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Top 10 Social HealthMakers: Nutrition
Let’s face it: Whether you’re trying to lose weight, plan meals for your family or grab breakfast on the go, eating healthy isn’t always easy. Luckily, these top nutrition experts—including leading doctors, registered dietitians and chefs—are here to help take the guesswork out of healthy eating.
100 Days of Real Food
If all of us make the right choices together then we can make a big impact, which will help change our country’s food system for the better.
Lisa Leake is a wife, mother, foodie and blogger. On her blog, 100 Days of Real Food, she chronicles her family’s journey as they seek out the real food in our processed food world. What started as a simple pledge has turned into a valuable and practical resource that’s now read by millions around the globe. The blog challenges readers to take a 10-day pledge or commit to “100 days of mini-pledges” to eliminate processed food, providing tips on meal planning, packing school lunches, shopping for real food and more. Leake is also a regular contributor at TakePart.com, a website devoted to providing socially relevant news and encouraging readers to take action.
Mark’s Daily Apple
I believe that the more people talk about health with each other, the better. Taking charge of your health is up to you.
Mark Sisson is the man behind Mark’s Daily Apple, a blog and forum for people to investigate, discuss and rethink everything assumed to be true about health and wellness. Sisson is a former distance runner, triathlete and Ironman competitor. Sisson has written several wellness books, including The Primal Blueprint, and his articles are often featured on The Huffington Post.
Food Network’s Healthy Eats Blog
Your state of mind plays a huge role in weight loss success. Instead of crash dieting, … commit to making long-term diet and exercise changes that you can actually stand to stick to from here on out.
As a founding contributor for Food Network’s Healthy Eats blog, Dana White whips up healthy and quick recipes for busy lifestyles. Her recipes have been featured in various print and digital media outlets, including Shape, Seventeen and CookingLight.com. White is also an associate clinical professor of athletic training at Quinnipiac University and the owner of Dana White Nutrition, a fitness consulting firm that specializes in culinary nutrition counseling, recipe development and sports nutrition.
About.com Guide to Nutrition
Actually, you don't have to give up your dessert if you're used to a nightly bowl of ice cream. Just cut back -- serve up about half the amount you normally eat and fill the rest of the bowl with fresh fruit.
Nutritionist Shereen Jegtvig has been a freelance writer for About.com’s Guide to Nutrition since 2004. During her 16 years of clinical practice, Jegtvig saw how eating nutritious foods affected her patients' well-being every day. Realizing that she needed to reach a larger audience, she left her practice and began writing. She now teaches Evidence Based Nutrition, Fundamentals of Nutrition, and Epidemiology for the Health Sciences at the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. She is the co-author of two books: Superfoods for Dummies and Clinical Anatomy for Dummies.
The only message I keep hearing is that you believe your kids need better food, and that you want help to keep cooking skills alive. That's why this Food Revolution matters.
A phenomenon in the world of food, Jamie Oliver is one of the world's best-loved television personalities and one of Britain's most famous exports. Oliver has had huge success in television, inspiring people to spend more time in the kitchen and even to start growing their own food. His programs have now been broadcast in more than 100 countries including the United States, Australia, South Africa, Brazil, Japan and Iceland.
Avoid refined, processed and manufactured foods. I believe that consumption of these foods … underlies the obesity epidemic in the U.S. and presents a major threat to physical and emotional health.
With a medical degree from Harvard University and years of experience practicing natural and preventive medicine, Dr. Andrew Weil serves as founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center as well as clinical professor of medicine, professor of public health and the Lovell-Jones professor of integrative rheumatology. As an internationally-recognized expert on healthy lifestyle and healthy aging through a philosophy of integrative medicine, Dr. Weil has sold approximately 10 million copies of his books. He serves as editorial director of DrWeil.com and is a columnist for Prevention and a contributor to a variety of medical and wellness publications.
Fit Bottomed Girls
I didn’t want anyone to have to suffer like I did—I wanted them to realize that being a certain size [isn't] always a direct line to happiness and ... obsessing about weight and calories [is] a sure-fire way to pass right over living your best life or, really, being truly healthy at all.
Jennipher Walters is the co-founder of Fit Bottomed Girls, a website that features multiple weekday posts with fitness content for real women (and men) interested in increasing their health through physical activity and sensible eating. Its sister website, Fit Bottomed Mamas, helps women transition into motherhood. An ACE-certified personal trainer, health coach, advanced health and fitness specialist, and an AFAA-certified group exercise instructor, Walters has also written for numerous online publications including Shape magazine, Yahoo! Shine, SparkPeople, AOL’s Paw Nation and DietsinReview.com.
Ashley Koff, RD
Ashley Koff Approved
What does it mean to be a qualitarian? It means ... that you choose to be the gatekeeper for what goes into your body ... it means taking pride in being smarter than the front of a package or a commercial.
Ashley Koff runs a private practice that helps patients of all ages achieve their personal health goals, drawing on extensive dietary research and rigorous standards for sourcing methods and marketing integrity. Widely sought for her ability to translate nutrition science into practical and motivating messages, Koff regularly appeared on Good Morning America Health, has contributed to The Huffington Post and is a contributing editor for Prevention. She is also the California state ambassador for Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign.
It's all about choosing a diet plan that's right for YOU, which can be completely different from what's right for your friends. You want to set yourself up for success, and that means picking something that's realistic for your lifestyle.
Lisa Lillien is a New York Times bestselling author and the creator of the Hungry Girl brand, which started in 2004 as a daily email subscription service about eating healthy. Today, in addition to writing to her million-plus subscribers, Lillien hosts the television show Hungry Girl, which airs on the Food Network and Cooking Channel, and writes a weekly column for Weight Watchers. Her most recent bestselling book, Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 Just Desserts, debuted in May of 2013. Prior to Hungry Girl, Lillien worked as a media executive at Nickelodeon, TV Land and Warner Bros.
Mark Hyman, MD
Dr. Mark Hyman
I have always said that your fork is the most powerful tool you have to transform your health, heal our environment, and reduce human and economic suffering from chronic disease…
Dr. Mark Hyman is dedicated to identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through a groundbreaking, whole-systems medicine approach called Functional Medicine. He is a family physician and founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center. Dr. Hyman blogs on DrHyman.com and is a six-time New York Times bestselling author, which includes the #1 Amazon bestseller, The Blood Sugar Solution. Through his private practice, education efforts, writing, research and advocacy, he empowers others to stop managing symptoms and start treating the underlying causes of illness, thereby tackling our chronic-disease epidemic.