never-ending buffet. How can you possibly stay on track when there's an open bar and cookie exchange on every corner?

Yes, losing weight or reaching any health goal is a journey, and it's not going to happen over night, especially during the holiday season. But you can stay on track and feel in control if you stay mindful.

When it comes to food, take a step back before you fill your plate. Do you really want that cookie (or piece of cheese, or scoop of stuffing, or whatever it is in front of you)? How will you feel ten minutes after eating it? Later that night? The next day? Take time to stop and think about your choices, and if you do decide to take a bite, savor the taste and texture (rather than scarfing it down).

As for self-care, take time for yourself every day, whether it's mediation, a yoga class, a run outside, or even just a leisurely cup of coffee. It's okay to slow down. Stay in tune with your body and your emotions; this will help keep stress at bay, and ultimately make it easier to reach your goals.

Remember, the holidays are a time for family, friends, and giving, and it's okay if you aren't perfect. Staying mindful is the first step towards healthier living, and if you are in tune with how you body feels and the choices that you make, it will become easier to reach your goals. 

Wishing everyone a healthy and happy holiday season!

 Our dog Brock is already over the holiday season!

Our dog Brock is already over the holiday season!

How to (Really) Have a Healthy Thanksgiving

It's that time of year again: Cue the articles and blog posts about staying healthy on Thanksgiving. I'm a Registered Dietitian and even I have to let out a sigh. I'm sure by now you know that pecan pie has more calories than pumpkin, that white meat is leaner than dark, and that sweet potatoes are a better choice than traditional mashed (unless of course they're buried under marshmallows). These tips aren't news. And on a day meant for family, friends and, well, giving thanks, should calorie-counting and portion-measuring really be at the front of your mind?

My philosophy for staying healthy on Thanksgiving is slightly different and easy for just about anyone to follow. Follow these four tips and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

1. Eat What You Want...

Yes, I want you to eat what you want. Thanksgiving is one day and most dishes on the table won't be served again for another 364 days. Love green bean casserole? It's heavy as hell, but feel free to add a scoop to your plate. Live for grandma's stuffing? It's called stuffing for a reason, but go ahead and make some room. Thanksgiving foods represent tradition, nostalgia, family and love. Any other meal you'll be choosing lightly sauteed green beans and fiber-packed whole grains, but this is Thanksgiving. If you want the marshmallow-covered casserole, be my guest, knowing marshmallows have no place on the table any other day of the year.

2. ...But Be a Little Picky.

Eat what you want, but don't eat just anything. If you don't truly love it, it doesn't belong on your plate. I skip the mashed potatoes. I don't dislike them, but I don't go crazy for them. Be a little picky, focus on what you love, and make sure every bite is special.

3. Use Common Sense

There's no need to break out the measuring cups or kitchen scale, but come on, you know when you're full. Take reasonable portions of food and don't feel pressured to finish everything on your plate. Eat slowly, savor each bite, make conversation and take a moment to realize when you're done. Dinner shouldn't be uncomfortable and require elastic pants. Use the same mentality for alcohol. You know when you've had enough.

4. Get Back on Track

Yes, everyone loves leftovers, but the day after Thanksgiving is the day after Thanksgiving and time to get back on track with your healthy eating plan (okay fine, after one killer leftovers sandwich). Stuffing shouldn't be on the menu for the next seven days. Turn your focus back to fresh vegetables, whole fruits, lean proteins and whole grains. There's always next year for your Thanksgiving favorites.

Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving dinner!


 I prefer the fresh, homemade stuff, but if canned sauce is your tradition enjoy every super-sweet bite.

I prefer the fresh, homemade stuff, but if canned sauce is your tradition enjoy every super-sweet bite.

New Blood Pressure Guidelines Released by AHA

Yesterday, the American Heart Association announced new guidelines that set a lower threshold for diagnosing high blood pressure. High blood pressure will now be defined as anything above 130 over 80.

Here's the full breakdown:

—Normal: Under 120 over 80

—Elevated: 120-129 over less than 80

—Stage 1: 130-139 over 80-89

—Stage 2: 140 over 90

There's plenty of controversy surrounding this change. People are claiming AHA made these changes just so doctors can sell more blood pressure-lowering drugs.

In reality, these changes give people a more realistic and honest idea for who might be at risk of heart disease, stroke, and other heart-related problems.

And it's not just drugs that can help with lowering blood pressure. More importantly, it's lifestyle factors that will bring long term success. Losing weight, eating less sodium and sugar, eating more fruits and vegetables, making healthier lifestyle and dietary choices, exercising and moving more, not smoking, and lowering stress levels can all help reduce blood pressure and lower risk of disease. 

In my practice I help clients focus on long-term solutions for managing health. If your blood pressure falls above normal levels and you're ready to make a lifestyle change, contact me now for a consultation and we will design a lifestyle plan that will help get your health back on track.

 One way to help lower your blood pressure: eating more vegetables and fruits, which are packed with potassium and fiber.

One way to help lower your blood pressure: eating more vegetables and fruits, which are packed with potassium and fiber.

Nutritious Life Masterclass 2017

I just got back from an INCREDIBLE trip to California for the Nutritious Life Masterclass in Santa Monica. I am so proud of our small team and super impressed by all of the amazing women who attended.

Masterclass was a two-day event bringing together some of the leading experts in the wellness industry to discuss nutrition science and trends, eat delicious (and healthy!) food, work out with top trainers, and learn business and counseling skills.

While all of our speakers were informative and inspiring, some personal highlights were:

  • Sam Polk who talked about Making Healthy Food Affordable for All. Sam is the founder of Everytable, a grab-and-go style eatery in Los Angeles that aims to provide nutritious meals at an affordable cost. They price meals according to the neighborhoods they serve making nutritious food accessible to the local community. I was moved by the mission and stopped by the location in Santa Monica. Everything looked seriously delicious and healthy for the same cost as a traditional fast food meal.
  • Kelsey Patel, a spiritual empowerment coach and Reiki master in LA, led the group through a powerful discussion followed by an introduction to Reiki, which was new for me. Kelsey was truly inspiring and made everyone in the group feel comfortable to open up and share their fears. Early on a Saturday morning, she really brought the room alive.
  • Pamela Salzman, a natural foods chef, led a discussion on adapting recipes to fit different lifestyles. I resonated with Pamela's philosophy on cooking with whole foods and love that her goal is to get clients more comfortable in the kitchen so that they have to confidence to experience with flavors and cook on their own.

I am so proud to be a part of the Nutritious Life team and am already counting down to Masterclass 2018!

 The Nutritious Life Team on the beach in Santa Monica!

The Nutritious Life Team on the beach in Santa Monica!